Ready or Not

Anna and red boards

Photo: Julia Ozab

It’s the first day of third grade. She’s ready … I’m not.

It’s her first ride to school on the bus. She’s ready … I’m not.

It’s Monday through Friday out of the house after three months of summer. She’s ready … I’m not.

She talks about what she wants to be when she grows up. She talks about going to college and getting a job. She’s only eight and she’s in a hurry to grow up.

She’s already eight and she’s growing up too fast!

She asks when she can have …

  1. an email account,
  2. a Facebook account,
  3. a driver’s license,
  4. and a credit card.

I tell her …

  1. when she’s nine (and takes the Girl Scout Internet Safety pledge),
  2. when she’s fourteen (and shows she’s mature enough to handle it),
  3. when she’s sixteen (and takes Driver’s Ed),
  4. and when she’s eighteen (and shows she’s responsible with money).

Eighteen? That’s less than ten years!

In ten years, she’ll be an adult. In ten years, she’ll be going to college. It’s too soon for me, and it’s not soon enough for her.

But as much as she wants to hurry up and as much as I want to slow down, we’re both traveling into the future at a constant speed of sixty minutes per hour, and twenty-four hours per day.

The time is coming and it will soon be here.

Ready or not.

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3 thoughts on “Ready or Not

  1. The time is coming and will soon be here . . . ready or not. I love that, Anna’s dad. She will always be ready for the next thing. You, most often, will not. The reality of parenting well. Blessings to you as you put her on the bus each day and welcome her home from 3rd grade each afternoon. You are ready. You just don’t know it.

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  2. Bless your heart…I just dropped both my kiddos off at different activities…a middle schooler and a high schooler…and when the door shut as the last one jumped out to join their friends, my heart hurt because it is going by too fast…their ready, I’m not either!!! Great post David

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