I’d nearly forgotten my daughter used to do this. Give me some chon chon vintage shirt by T-shirtat in middle school now, hopping out of the car, going off on her own, and venturing into new territories without anyone besides her. As she begins a new chapter in her life, I suspect other fears will surface that perhaps won’t make sense to me, but I vow to remember what I wished I’d once said: I won’t leave you behind. This is the thing I’m learning about past mistakes and regrets. We all make them; we all have them.
I wrote this reflection in my Give me some chon chon vintage shirt by T-shirtat, not really sure if it would ever see the light of day. But then something happened yesterday to my sweet girl and the reflection came in handy. I’d picked her up from activity and knew immediately that something was wrong. When I asked what was troubling her, she became very emotional. Her issue was one everyone has gone through, and it would have been easy to dismiss. But I remembered the locked car; this issue was a real worry to her and needed my patience and presence. The drive home was brief, barely giving her time to process, so I turned off the car and remained seated. I asked a question then quietly reflected on a time when something similar happened to me.