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Ouch! That's a Painful Milestone

Photo by Mandy Cheney

Oh dear. We experienced a growing milestone this weekend that we’ve wanted to postpone as long as possible. I think my husband got his heart broken Friday night when his date practically stood him up.

He hasn’t been turned down for a date in well…ever. That’s because I’m easy. He asks me out, and I rush to the car and tell him to take me anywhere and keep me out really late and put his hands where ever he wants. There’s no playing hard to get happening over here. And before there was me, a girl had to be either stupid or blind to turn him down, so they didn’t.

He was supposed to take another girl out Friday night and I think he was shocked when she requested a raincheck. She’s really cute, I’ll admit. And she has a fun personality and is quite the catch. I was totally cool with him dating her, in fact, it was my idea. He was looking forward to their night out so I’m sure it hurt when she turned him down.

She happens to be 7-years old and she has her daddy wrapped around her finger. She was due for a date with him. When school dismissed on Friday and the phone calls started coming in from all her little friends, she had to make a difficult decision on the spot. One that would have been so obvious not too long ago. She was invited to a “late-over” party, which is p.j’s, pizza, movie, and a night of fun with friends…minus the sleeping over part. I told her she already had plans to go out with Dad, which I expected her to keep, but then she asked for a raincheck. She really wanted to go be with her friends. I let it be her choice.

Ouch. Sending that text to my husband wasn’t fun.

When he received the news, he sent back, “I see how it is.”

I reminded him that he will always have me, and I will never turn him down! I’m not sure that offered any kind of consolation, but that’s the truth. Our kids are going to grow up, move out and move on, which leaves the two of us standing on our front porch waving goodbye as our youngest takes his first step into adulthood. They are going to leave us one day and we will not be the two most important people in their lives anymore.

Sigh.

Granted, that’s in a long time for us, but I think we experienced a difficult first step toward that independence.

She chose her friends over us.

Oh my little kids, please stop growing! It’s all going by too quickly.

Is it hard for you to watch your kids grow?

 

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