My mom told me years ago that she wasn’t afraid of heights until she had me and my sister, and I always thought that was kind of cute. Then I became a mom and surprisingly didn’t realize I was afraid of heights until I wound up on a road that led into the mountains unexpectedly, with no railings for the drop-offs (Utah…don’t ask). But it’s not just heights….it’s everything. Car accidents, illnesses, murderers…you name it.
When they were toddlers I used to fear everything for them and watched them like a hawk. Now that they’re in middle school, I’ve learned that they can take care of themselves and can walk the streets alone. But the further future also means a lot more independence and not knowing whether they will make the right decisions. When they go away for college, knowing what I had by way of freedom, I can only hope for the best.
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