Waylon Jennings warned us Mommas, “Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys”. Well, my baby boy is nearly 18 years old, a senior in high school and thinks he is all grown up. We spent a few weekends this past summer visiting colleges and getting needed doctor appointments taken care of. I feel a new sense of urgency in my parenting. I use every chance I get to sneak life lessons in. I have found myself reminding him to consolidate errands to conserve gas. When he ripped his treasured hammock, he thought he would just run out and replace it. I reminded him that since he had left his job several months ago, his disposable income was pretty much zero. I told him that he had to learn to live on a budget. I happened to ask him how the wart on his finger that he hadn’t wanted to follow up treatment on…I just about fell off the couch when I saw that it now looked like a baby cauliflower. In my mind, “ how is he ever going to be able to live without me harping on him?”
For the upcoming months, I’ll share with you a few of my growing pains as I get ready to shove my boy out of the nest and into college life. It is my hope that he will be able to do his own laundry, remember to eat a few fruits and vegetables , recognize when he is getting sick, and yes to call his momma. It is my hope that he doesn’t grow up to be a cowboy, but that he does GROW UP!