As I sit here, Care Bear is looking online for work. What a reality check. How did my chunky little toddler turn into a teen nearly ready for the working world?
She’s not 14 quiet yet, but she is literally counting down the days. 14 only seems like a milestone because it’s the official age one can start working, albeit at a limited number of places. While I reassure her she does not need to start working, she knows there are only so many fencing competitions she can go to on our paycheck. She wants more. Buying her a car in a few years isn’t even on our radar, but it is on hers.
I’m not fond of the idea of her working for a number of reasons. I don’t want her exposed to the sexual harassment that can happen in the workplace, I don’t want her to lose focus in her studies, and I simply don’t want her to be gone even more often than she is.
So, while I wish to perfect her environment for the years to come (and realize that’s not possible), I look back on some perfect moments we captured in years past.