By Patricia Chadwick
Oh, how time flies. It seems like just yesterday my oldest son was just a baby. Now he?s all grown up (in his eyes anyway) and graduating high school this weekend.
Where did the time go? Was it really 18 years ago that I brought him home from the hospital and got up for 3 a.m. feedings?
It seems like yesterday that at the age of 4 he road his Big Wheel down a hill right into a lake and we sat laughing on the shore after I frantically dragged him out of the water. Was it really over 10 years ago that we'd stop at a park on the way to his doctor's appointments to eat lunch and feed the ducks from our car?
I can remember so vividly his first day of school. I still have the little presents he used to bring me home on holidays made from his own little hands. They were precious; they still are?to me.
Can this tall, lanky body that I woke up for school this morning be the same little boy that I used to cradle in my arms?
Can it be that this little boy has grown into a fine young man who no longer dreams of being a sports star, but is trying to make plans for his future by deciding on a career that he can dedicate his life to?
Today was his last day of high school. He now enters a whole new stage of life. Is he excited? You bet! Is he scared? Better believe it. He's on the verge of adulthood and he knows it. He's got a lot of decisions to make ? decisions that will affect the rest of his life.
I want to be a part of that. I want to be available for him to ask my advice, yet I want to give him the freedom to make his own choices. I want to guide him, but I want him to choose his own path.
He asked me to help him plan his college schedule for the fall semester, but when he went to register, he came home with his OWN schedule that seemed to suit him best.
I could try to hang onto the past and try to keep him as my little boy for a few more years. But, the baby bird has to leave the nest sometime. I?m just glad I'm here to see him soar!
Patti Chadwick is the creator of Parents & Teens found at www.parentsandteens.com. She is also the author of
MISSION POSSIBLE: RAISING GREAT TEENS! and LOOK UP! A 30-Day Devotional Journal for Teens. Both books are available on her website in both ebook and print formats. To purchase visit: