Tuesday, August 11, 2009

milestones

today my son passed his driver's test. on the surface this is an exciting (if you're him) and terrifying (if you're me--just kidding sort of, he's a pretty good driver :) ) milestone.

on a deeper level, it signifies a shift in the dynamic of the parent/child relationship. the first step in becoming an adult. the beginning of the journey of separation from the family unit to an autonomous being. in ancient cultures tribes had specific ceremonies for boys and girls to transition from child to adult, usually involving some sort of painful and permanent mutiliation of their body. thank goodness we have moved on from such procedures and now only strap them into thousand pound hunks of metal and let them loose on the world....

Detail view of keys on a keyring

so while i am happy for him, it's a bittersweet day at my house because my baby is almost not a baby anymore.

Lisa

ps. another milestone, Eunice Kennedy Shriver passed away today. She was an inspiration to many and will be missed

2 comments:

Crystal Kauffman said...

Hi Lisa,
My advice is to make him useful and give him as much practice as he can stand by sending him on every errand you can think of. No more running to the store for milk for you!

Just popped over to say I laughed out loud when I saw your comment on Sophie's blog about her son's thoughtful gift.

Lisa Hughey said...

Hi Crystal! Missed you at the meeting on Saturday :) Thanks for the advice--I will try to keep him super busy. I guess this means I should get more productive, huh?