As I drove my children to school today, I couldn’t help but be reminded of my precious cargo. With the wet weather and usual idiots driving as if we are contenders for the Indy 500, I thought~ My life is in this car people!!!
I dropped H and J off at their school and with that, my step daughter jumped from the back to the front seat. I enjoy this time of day with her. This is our time. I let her control the radio station. She likes Coffee House on XM. The gentle acoustic music makes a nice background for our chats. Today, we talked high school, college and careers. C wants to attend Foothill(if they have a water polo team) then off to college in Hawaii. She wants to become a hairdresser or a police woman. I told her she could do both. She asked what I wanted to be when I was little. A quick smile appeared on my mouth(maybe a bit Chesire cat-like), as I thought back to the 11-year-old me~ a writer and ballerina, I answered. As we went on discussing jobs, C was surprised to learn, I was a fitness trainer for a few years. I heard excitement in her voice as she asked me questions about it. I think she was actually impressed – which again made me smile. I pulled up to school and as she and her little brother exited the shelter of my warm car and ran out into the wet world, I thought to myself how lucky I am to watch this inquisitive girl grow. She has an actual interest in me as a person. Something I think biological children may take for granted. I watched, as she grabbed Roman’s hand and they headed towards the adventures that await them. And then I smiled, one more time and thanked her silently for starting off an otherwise dreary morning with a few rays of her personal sunshine.