By Dan Bodine
There are demarcation rituals in Life one customarily passes through that signify a young person has thrown off its old skin and replaced it with a newer, more mature layer. Quinceañeras and high school graduations come to mind! Getting behind the steering wheel of that first car is another.
Today our daughter Maiya Kareli Bodine drove away in a shiny, blue colored 2019 Nissan Sentra her mother and I will help her pay for. But only partially.
The lion’s share of the burden will be on our new adult daughter. Working in only one job in a prominent coffee house in El Paso while in a temporary hiatus, too, from degree studies at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Later, of course, her ol’ papa had to sneak away to a corner of her now vacant bedroom and cry some — yes, turning loose of your only child is a tearjerker! So many memories back through the years come flooding in on ‘ya.
But this is a moment all parents must go thru, of course. Rituals of parenthood aren’t for sissies! For as the old adage goes, only by turning them loose are they ever free to come back. And back and back and back…
Wow! Pandemic, Trump and all, Life is going on and on. Still! Gracias a Dios!
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