My husband and I do not have children. One reason this did not bother us is we had four nieces that lived within 10 minutes of us. The oldest has graduated from college, started a new job, and has an apartment in a big city. The youngest just started high school.
As I talked to the oldest tonight, wishing her well on her new apartment and new job, I could hear the little girl in her voice. The little girl who helped me make dinner every night when I lived with grandma. The little girl who followed me around wherever I went. The baby who fell out of her mother's arms and into mine when we ran into them at the mall. This precious child is an even more precious adult.
She is intelligent, beautiful, and gifted. Within three months of graduation she found herself a job in a new city and state. Within a week she found an apartment and moved in.She is self-supporting and self-sufficient. I am very proud of her to say the least.
My youngest niece just started high school. She is a serious student far more interested in her grades than boys. I'm waiting for that to change at any moment. She is a straight A student who is also athletic - an excellent swimmer. She is also creative - she beads with her aunt. She is growing into a precious adult too.
Never fear, I shall write about my other two nieces at another time. These two extremes just strike me. The one just stepping out into adulthood and the other just stepping out into high school. Two very important beginnings in life happening at the same time to two very important women in my life. It is a privilege to watch it unfold.