How does one learn to be the mother of an adult? One of my favorite songs has a line in it that says "Life's about changes, nothing ever stays the same..." And that pretty much sums up how I'm feeling today. It would be so much easier to focus all my parenting skills on life events like what to do when the dog chews off Batman's legs, or the consequences of staying up past a 9:00 bedtime, or even throwing together a rock collection display at the midnight hour for science the next day. But those types of dramas are behind us, and together we've moved on to the real world.

Remember, as much as these are unchartered waters for you, they are for me as well. So try to be patient with me, as I stuggle to figure out where I fit in to your world now; and I'll try to be patient with you as I remember that I raised you to make good decisions, to be kind to others, to have your own opinions, and to live a life that makes you happy, one you can be proud of.

Happy Birthday.

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