Wednesday, March 9, 2011

They sure do grow up fast

Yesterday I took a rare moment to watch some television and lounge on the couch after Anna’s ENT appointment. I was watching the show about women picking out their wedding dresses. I usually don’t watch it, but for some reason it caught my attention.

In the middle of the show I started daydreaming about shopping with my oldest daughter, Amber, for her wedding dress. Wait, don’t get excited, she’s not getting married anytime soon, but – as most young women – she has begun talking about getting married and having children one day. She’s going to be 20 years old this year and I’ve got to face the fact that she has adult desires and goals…. and – SIGH – she isn’t a child, so to speak, anymore.

It seems like just last year she was worrying about her junior prom, going out with her friends and boyfriend, fretting about whether to get SAT tutoring and taking up too much time in the bathroom. Now she’s buried in college exams, Hope scholarship concerns and trying to decide whether to get an apartment next year as opposed to staying on campus.

I’m really proud of my little girl and I look forward to her sharing experiences with me: Buying items for her first apartment, attending her college graduation, encouraging her through medical school and, yes, shopping for her wedding dress.

What milestones are your children reaching that you’re ready – or not – for?