I stopped by the local 7-11 store this morning for a nice hot cup of coffee. There was a fresh pot brewing, and I waited ten minutes for it to finish. In the past, I have been running behind and have had to settle for the sludge that has been sitting there since 1987. Not today! I was early! I stood and chatted with three others as we anxiously awaited the final drip. Of course, they were all retired and had nowhere to be until noon. But I digress.
Snow White attends school in a neighboring county. It's a 45 minute trip each way. For seven years I dropped her off and picked her up EVERY DAY! My life revolved around her school and activity schedules. When she got her driver's license this summer, I was nervous. OK, I was terrified. I couldn't imagine my baby being out on the road without me. I had no idea what her new-found freedom would mean for me.
My commute has been cut in half. If I am able to leave work early, I can go straight home. If I want to go to the gym after work, I can do so without consulting my daughter about pick-up times. I do not have to get up early to take her to weekend show choir or play rehearsals. If I want to stop by 7-11 for a cup of coffee in the morning, I can do so without worrying about getting behind a bus and delivering my daughter to school late. The amount of free time I now enjoy is mind boggling.
Despite all of the positive things, I really miss that time with my girl. I miss having an hour and a half of one-on-one conversation with her each day. I miss hearing about what's going on at school or work. I just miss HER.
It's our job as parents to teach them to fend for themselves once they are thrust into the cold, cruel world. I'm hoping we have done a decent job. We'll find out soon enough. Until then, I guess I will just appreciate the little things......like a fresh cup of coffee and a chat with the retired folks at 7-11.
Hope your Monday is filled with sunny skies and hugs from your children.