Almost Adult

Oh my goodness. My daughter is turning 17 this week! When did this happen? When did I become the mother of an “Almost Adult?” Holy crap. (excuse the expression…I know it’s not a very nice thing to say but it’s truly what keeps coming to mind!) Wow. Time really does fly. Especially when you’re not looking.

I’m convinced that the older we get the faster time goes. It’s some kind of weird ratio thing. Like when you’re two, a year is half of your life. So it takes a long time to happen. But when you’re thirty, it’s one thirtieth of your life and that’s a smaller fraction so it goes by much quicker! See…it’s really scientific and all…cuz that’s how I roll.

Anyway, I had the neatest experience tonight. One of my favorite things ever is to sing with my sisters or my parents (or both).There’s just something about “blood harmony” that makes me really happy. Like “jump up and down” happy. Like when I smell lilacs or eat a Symphony bar (the one with the almonds and toffee pieces) or when my boys do something really nice for each other (if you’ve been keeping up with my blog you know that borders on miraculous).

So, tonight I was sitting on my patio practicing my guitar (when they say practice makes perfect “they” are totally lying. It makes better…but perfect? Pshaw). Sorry…I’m thinking I’ll be digressing a lot tonight so you’re just gonna have to bear with me. I had some of the aforementioned chocolate and it’s making me punchy. Anyway…back to my point. My daughter “Sixteen” came out onto the patio and said, “Hey, wanna jam?”

Of course I did. So we started playing and singing. I wrote my first song ever last weekend and she listened to it and starting singing the exact harmony I’d heard in my head (how cool is that?). Then she said that she had been meaning to put up a song on her YouTube channel but hadn’t gotten to it and would I do one with her. We picked a song, sang thru it a couple of times and recorded it. And as I sat there listening to her play it back I realized my baby girl is almost grown up! I haven’t been able to sing with my sisters in years because we all live in different states. I miss that so much. And now here, right under my roof, my little girl has grown up and we can sing real duets together.

I can’t tell you how blessed I feel tonight. It’s not like we’ve never sung anything together before now but it’s different. She’s just so “almost grown” that it’s freaking me out. But in a good way. Except the part that means I’m old enough to have a seventeen year old daughter. That’s not a good thing. But I’m ignoring that part right now (fingers in ears…”La la la la, I can’t hear you”) and just enjoying the duets part.

(Thanks God, for the good stuff. You rock :))

If you want to hear our song (and her other songs) click on her YouTube channel here. (She has asked you to “like” and subscribe to her channel if you likey ;))

Thanks for reading (and listening :))




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  1. Oh my word… this got me all choked up…thinking about how fast they go from 5 (mine) to 17 (yours)! Yikes!!! I totally agree with that math/ratio/age thing you came up with…I’ve been trying to figure out why life seems to be going faster and faster…I think you hit the nail on the head!

    And the video…that made my night. You two sounded GREAT together! LOVED seeing you sing and play guitar together…You’re a great momma!

    • Thanks Lisa. Yes, it never felt like it was going fast until now. It’s like it’s speeding up every day now. Glad you liked my scientific reasoning πŸ™‚ And thanks for the kind words about our duet. πŸ˜‰

  2. I can’t tell you how happy this video makes me….knowing the start and the following years with precious β€œAlmost17”…I just know the coming years will be SO SWEET for you both! My heart feels like it will BURST…please hug and kiss her for me…my first baby! Love you both dearly! ~K.

    • Thanks friend. You truly understand how sweet this place is that we have gotten to. Love u and I will pass on your hug and kiss. She loves you too πŸ™‚

  3. Sadly “holy crap” is one of my “favorite” (?) expressions (not really, but I tend to overuse it) so I get that. And nice scientific stuff on the getting older thing! I’ve always said “the older you get the faster it goes” too, but I’ve never understood the “how”. So thanks for that enlightenment!
    I think it’s so cool how God gives us little tiny blessing that He knows we’ll love, because that’s how He wired us…so cool that you 2 can sing together! I’m a wee bit jealous; I really can’t sing, but I love to, and wish I could. I can’t wait to get to heaven, because I’m hoping that I’ll sound really awesome there. πŸ˜‰ By the way, you sounded great Sunday!
    Coffee??? My preschool graduation is tonight, so my weekdays will be mostly wide-open (who’s kidding who, not really; just “work-free”) until school ends for the kids…let’s plan it for soon, “twin”!
    Ok, going to watch the YouTube video now…

    • Thanks Kim! Glad I could enlighten you with my great scientific mind πŸ™‚ Yes, yes. Coffee. before June ends!

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