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A Mother Learns To Grow
Posted 10/11/2011 1:28:00 PM

All of a sudden you look and they're grown. That's how it feels during the college years. Since Jarrod graduated from high school, I have been in sort of a limbo, not quite sure how, as a mother, I should relate to my son. Naturally, he has needed the help and guidance of his parents from time to time. Of course, we're always here for him. But quite honestly, it's hard to let go of the image that your child still a child.

 

However, I noticed recently that a change has occurred, not a terrible change, just a noticeable change. Jarrod is more comfortable taking charge now, making decisions without having to call up and deliberate with us every time. He has taken on responsibilities that I never thought he would. But then, why wouldn't he? He's 19 years old for crying out loud! Isn't that what we want for our children, to become more self-sufficient and make responsible choices? It's all good.

 

So yesterday when we dropped Jarrod off at school after spending a wonderful Columbus Day weekend with him, I knew I would once again shed some tears. But this time I would not be crying because I was watching my baby walk away. I would cry because, for the first time, I saw a mature, confident young man walking back to his dorm, and I was overcome with pride. At that moment, I knew exactly how to relate to my son. Letting go of that image of the child is not nearly as scary as I thought it would be.

Posted By: Nancy Quill  

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