As our daughter grows up, we see flashes of the future in the present. With a bit of nervous laughter, we joke about being parents of a teenager. Yikes! We are half way there!
There’s that roll of her eyes in response to some more than appropriate parental guidance. Or, the look that screams “Whatever!”. Sometimes it’s her attitude-rich response to something we’ve said.
Don’t get me wrong: Our daughter has a wonderful temperament. Those that get to know her say she so sweet, courteous, and even keeled. We agree wholeheartedly.
She’s been a wonderful addition to our lives, enriching us beyond – way beyond – all expectations. The six plus year ride she’s taken us on has been a joy and a breeze.
But, we wonder what lies ahead. We wouldn’t change – as if we could – a thing thus far. Will we feel the same in six more years? Will parenting remain seemingly so easy? Will she still be as sweet? What unexpected challenges are coming?
Whatever the future holds, our hopes and expectations remain positive. We can’t wait.