Every so often a parent is blindsided by a milestone they weren't expecting. And yesterday my oldest son caught me off guard with another one I was not prepared for.
I was sitting at my computer when *bling*, I received an email from him. Yes, he sometimes communicates with us through email - FROM THE BASEMENT. But hey, we'll take what we can get. Anyway, in his email he had links to 3 colleges he was interested in learning more about.
Holy crap, COLLEGES??? That can't be right. I know for a fact it was just a few years ago that we were celebrating his first birthday.
And for sure only a few months ago he and his brother braved the elements at Cub Scout camp
And definitely just a few weeks ago we attended his freshman band concert
And now he's talking about college. Whoa.
But that's the beauty of parenthood - it never stops giving. I can't even imagine how different life would be without these kids to provide all those moments of need, challenge, frustration, pride and joy. What would we have done all these years without having to attend all those Cub Scout meetings, school plays and band concerts? And now we get to look forward to high-school drama, college, new careers, weddings, grandchildren, first-time home purchases and on and on.
It's like we've given birth to a batch of Energizer bunnies.
But of course I wouldn't have it any other way. So yes, here comes another milestone, but it isn't the first - and it won't be the last.