- OMG, she is eleven!!
- Did I teach her enough those 1st eleven years?
- What if I missed something?
- Can I have a do over? Lord knows I could use a few. No? SHIT!!! I hope I have it sort of right so far.
- At least she knows all her body parts and can count to 100 right????
I do, however, have great back up with my Mom in my corner because she has had an eleven year old girl twice AND SURVIVED!!!
So, Claire and her whole family are moving on to the age of 12, whether we are all ready or not. We have puberty to get through with it's mood swings and tampons. We have boys ahead of us that are currently of little interest, but I know are just lurking around the corner. Fights over the TV and whether or not she has done her chores will turn into arguments over curfews and how long she has been on the phone. There will be tears, tantrums and slamming doors. I hope that there will also be long talks, laughs and more incredible amazement. I think we are ready so, we will all move forward with strong conviction, back up and a box of Kleenex. Well, maybe a more than one box.