when are you supposed to let go?
Last week I received an unexpected email.
It was composed by Friend2Amara's mom.
The note was long and involved.
Its message was simply put.
Yet it pierced through my mommy heart.
Friend2Amara would like to bring Amara to the amusement park next Friday. We will leave in the morning and return home at 11 p.m.What?!?!
Amara's only six!
And they want to take her to an amusement park 45 minutes away? All day?
Is this normal? Do kids go away on little road trips with their friends' families at this young of an age?
What's next? Sleepovers?
We know this family. Parents are responsible. Amara's independent.
But I still wanted to say "no!"
Amara's my baby!
I can't let her go!
She's always supposed to be with me, right?
What if she gets anxious not being around Dad2Amara and me? [considering she kicked me out of the classroom the first day of preschool, it's highly doubtful]
What if Amara gets lost? [not likely since she has a built in GPS]
What if she gets mean and bitchy by the end of the very long day? [yea, I haven't come up with a reasonable answer for this one yet]
No matter how hard I tried, I could not validate my fears.
And Amara is now excitedly getting ready for her big day at the amusement park this week.
I still question her heading for roller coasters and log rides without her parents.
But is there really a set age when to let go?
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