Today I dropped my first born off at the movies with two girlfriends and one brother. Not my daughter's brother, but a brother of the girlfriend. An older brother who can almost drive. The funny thing is... DD brought this up and I hemmed and hawed a little, trying to think of a good reason she couldn't go. I mean, there is one, isn't there? But she's at the end of her 8th grade year. She's 13 now--not exactly an independent...but working on it. Then I found out there wouldn't be an adult with the group. So I called my husband. He had one question, "Is she going to be in a car with other teenagers?"

"No," I answered with confidence. This was an answer I knew! For sure!

"I don't have a problem with that," he said.

I admit, I was both relieved and a little deflated feeling. You mean, she can just go off and hang out with her friends? I admit to not being a sentimental person... I'm not a huge crier. But I was a little struck by how fast the years have gone and by how much things have changed in the last year. *sigh* It's all good. Isn't this what we want?

For our kids to grow up and become responsible, mature people?

Also, in other changes... I'll be signing my first contract soon. I spent the early part of today reading the 17 pages of legalese and then  rereading it to make sure I got it. Fun stuff! And not as hard as I thought it would be. Hey! Maybe I'm smarter than I thought! :D Wheee! Letters from Home is going to be a publishing house! I'm really excited! [can't you tell by all the exclamation points?]

But for right now, I feel like I either need to go run or need a nap. LOL
What a funny place of change to be in.
Have a great weekend, friends.
With Love,