Conversations Inside My Head and Out

Daughter:  I can't believe that I'm going to graduate high school in only seventy-one days. Me:  WHAT?! InternalMe:  WHAT?! WHERE DID THE TIME GO?  I'VE LOOKED FORWARD TO THESE YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP AND SHOPPING AND HUGS AND COFFEE AND SHARED INTERESTS AND TV TOGETHER. HAS IT BEEN FOUR YEARS ALREADY?!  Daughter:  Yeah, I can't wait.  I…

Anticipation

I dropped her off two weeks ago yesterday.  She left the next morning with her aunt and uncle and cousins.  They were heading west to meet my parents at the halfway point between their house and ours.  That's not a quick road trip when you live in Texas.  They all had lunch together and stretched…

Mothers and Daughters

It's been relatively quiet this Summer.  Mostly because the two youngest have been taking accelerated courses (Physics and Economics/US Govt) to get them out of the way for the Fall. The two older boys have been working and Randa and I have been sleeping in a lot and just hanging out. But there are only…

You Don’t Understand What It’s Like to Be Me

"You don't understand what it's like to be me!" shouted mynearly 12 year old daughter when I told her she could notsleep on the couch and instead had to sleep in her bed. Ofcourse I don't. Just like I don't understand what it's like to be her nearly 13 year old brother or her 15 year…

Bright Spots in My Day Today 4

So, here's my other beautiful daughter, Samiya! She's 11 years old and sharp as a tack. She makes straight A's and loves to read and write and play word games with me. She's definitely in the genius range on the I.Q. chart and I do not say this only because she's my kid. She's got…