Where has the time gone?
Not even joking, y’all. My oldest called me the other day, and she’s about to register for classes for next year.
Her SENIOR year. Of college.
WHAT ON EARTH? How did this happen?
I mean, I know, time passes, but I very clearly recall every single emotion I felt the day we moved her into her first dorm room on campus almost three years ago. It has been a roller coaster ride for sure, but like those rides, it will be over before we’ve even caught our breath good.
Aub is planning on going to law school after graduation. She has a plan, and she’s making it happen. Make no mistake, she is the one taking care of all of the things she needs to do and doing them. She got her internship which turned into a great job. She read and decided what it will take to be accepted into law school. She studied for and did well on the LSAT. She has a notification set on her phone to remind her when to turn in her application to the school of her choice. She’s even looked at places to live while in law school.
I blinked, y’all. This is what I get for doing THAT.
When she called me the other day, she discussed that she is going to drop her second major and make it a minor. The classes she needs aren’t all being offered when she can take them, and she would have to double up and take a lot of hours to make it happen.
As I’ve mentioned before a time or ten, change is not my friend. So this change made me a little nervous, and I talked with her about all the ways that maybe she could still keep the double major.
I mean, I had to, right? It’s my job as her parent to tell her what I think is best.
And later that night, after everyone else was asleep, it hit me like a hammer upside the head, that NO. That is not my job.
It is not my job to tell Aub what the right thing to do is. It is my job to teach her how to decide the right thing for her. And then let her do it.
And I recalled her words, “If I drop the second one to a minor, I can continue working, and the work experience will be more valuable in the end than a double major, I think.”
She reads. She studies. She researches all the options.
And she thinks some more.
All on her own.
And the one thing I’ve watched and been amazed to see is that when she sets her mind or heart on something, I can sit back and watch it happen. Because it will. When she believes in something, she will do what it takes to make it happen.
She’s a doer and a go-getter, and she is driven when it matters to her.
Tonight I’m thankful for the privilege to be a part of her journey and to see all the amazing things she is already doing in this world. I am thankful for her strength and drive and passion and heart. When her heart is set, look out world. Most of all, I give thanks for this amazing person who is teaching me how to do my job. By letting her do her life.
May we all be so fortunate as to know what we want and go after it.
Love and best wishes to all.