Darling Daughter is an only child. She's 13, and we are in the midst of that great experiment of allowing more independence. She's straining at the bit to do things on her own, while my mind replays news footage of teenage girls being abducted.
I was a Girl Scout leader for three years, and we constantly emphasized the buddy system. I'm still a firm believer in it. The truth is, I will allow her and her BFF more freedom than I allow Darling Daughter on her own.
We encourage her to invite friends along when we have vacations or excursions; unfortunately this week her BFF was unable to come along. This has meant more than a few mild arguments over what I will allow her to do on her own.
One day while The Hubs was off sailing, Darling Daughter and I went on a drive down Cape. Darling Daughter didn't want to go anywhere, so that was my first challenge. My destination was Cape Cod National Seashore. It was beautiful. Darling Daughter was bored.
In reviewing our pictures of the day, it occurred to me that one photo really summed up what it's like to be a parent, and of course I decided I had to blog it! (Photo will enlarge if you click on it)