Our daughter is nearly 20 years old and has been living back home for the summer…what a blessing! Having another “adult” in the house has been a gift. There have been family dinners and double dates, road trips and errand runs. Conversations range from reality tv to real-life issues. She is confident, reflective and can be a real “perspective-setter” for me. I find that I am learning from her, and I am so proud of the incredible young lady she is becoming.
And yet, my role as a mother continues. She still needs advice and the occasional nudge to rethink her choices or attitude. I find that she still seeks my approval and support in her life.
That was evident tonight.
As I was out with friends, she was at home preparing dinner. The table was set, beverages poured, and she was seated at the table (quite proudly) when I arrived home…to find margherita pizza…created with cherry tomatoes…and
fresh basil...nope fresh tomato plant leaves! She had gone out on the deck, cut off a few vines, chopped up her “basil” leaves and tossed them on her pizza. Oops!
Yep, my parenting skills are still needed. I must teach her how to identify fresh herbs.
And so much more. A mother’s job is never done.
Anything else that I am forgetting? Anything that you wish your mama would have taught you?