Sitting at the dinner table last night,
chatting with both daughters.
The topic was finding a job;
a topic close to home for both girls right now
as one hopes to relocate,
the other hopes to find her first "real" job
As I sat there listening and reflecting,
wishing the best outcome for both of them
(whatever that might be),
I realized I was worried for both of them:
worried about them being happy in whatever job they find
worried about their young adult lives
that look so fun and exciting most times
but are filled with so much uncertainty and angst at others
Later last night I received an email from a friend
sharing that her son had just broken his collar bone
I knew that she must be concerned and worried
about all the ramifications this will have for her son and her family
Much younger child; a parent who would be worried just like me
That email took me on a trip down memory lane,
thinking about how my worries and concerns regarding the girls
have changed over the years:
Will they sleep through the night?
Finding the right babysitter to care for them while we were at work
Will they make friends in school?
How could we not have known she needed glasses so badly?
Will she make the team for which she tried out?
Will she get the part she wanted for the recital?
Drama about friends and boys
Will they be safe as they learn to drive?
What do you mean you ran over the calming device and got a flat tire?
Finding the college that "fits" them best
Are they safe at school?
Realizing an entire ocean separated us when one studied abroad
and the other traveled abroad
Will she be safe in the big city in which she has decided to move?
Hoping they find the person that makes them happy
First world problems, to be sure
But real worries none the less
Worrying is part of this parenting job
But it's a job I wouldn't trade for anything
Other slices can be found at Two Writing Teachers, Ruth and Stacey's blog, the blog that inspires us all to be here. Thanks so much to both of these wonderful women for providing us yet one more format in which to write!