|Our kids go from us being there every step of the way to independence in what seems to be a blink of an eye.|
|Tristan had his first fashion photo shoot at 10 months old.|
|I was there to push him in the swing, and to take him out when he started crying.|
|It's been a long time since he got all of our undivided attention.|
|Tristan's love of performing has made him a target of teasing.|
I pride myself in not being the worrying type. But third grade has brought with it new challenges that I may not have readied myself for, nor did I adequately prepare my son for. And I'm worried.
This week, he will be venturing out into the world with another first. A first that has taken much preparation, physically and emotionally. His anxiety has rubbed off on me, and mine on his. For a kid who has always dived into life's challenges, the vulnerability I've seen over recent issues has required us to grow--to be more open, to listen to each other more, and to reassure each other. Growing has meant rough patches, disagreements, and misunderstandings, but like with any other milestone, after this experience, both of us will come out different people--for the better. If anything, he'll learn to toughen up and I'll get better at holding back the tears.
Menu planning, lots of emails back and forth, a meeting with his allergist, a teacher training on Epi-pens and anaphylaxis, and lots and lots of worrying has gotten us to this point. I don't usually ask for much, but this week I'm asking you to please keep our family in your thoughts, especially my brave boy, who will this week take on the greatest responsibility of his life thus far.