The day has arrived. When she was born eighteen years ago, we knew we’d have at least this many years before we had completed our job. We nurtured and loved and educated her without really thinking about what would happen when our job was done.
Is the job ever finished? We still have high school to complete and four years of college to see her through, so we are still providing her education. She lives in our home, at least for a little more, so we can still nurture her and provide for her. And no matter how old she gets, she will always have our love.
So what has changed with this birthday milestone? She is legally able to fend for herself. She can make her own choices and mistakes. She can serve her country and vote for the candidates she chooses. And we hope that all we have done and said and thought to this point has stuck and made an impact on her so she can make the best choices for herself.
Today I have two children. And one adult.