The Girl is a Senior now.
In high school.
How can this be? Just the other day, she was asking me to play princess with her and to blow bubbles outside.
Oh wait. That WAS just the other day.
Good to know that some things don’t have to change.
But a lot of things do.
This summer has been full of alterations:
- She’s 17, another birthday celebrated with a water war and a pancake celebration. She loved her requested toffee caramel cheesecake birthday cake and her strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting too. And she’s super stoked about her present this year: tickets for she and I to go see Wicked at that Orpheum. We’ll make a girls’ night of it, dressing up, dinner and the show. It will be epic!
- The Girl has a boyfriend who lives in town, just down the street. We are learning the art of trusting her to remain who she was brought up to be, sharing her time and heart with an outsider and enjoy her bloom and smile when she talks about him.
- The Girl has a job now. She works at TJMaxx and she loves it. As one of our favorite stores, she works the home goods area where she is surrounded by all the things she loves – kitchen gadgets, pans, baking dishes and specialty food items. She also loves the paycheck and having money to “do things and buy stuff”.
- The Girl is getting her license very soon. Yeah, she’s been a late license-obtainer, but she didn’t have need before now. With the job and cold weather about to meet face to face, she’s going to need alternate transportation than a bike. Plus, in her last trimester, she will be leave school the last two hours each day to mentor/work shadow with a psychologist in town, to see the backside of that area of studies. Pretty neat opportunity!
- The Girl has a leadership role on the Robotics team. This summer, there have been a number of meetings about Robotics, the area for which she will captain, and leadership opportunities outside of the classroom. On the opening day or the MN State Fair, she and several other Blue Twilight members will host the STEM Fair, a hands-on opportunity for kids to touch, play and control robots.
- This year, the team created an award-winning video about Team 2220 or Blue Twilight. (I have no idea why that is their name as it was taken 6 years ago when the team began. I have be assured that it had NOTHING to do with the Twilight book series.) In it, you’ll see The Girl talking about the team. (She didn’t know the video was being filmed. She showed up to a meeting one early Saturday morning, straight out of a shower and relaxed about the weekend time. Her teacher said, “The Girl! Head down to the Resource Room for a few minutes, would you?” There she discovered that she had been hand picked to be filmed and was placed on a stool and given the opportunity to talk about whatever she wanted to talk about concerning Team 2220. What you see her saying is on the spot talk. Not bad for a Saturday morning, off the cuff discussion! She said she wish she had known. She’d have done her hair or at least put on blush.)
- The Girl and I, along with her boyfriend and his mom (who I adore!) toured our first college this week.
The Girl wanted to see the University of Minnesota since it has one of the best psychology departments in the area. It was a fabulous tour, detailing so much about the school that I didn’t know. There are boundless opportunities available to her, as well as some scholarship potentials as a girl in the Robotics area.
(Her ACT was pretty high, but she’s taking it again to see if she can’t eek out a higher number to get to that next level of scholarship potentials. One point will make thousands of dollars difference.)
It’s the first of a number of schools she would like to see. I would rather her attend a Christian college, but this is one of those times where I think what I want won’t be worth the battle to win if it will cost me her friendship or belief that I support her. I have to remember it’s her life, and I know that God can use her well no matter where he places her, even thought I don’t want her to go.
Where has the time gone?
It’s gone just as it should, allowing me to love this sweet thing and to have the blessing of being called her friend.