“Mom” my oldest daughter said as she pulled a thick envelope out of her bulging backpack. “I need to have this filled out to turn this in tomorrow.” I gave her the Stink Eye and asked her exactly when she had received it as I accepted the packet. She merely shrugged in the way that only a teenager can do.
I continued chatting with my girl as I casually spilled the contents out of the oversized envelope out. My words were suddenly stopped in my throat as I glanced at the papers on my lap. Papers that I simply wasn’t ready to see. I had to put them down for a while and think of something else until I was ready to deal with them.
I looked at my daughter and marveled at what a delightful young woman she
had become was becoming. It seemed as though it was just last week that I was dropping her off at kindergarten and trying not to let her wails of dismay at being left there break my heart. These days the conversation seems to be of SAT scores, college applications and dorm room decor. We joke that she will have to choose a college nearby so that she doesn’t starve. Our KT’s been getting ready to make that first big leap out of the nest. Her father and I have been getting ready to let her.
A few hours later I braced myself to look at the papers that had been given to every Senior at the high school. It was time to order caps, gowns and announcements for the graduation ceremony that will be held in June. Of course, I knew that day was coming. We’ve been talking about it and planning for it for ages now. It just…took me by surprise.
Those simple order forms made it real for me. Our baby girl really has grown up. In less than two months she will be eighteen….legally an adult. It just never occurred to me that the years would fly by that swiftly. KT has gone from a timid Kindergartener to a confident Senior in what seems like the blink of an eye. I know these last few months of having a Senior in the house will only last a moment.
I can’t wait to see what comes next….