Lauren. Wow! How in the world did you ever get to be 18? I have no idea. You are beautiful. Witty. Smart. And you’ve never so much as had a warning, a traffic ticket or an accident or fender bender. Amazing.
We ate at Red Lobster with her dad and her boyfriend CJ on her exact birthday. I usually teach yoga for a couple of hours on Thursday evenings, but I’ve been off yoga for the whole month of January. A choice I made after I found out I had an inguinal hernia and then I decided t get it fixed pronto, so I’ve been recovering. I feel as though a replay from 18 years ago is happening in the way of groin pain. I had a C-section with Lauren and this feels like I’ve had half of one. Not so much fun. Much easier when you have a baby to focus on instead of just PAIN.
Our dinner was nice, we all had a great conversation. After that her beau took her to the mall to buy a pair of Converse. Her dad gave her cash. She had mentioned getting a tattoo for her birthday, so I was thinking that’s what she’d do. But no, she came home late Thursday night with a Hookah instead. What’s worse? A Hookah or a tattoo? Not sure I can really answer that one. Neither I guess. I know her friends vape and I know she does sometimes as well. I know when you turn a certain age, it’s cool to do something that you can only do when you’re that age. Like going to a bar when you’re 21, even if you don’t really drink. I think her boyfriend hit it on the nose when he said to me, “I think she’ll be done with it in like 2 weeks.” He knows my kid well. And I’m glad.
So far she’s on the honor roll in school this year, so that’s exciting after a few years of not really giving a crap about school. She also wants to go to college now which is good and bad. She lost her two free years at OTC due to the not “giving a crap” issue. She’s into childcare and does go to a daycare for school a few times per week. She’s also in a Forensics class and loves it. She mentioned going to school to be a Child Forensic Psychologist. I was like…..is that a real job? Of course it is. What do I know. She scored well enough to get into MSU on her ACT (surprise) but I think we’ll feel out OTC first. Cheaper and just in case she feels like quitting, it will be less of an investment. The forensics program is also at MSU. But if she chooses to do that she can get her basics out of the way at OTC then transfer over.
Lauren has not had a job YET. This needs to change. She did help me clean a bunch of buildings back when I was doing that, but so far nothing on her own. I am hoping now that she’s 18 she will find something that she likes to do. It’s harder when you’re 16. But still. I give her $40 a week for stuff around here and she has to buy her gas out of that. None of her friends work either. Weird. We all worked, from like the day we were old enough to. Things are different that’s for sure. I’m sounding old aren’t I?
Lauren. Follow your heart. Stand up for yourself. Be kind. Stay smart. Show compassion. Fall in love. Get a job. Keep doing well in school. Stay the beautiful, responsible soul that you’ve turned into. I honestly hope that I had a little to do with that. Love You!