So anyway, a few days ago I "refriended" an old friend on Facebook, a guy that I used to be very close friends with, but we've drifted apart in recent years.
Anyhoo, last night I finally got around to browsing his timeline, to see what he's been up to lately... and lo and behold, I come to find out that my 38 year old friend is now a GRANDFATHER.
When I met this guy, we were working together at a convenience store; he had just graduated nursing school; I was just contemplating nursing school. That was 14 years ago. This little girl, the little girl who has just had a baby... she was TWO then. I have watched this girl grow up. I can't believe this little girl is now MARRIED at sixteen, and has a baby. There are some teenagers out there that, I guess you could call "old souls"... but this girl... she's no where NEAR ready to be a wife and a momma.
Wow... it makes me think of my own daughter, and how fast she is growing up. I want SO much more for her than to be marriend and a mother at such a young age and I pray that the examples that we set for her, the things that we teach her... I pray that she will grow older and make the right decisions. That she will aim high and reach her goals. Finish high school and go on to pursue her goals, whatever they may be. Live life. Experience things. Learn many things.
I worry about my daughter... she's only about to turn 10, but I can tell certain things about her. She's a pleaser. She's a smart girl, but values hanging with her friends and being social above most anything else. She's a follower. She's a wonderful girl and I love her dearly; she's highly creative and would make a wonderful artist, filmmaker (she LOVES to make videos!), sculptor... she'd be an awesome art teacher. I want SO badly to raise a daughter who will achieve things; who will reach her full potential.
I certainly realize that it's possible for a young mother to end up achieving any goal that she sets for herself, as WELL as a young girl who is not a mother. I have a friend who is a fantastic, wonderful nurse, wife, mother... named "Nurse Of The Year" at a top notch local hospital a couple of years ago... who became a mother at, I believe, 16?
I guess you can call this a "blog" post... though I don't have a blog. =) At least not one that anyone's going to read. =) I guess I needed to get these thoughts out.