My son reached a milestone, and it only took thirteen years in public school to do so: He made his own lunch. Well, it wasn’t the first time, but it was the first time this school year, and he will be doing it for the rest of the term, he says. Trouble is, he left the lunch home before driving off to school.
I discovered it sitting there on the counter where he’d prepared it, so I phoned him. I drove up to where he had just parked the twenty-one-year-old Camry in the pouring rain and handed it off. Sure, I could have left it at home, not phoned him, and let him learn lesson number two, number one being making his own lunch and number two, taking it with him. But I felt he’d done so well to pack the turkey and Havarti cheese on a croissant, baked potato chips, rose-red apple slices, and Goldfish crackers, plus half of his breakfast muffin, that I didn’t have the heart to have him go hungry.
Yes, I drove it up to him. The parenting dance: two steps forward, one step back. But sometimes you’ve got to take whatever progress you can get.
This week’s three gratitudes:
- Rain, precious rain, to fill our low reservoirs and to nourish our parched earth.
- A dry place to live and a roof over my head that hopefully won’t let the precious rain in. (It’s twenty-five years old.)
- A family to care for and to be cared for in return.