Bringing Up Baby: A Series Of Firsts… From Diapers To Driving

I remember, in the not-too-distant-past, talking to my own mother Anne Syler about driving; more specifically, my learning how to drive experience. She recalled the day I got my license and drove out of the drive way for the first time without her in the seat next to me. She said she cried. Huh? I mean, isn’t this what she wanted? I didn’t understand what she meant then, but I get it now. Why? Because I am experiencing it with my own daughter. After countless practice hours, several driving lessons and at the expense of my cuticles (I am NOT kidding) my darling daughter, Casey, got her driver’s license. Let me say, it was not an easy road either, no pun intended. The other day, as she hopped behind the wheel to take her brother to the store for candy (luckily that’s just about the extent of her travel), I was keenly aware of what my mother said to me and I understood why she cried. It had very little to do with the driving and much more to do with the fact that pulling out of the parking lot was one more in a series of firsts. Related: Bringing Up Baby: Donuts and Disappointment..  4 Lessons From The Botched Birthday Party  IMG_2096

My mother, sister and I on a girl’s weekend!

 My mother has always impressed upon me the simple fact that life goes by in an instant. It’s that very thing I want to emphatically tell new mothers and would, if their nerves weren’t already shot from screeching babies. You find out you’re pregnant and you want to deliver. The baby is born and you want her to sleep through the night. She’s sleeping through the night but you can’t wait until she’s crawling. When she’s crawling you think about how much easier it would be if she were walking. Don’t even get me started on potty training. Grade school turns to high school which leads to college and beyond. You see where I’m going with this, don’t you? Related: Bringing Up Baby.. A Moment In Time.. They Won’t Be Tiny Forever But as my daughter drove me to the store, I glanced over and I got it. Each of those series of firsts brings our kids one step closer to leaving the nest for good. My driver’s license enabled me to get a job that paid for my college education. My college education launched my career and I never came home again.


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While I may not have been keenly aware at the time, my mom laid the foundation for these series of firsts . . . I didn’t get it then, but now that I’m living and breathing these series of firsts with my own daughter, I get it. Disclosure: Compensation was provided by State Farm via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of State Farm.