In this age of multi-tasking, our children never just “call”. They may be doing the dishes (I hear water running) or driving somewhere (I hear an occasional curse when a turn is missed). At least they call.
One morning last week, Jeremy called on his way to work. He reminded us that our fifteen-year-old grandchild was leaving on his first by-himself airplane flight that morning to visit a neighbor who is a freshman at the University of Texas. Jeremy sounded a bit uneasy about Leo taking off on his own.
Immediately my head filled with memories of “first times”. When our older son Seth went off to Kenya at age fifteen with a group of kids from his camp to do “a summer of service”, he wasn’t flying alone, but he was going someplace far away and there weren’t cell phones back then. And Jeremy at that same age two years later was off to Sweden and Russia. Worst of all were those first times they were behind the wheel of a car with a new driver’s license.
I reminded Jeremy that even now that he is 47, I tend to check “Find Friends” an app. on my phone that tells me where he is.
Once a parent…