Min dropped our recently-turned-12 daughter at the gates of the PNE on Friday and drove away. That seems crazy to me. How is she old enough to go on a roller coaster by herself? It was a youth group event, from 7 until midnight, but we picked her up at 9:30. She was so thrilled we’d let her go, she didn’t complain about the early pick-up.
Though we did have this conversation:
Me: What time are your friends staying ’til?
Her: Their mom’s at a play until 10:30, so she couldn’t pick them up until 11 anyway.
Me: Next year you can stay until 9:35.
All this independence is a scary thing (for me), but I love this age. The kids are exploring so much on their own, Min and I have shifted away from being activity supervisors and towards something more like emergency crash-pad operators, or safe-house supervisors.
And so far, they still seem to like us. So far…