I’m old enough now (almost 47) that many of my former high school and college classmates have kids in high school and college themselves (I’ll have a high schooler too in two years, omg) and I am always clutching my pearls at how the girls (not to be sexist, but it’s always the girls) are dressed for formal occasions. The dresses are SO short and SO tight. Were we dressing like this in the 90s? I don’t think so. I can’t imagine Joanie, who is only 8 still, dressing that way in a few years but who knows. Kids can surprise you!
Related to the topic of kids growing up so quickly: Jackson, who will be starting 7th grade in a few weeks (!), got back from his first sleep-away camp over the weekend. He was gone for two weeks and he had so much fun and said it was a great experience. I cannot tell you what a relief this is. I had been worried about this for months, but felt it was an important step in his development and since he was open to it, I really wanted him to go. But, man, I was really nervous leading up to it and the first few days he was away. But he did great and he’s open to going again next year. Joanie wants to do one week in two years (the summer she turns 10), which is like the dream.
I thought it would be the case, but now I can say for sure: it gets easier after those baby and toddler and little kid years. I’m so glad to be on the other side of all that.