Sunday, February 27, 2011
Turning The Tables
We reminded our kids this morning that they should learn from our mistake here and make certain not to repeat it; that "well, you did it too" would not protect them in any way if they should ever fail to stay in touch. We all worry for our kids' safety all the time. It must be absolutely terrifying when you don't know where your child is. I'm glad that our kids are so clear about the rules for staying in touch that they were able to turn the tables on us. Of course, part of growing up and gaining independence is striking out on your own and moving away from the watchful eye of vigilant parents and, I suppose, vigilant children. It's not easy for anyone but necessary for all.
I asked our very grown-up nearly 15 year old to come up with today's book recommendations. I asked her to think of two books where the child or children cared for the parents and took on an adult role. We agreed that there are many but the two that came to mind for her immediately were Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games and Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper. These are two very different stories but apposite selections both. Well done!