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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: DRIVE




My only daughter — the one who made me a mom — turned sixteen this past week. (!!!) She takes her driving test this afternoon, and if she passes on the first try, will likely have her license by next week. She will be our first teen driver, and I’m having the full spectrum of emotions — from terror over letting her get behind the wheel all by herself and the whole host of possibilities that could happen to her while she drives alone, to sadness that she won’t need me anymore, to joy and relief that I won’t have to drive her everywhere myself.

The night before her birthday, I scrolled through old photos on my laptop, reminiscing about days gone by. While numerous photos brought smiles and laughter, I also felt a blanket of sadness that we will never get those years back. We’ll never get to parent our kids at those ages again. Those days are gone.

Don’t get me wrong . . . I’m so grateful for the rich life experiences that my family and I have enjoyed over the years. But as they say — when you’re raising kids, the days are long but the years are short.

May we not take the days for granted, for tomorrow they will be gone.

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” ~ Psalm 90:12




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