Adulthood Looms

by Melisa Wells on December 18, 2012

It’s thick in the air around here. I can feel it looming.

As busy as I have been lately, I have noticed.

What’s fleeting around here? Childhood.

I have been doing my best to pay extra attention to my boys, to close the laptop when they are talking to me, to listen fully, to answer them thoughtfully. When they want to play a game with me, I drop everything I’m doing if at all possible and I play. When J wants to show me his latest DJ video, I watch. Same with D and those random YouTube videos that college students seem to spend hours sharing and laughing about. (He showed me “Gangnam Style” way before it became a thing.)

I listen, I answer, I play, I watch, because it’s only a matter of time before that won’t be a daily occurrence.

Just yesterday I not only ordered J’s cap and gown for graduation, but also helped D apply for his first credit card*. Although I will always be their mother, when I take care of things like these I can’t help but feel like we’re on the final approach. The training is almost complete.

Adulthood looms.

It’s a bittersweet feeling until I realize that I know I’ve done well, and then I smile.

*You’d better believe I gave the lecture about credit responsibility and we read the terms of the card together to make sure he understood everything.

  • Liz

    Lump, meet throat.

  • Shannon

    I’m going to need you to give me a pep talk in about 2 years when I’m ordering my first set of caps and gowns, and then another in eight years when my youngest is heading off to college. Okay?

    • Melisa

      Of course. I’ll be waiting for your call. :)

  • Kate Mahoney

    It’s great you are taking the time to enjoy them! Not everyone does this until it is too late.

    If you (or your kids!) have any questions about finances please feel free to ask in the Wells Fargo Community. We answer all types of questions and are hoping to teach people early so they can be prepared!


    • Melisa

      Yes! I had actually looked at the thread in the message boards about the best credit cards for college students. :) I need to go back there and post what we learned when we researched. Thanks!

      • Kate Mahoney

        That would be great! Thank you!

  • Tara R.

    All these grown-up milestones really hit home, and make me feel so old.

  • Sarah Parisi

    Yikes, those milestones seem a million years away but I know the time will fly by!

  • Lisa

    There is just no way your kids are this old!

    And credit cards can be awesome if used responsibly. 1% of whatever we charge gets applied to the principal of our mortgage. Best credit card we’ve ever had!

  • Mrs4444

    As you know, I can totally relate!

    Cap and gown, huh? We haven’t heard anything about that, yet–Better check…

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