Friday, June 8, 2018

The Letter

"Have you got all your stuff packed?" I asked as I walked past her room. There were clothes and shoes and other items strewn around the room, but that wasn't really a change.

"I'll get it done!" she whined. I won't miss that attitude, that's for sure!

We were a little surprised to get the letter of her acceptance. She is a highly intelligent girl, but doesn't always apply herself. She frequently forgets assignments and loses track of application dates. She's got a lot of potential, but she hasn't harnessed it yet.

I read an article once that teenaged girls whose mother's nag grow up to be wildly successful. I've told her about it to many rolled eyes. Mostly I just remind myself quietly in my head. I'm walking a fine line between wanting to nag constantly and letting her fail and make her own mistakes. This is the part of parenthood they don't tell you about.

I pull out the packing list to double check that we bought all the stuff she'll need. Obviously we can send her stuff if she forgets something really important, but it would be a bit awkward to accomplish and I'd rather she take it all with her.

This is an exciting time for her. A dream come true, really. She'll be able to learn and study with people like her. She's always been a little odd, but secure in it in a way that makes me proud. I'm not sure she knows what "status quo" means. Actually, I'm sure it's come up in a book or six of hers. She just doesn't put any stock in keeping up with pretenses. At one point I thought that she simply marched to the beat of a different drummer. After parenting her for 14 years, I'm pretty sure she doesn't march, and that's not a drum!

I'm intensely proud of her. Some days it takes my breath away to stand back at look at what I've had a hand in creating. I think this will be a good step forward for her. I know she'll love the library. She'll make good friends. She'll have fun. I know she'll make some mistakes. She'll probably get into a bit of trouble now and again. I know I likely would!

To be honest, I'm a bit jealous. I set her on this path. I cleared the way for her. I encouraged her. I guess there are many times when parents have to live out their dreams through their children. Maybe I can hide in her trunk! It's not fair that she got a letter to Hogwarts and I didn't!

This has been a Secret Subject Swap. This week 10 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:
Baking In A Tornado
The Lieber Family Blog
The Bergham Chronicles
Southern Belle Charm
The Blogging 911
Cognitive Script
Part-Time Working Hockey Mom
Never Ever Give Up Hope
My Brand of Crazy

My subject is: "If you have children, what would you do if they received their Hogwarts letter? Or if you don't, what would your past self think about receiving your own?"

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