[This is a second guest post from a shy colleague who prefers to remain anonymous]
Just as Moses left his people, climbed Mount Sinai, received the Ten Commandments, and returned to his people; my child will leave home and community, seek danger and adventure, and return as an adult. It is his initiation into adulthood and I will encourage him on that adventure. But it takes self-discipline to give him that support yet not hold his hand too tightly.
It’s a happy relief to still have my daughter at home for another couple of years because my son is transitioning. We all are. My husband and I will be parents for our whole lives but our roles will change.
We will go from being his pit crew of loving enforcers and cheering encouragers to being friends. Letting go is the most benevolent thing we can do. My son jokes that the house will be fuller, not emptier, without him because my husband and I will fill it with imaginary friends and pets.
I hope he’s kidding because that sounds a little crazy… Still, I’m giving it serious consideration because I will miss him so very much.