Tuesday, May 08, 2012

She's Starting to Fly

Ever since she was a little girl, Elizabeth has dreamed of flying.

She used to talk about making wings for herself so she could soar like the birds. At times she wished she could just grow invisible wings to use whenever she pleased. It was quite entertaining to watch her little mind work as she pondered the possibilities.
Now that she's a little more grown up, her dreams have become a little more realistic. Elizabeth's latest dream is to get an ultralight aircraft. She figures it's more likely she'll fly with that machine than with the wings she has yet to grow. So now I am entertained by listening her talk with Brian about an ultralight.

Imagine, my little girl flying!

Er, maybe I don't need to imagine it anymore.
Elizabeth turned 16 on April 11, took and passed her road test on the 21st, and we went to the Secretary of State's office to get her driver's license on the 26th. Now my baby girl is out driving the van all by herself. She's driven a friend home, gone to the store to get things she needed, and picked her brother up from track practice. Among other adventures. I was scared by the idea of her driving alone at first, but now it's becoming - well - almost normal.
And as I pondered the reality that my little girl isn't really so little anymore, as I noticed the time for her to leave the nest is drawing nearer, I realized something. She's sprouting wings.

She's starting to fly!



Anonymous said...

awwwwww such a sweet post! I bet she is loving her new freedom of driving (flying, he he). How are you doing with your first now behind the wheel? My oldest is only 5, and when I think about her being out and about driving one day, I get so nervous! Silly right, because it is years away. How are your nerves, now that she is out driving! Do you worry? I think that will be one of my battles when my kids start driving one day, I tend to worry too much.***Chera

Irritable Mother said...

Chera - Sure, I have been nervous. Actually I was more nervous before she got her license than I am now. The thought of it scared me, but reality isn't as bad.
Of course, it helps that she is a safety-nazi-ultra-rule-follower. I trust her to make wise choices. *wink*

Anonymous said...

That is wonderful Karen. Your daughter sounds like a really good kid. I can only hope that one day my kids will also have strong character and make wise decisions.***chera

Irritable Mother said...

You can more than hope, Chera. Pray and model! :)

Anonymous said...

Yes, I do agree! And I meant that too. I only said it that way, because I know that eventually my kids will be choosing how they want to live their lives, and I will not be able to control them. But only offer guidance and hope and pray they make good decisions.***chera