Today marks the end of an era. I will no longer be the daily chauffeur for my son. He will no longer need me to drive him to drills, pick him up afterward, take him to fitness, or schlep him to school. He is now a licensed driver.
And, given that he is my last child at home and the last to drive, that means my time is now my own. That means I can book appointments, make lunch dates, and whatever else I want to do on my time-frame without worrying that I’ll be finished in time to pick up my son and take him where he needs to be.
That also means every time he gets behind the wheel, I will get that little clutch in my stomach – you know the one – and worry like crazy until he calls to let me know he’s arrived wherever safe and in one piece. Honestly, I haven’t missed that these past 3 years since we’ve had a teen driver living at home!
But, it’s all part of growing up and letting go, something I try really hard to be good at but still could use lots of improvement. For now, I will be grateful that my son seems to have a very good head on his shoulders. I will trust him to be careful on the road and to remember everything my husband and I (and the driving instructors!) have taught him. And, I will enjoy regaining ownership of my daily schedule even though I will definitely miss the daily car chatter with my son.
The end of an era, yes, but, hopefully, the beginning of something new and exciting for both of us.
(Lisa Stone is an East Cobb mom. Read more from Lisa on her blog, http://parentingaces.com.)