Yesterday my daughter Kaitlyn, aka Z Outdoor Sidekick, turned 15 years old…. ‘Scuse me while I choke and sputter a bit over that number. I figure I’m approaching the cut off zone. Not the one that gets me out of the legal noose of parental responsibility (18), but the one that decides whether the kid will need a shrink or not to get over her childhood.
I’m hoping, via parental optimisim, that all the time she’s spent in the outdoors exploring the world with me will balance out all my other shortcomings as a parent. Sort of like, “Mama gets a pardon for not baking cupcakes for the school bingo night because the next day she took me fly fishing on the South Fork” kind of deal. A parent can hope, right?!
Happy Birthday Kaitlyn!