One of the easiest ways to mark milestones in life is on birthdays. I realize now at the end of last week I found another (and certainly the exhaustive list is not two) – 16.0 and I did her first college visit. On a 90 degree day we wandered the West Village visiting New York University.
As we were walking between the buildings around Washington Square Park I could not help but picture 16.0 as a two or three-year old when we first brought her into the city – but now she’s a 16-year old-young lady walking with other perspective NYU undergrads. Quite a difference – and a milestone I wasn’t quite ready for, yet there it was right in my face.
I started to look at the other parents walking along and wondered if they were having the same moment as me. It would be surprising if they weren’t.
Almost every seasoned parent tells new parents (I can still hear the commentary loud and clear) as they are holding a new-born, “Enjoy the time, it goes quickly.” Certainly it does.
I can remember like it was yesterday taking my girls out into the snow for the first time, the first time we got on a plane for a family vacation, the last vacation we took before Risa’s condition worsened.
Now there are new moments for 16.0 to share and embrace. Some of them I’ll get to share in – some will be for her to experience on her own and share (if she wants) with me.
New chapters will be written, new milestones achieved – all starting with the college visit….