Robert Ives is a young man struggling with very adult issues for the first time in his life. He is not going to college. Or getting married. Or starting a new job. Robert has decided to devote his life to God. He's terrified and confused, and, even though he craves his mother's attention, he can't bring himself to admit it. He's growing up.
My daughter is going on a class trip tomorrow morning. In sixth grade, it was a day trip to Mackinac Island. Seventh grade, a couple of days at a survival camp. This year, it's Great America. Tomorrow, I will drop her off at 4:45 a.m., and she will climb on a bus and head off to Chicago. Without me or my wife. Wearing a tee-shirt that says "Class of '19."
Yes, I know I'm being melodramatic. My daughter will be back in the bosom of her family around 3 a.m. on Saturday. She will be crabby and tired, and she won't want to tell me about what she did over the past 24 hours. She will get home, climb into bed, and proceed to sleep for the next 12 hours. Maybe she'll get up to go to the bathroom. I may slide a pizza under her bedroom door about noon.
My daughter is a good kid. She studies hard, gets straight A's, and reads all the time. On weekends, she goes to church on Saturday and Sunday (sometimes with a little grumbling, if not outright hostility). And she's going to be a high school freshman next fall. She's already talking about getting her driver's license.
Yes, I'm feeling a little nostalgic for the times my daughter would lean against my chest and let me be her daddy. These days, when I wake her up in the morning, I have to announce to my wife, "I have released the Kraken."
Saint Marty isn't ready for his little princess to turn into a prom queen.
|Not this kind of prom queen|