In a blink.
Or so it seems.
This past week we spent our days enjoying the lake of my childhood, and that of my Father'.
As we soaked in the sun's warmth my boys learned a few skills (water skiing) and overcame fears (un-hooking caught fish). Pretty good for an impromptu vacation, right?
A take away, if you will, from the week are the realities that swirled in my mind as I rode lap after lap around the lake on the wave runner.
"Mom, you wanna ride?" Chase asked everyday.
"You know I do!" I replied.
I "take him for a ride" on the wave runner because I am of age to drive it. What really happens is he takes the reigns and follows the counter clockwise route. I hold on to the back handles and enjoy the the passenger position. Shhhh... don't tell the DNR!
Early in the week as we zipped through waves and pockets smooth as glass , I began to realize quite heavily that this is Chase's last summer before middle school ensues. For me to think that he is not going to change is hopeful but perhaps a bit naive. Although his heart is kind and helpful, he is a 'Tween now. 'Tweens are an interesting breed, I hear. In fact I can almost remember what it was like to be one.
That is how I know my position as his Mom will take on a bit of a different perspective to my budding young fella.
It was almost as if he was growing up before my very eyes--in those moments! I watched him maneuver the wave runner with skill and noticed him increase it's speed and daring as we passed by neighboring hooligans (that are older than he). I even sensed the faint odor of smelly teen in his hair as I was back wind from his unwashed bed head. What was happening? I wanted to hit the red STOP button on that machine!! Pause the moment, keep him young and near me.
But, I cannot.
So, I kept quiet and let him grip the handle at full throttle, knowing I had a couple more days to enjoy him like this. And by Friday , our ride around iconic Payne Lake was extra sweet. Not only did we have a good laugh when we ran out of gas, but the the wind no longer smelled of greasy hair because I had just made Chase wash up in the lake. He is growing up, but for now he might just need me in the passenger seat now and again.
I thank God for opening my eyes through our daily living!
Drew's magic fish un-hooking Glove! That thing changed his life!