Last week, I registered my baby boy for high school.
It brought a great deal of anxiety to our home. There were tears and panic attacks. Late night worry and lots of stress.
And all of it mine.
It is a marvel to me, this child of mine. Where I am worry and uncertainty, he is all confidence and cool. His junior high experience was (thankfully) nothing like mine. He breezed through halls that are fraught with angst and cruelty, and has come away unscathed.
He has aced all of his honors classes and still finds time to shoot a few hoops with his friends in the back yard. He loves freely and laughs often.
He likes the girls, we are discovering, but not overtly so. He's a fierce competitor, but not a poor sport. He wants to be just like his father and he loves his brother more than anyone else in the world.
Quite frankly, he's got us all wrapped around his not-so-little-anymore pinkie finger.
And, in spite of my protests otherwise, he will turn fourteen in just three days.
The clock is ticking on our time with this one. Here's hoping it slows down long enough for me to enjoy it.