Thursday, June 01, 2006

Proud mother moment

Regardless of the date, summer is here. It's not just the heat and the humidity. It's the official end of school. My daughter's trip to the DestiNation: Imagination Global finals meant that her finals were delayed until she returned. Those are over, and the boredom has begun. The womanchild has absolutely no patience, hates cleaning house even more than I do, and I won't be home to make sure she stays entertained. She's also developed a fondness for ready cash without my strings on it. So, she's decided to get a job. Tuesday afternoon, I drove her all over town, stopping at practically every store and restaurant in our little town. She gritted her teeth at all the places that insisted on only hiring adults, hoped that her being 15 wouldn't be too large of impediment with the businesses that would hire teenagers and collected half a dozen applications. I was proud of her when she had completed them all by the time I got home yeserday evening, even though she did start calling me Reliable Transportation after answering yes to that question multiple times. I'm just so proud right now. She could choose to sleep her summer away or just bum around. I wouldn't mind. She is only fifteen, and the days of leisure will come to an end soon enough for her. She knows what she wants though, and it's more than sleeping late, watching TV, bumming around with her friends and staying logged in to her My Space. Damn, that feels good.


Blogger Paula Lambert said...

Kids can be awesome, eh? Thanks for your comment on my "other" blog. I've been planning to email you--will soon. :)

June 01, 2006 9:01 AM  
Blogger Lisa :-] said...

Sounds like her job will be another task added to your list (reliable transportation...) But she will have fun. The social life of a job is a different animal than the one at school. Almost makes you feel like a grown-up. Good luck to her (and you..)

June 01, 2006 10:52 AM  
Blogger alphawoman said...

Sounds like she is growing up.

June 02, 2006 4:36 AM  
Blogger Globetrotter said...

You should be proud of yourself, too! You're certainly responsible to a great degree for the kind of woman that she's becoming. Bravo to both of you!

June 02, 2006 8:39 AM  
Blogger Gannet Girl said...

Good luck to her! It's SO hard to find a job at that age. Most businesses here won't hire anyone under 18; they don't want to deal with the work permit paperwork. If she finds one it will make her summer -- and like Lisa said, make her feel so grown up.

June 04, 2006 6:03 AM  
Blogger sunflowerkat119 said...

I'm impressed. My 19 year old would like to just bum around. Not an option though.

They look so forward to summer break and then they're so darned bored. Joel will probably be out of his mind within the first week.

June 09, 2006 9:56 PM  
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