This is my face when my friend texted me that her 15 year old just passed her permit test!
Weren’t we just cradling these little ones in our arms?
How is it possible that their legs became long enough to reach the accelerator?
But I guess, our little ones are now accelerating through life, making tough decisions, embracing and accepting the positives as well as the negatives they encounter along the way, and we as parents, need to try our best to keep up with their pace.
How is it possible that they are tall enough to see over the steering wheel?
But I guess our little ones are now steering their lives on the path they see fit,
finding the road that fits their journey best and we as parents, need to give them space to explore.
How is it possible that they mastered their left and right to use the directional signal?
Weren’t we just teaching them the trick of making the letter L with their left hand fingers?
But I guess our little ones are masters in finding their direction,
looking to those around them for guidance, taking pause, taking wrong turns, sometimes needing to turn around, embarking on a new path but all the while reaching the end destination.
How is it possible that they are responsible enough to be in charge of a very large vehicle?
But I guess our little ones are responsible since we as parents have shown them the gift of learning responsibility, respect for themselves, admiration for other’s lives and allowing them the strength and freedom to make good decisions.
How is it possible that these little ones of ours can now head out on the road and drive?
I guess it’s simple…it’s because we as parents instilled in our little ones the love of exploration and adventure along with responsibility and respect.
We have provided them with the confidence to: accelerate through life while taking time to slow down…
steer themselves, on a path that guides them, to their destination…
direct themselves in the direction they are drawn to go…
and be responsible enough to confidently know that they make good decisions.
But most importantly, they know that the driveway, that leads to home, is always waiting for their return…