Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Another Edition of Letting Go.....

The other day I blogged about Eric getting on the bus for the first time. Yes, I was up that morning just making sure that he did get on the bus. And so far, so good. I did have to get him up this morning, but I did fall back to sleep for a while too.

Anyway, while we were relaxing after dinner, a gentle knock hit the door. Generally, I would assume that it is my neighbor, she and I are close and she does like to come over and see how things are going. Since I have been so busy, she doesn't come over that much. Ok, so I get up and here are 2 girls that Eric has been in school with for several years. She looked at Eric and asked if he wanted to go over and play ball with them, they were bored and invited him over. She lives over the hill, so it wasn't that far of a walk for them.

This is the first time that anyone has come over and invited Eric to go over their house, but being a girl, well, you all know, that is different. Chuck wandered around the corner to see if she was a cute little girl, winked, and went on his way. Eric came bolting around the corner with one shoe on and one shoe in his hand, and off they went.

Of course I didn't worry about him, he is a good kid and he knows right from wrong, it is very hard to be able to trust any child. There are so many temptations out there, and kids do get into things that the parents just don't know about or don't want to know about.

I called about 7:30 and told him to start hiking home. It is getting darker earlier and I didn't want him walking down the road and crossing the busy street in the dark. He didn't have a problem coming home, seemed like he was ready.

They walked around the neighborhood, played and that was about it. That is fine with me. I just like for him to keep his nose clean........

So, as he gets older, I have to turn lose a little more. I have to let go more, I have to understand that one day, he will be out more, with more friends, and the only consolation that I have is that we have raised him right.