I found the perfect job for my 17-year-old son the other day. It’s at the Wild Birds Unlimited store. They need someone to unload the seed bags from the truck, move heavy boxes, and attend to the sales floor if needed.
Someone who likes nature.
Who likes birds.
Who likes people.
It’s perfect for him!
Which is why, when I suggested it, he immediately said, “No.”
“Sure, Mom. I can just hear me telling my friends, ‘I can’t hang out with you because I have to go to work at the Wild Birds store,'” he said, a slight smile curving his lips. Like, “Aww, Mom. Aren’t you cute!” and then, “Fuggetaboutit!”
Sigh. OK. That plan did not work out. Big surprise. However, I won’t lose hope. His dad has big plans to get him a job this summer, so I’ll wait to see how that works out.
In the meantime, my 19-year-old daughter is home from college, and, after a stimulating conversation last week about why I will not provide unlimited funds for new clothes, even if she goes to Forever 21, she called up a few restaurants to set up interviews. The next day, she got a job. Then she applied for an internship at the Women’s Center, and on Monday, she was working there.
So there you go. And I had absolutely nothing to do with it. Well, maybe a little to do with it. But, I’m thrilled. It seems that my children DO have their own ideas and opinions, so, I need to let them try them out.
This morning, I’m sitting here in my garden, watching the juvenile bluebirds hanging around the mealworm dish. They open their mouths, hoping the parents will feed them. But it seems that won’t work anymore. The parents ignore them and then fly off back to the nest box to feed the newest clutch. It’s time for these fledglings to fend for themselves.
So, here we are, sharing that experience, me and the bluebirds, as we watch out children grow. We are doing what we have to do, even if it hurts a little to let them go.
In the garden.