Today I watched my oldest son back the car out of the driveway and drive away. Now, granted, he was in a car marked “STUDENT DRIVER” and he arrived home safe and sound with his instructor (who had his own set of brakes in the passenger seat) two hours later, but still. It is a weird experience. I got so verklempt I had to retreat into the house so that he didn’t see me get a little weepy.
But, I realize that’s how this whole thing works. Eventually they do fly (drive?) away from the nest. And that’s a good thing. So, please just bear with me while I get used to the whole idea.
Together may we give our children roots to grow and wings to fly
One of our favorite family traditions is the annual measuring-of-the-cousins (my boys and my siblings’ kids) when they are visiting their grandparents each summer.
My parents, known as Nana & Papa to their nine grandchildren, have an adorable shed-turned-playhouse in their backyard. Nearly ten years ago (when there were only five grandkids), we took a Sharpie and marked the height of each child on the playhouse walls.
Every year since, we’ve dedicated one summer evening to s’mores around the firepit and seeing how everyone measures up (against their last year’s height and against each other).
You’ve probably never seen kids stand with such impeccable posture.
Everyone has fun seeing the results!
A few years back we started letting the kids write their own names, with some pretty hilarious results.
Each child is so unique in his or her growth rate, even among siblings. I am realizing, that when we measure up this coming summer, one — or two — of my boys will be taller than me. Yikes. How did that happen?
[Want to ‘measure up’ in your own home? Here are some of my favorite growth charts from Uppercase Living.]
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