as close as your phone

Last night I get a text from Bottled Lightning:

mom i have the sleepieeeeez but im in class 😦

She’s 21, in college about a thousand miles from here. But if she’s bored, she can get in touch with her mommy anytime, anywhere.

I THINK THIS IS WEIRD.

When I went to college, all of 90 miles away, I did not communicate with my parents until Christmas. My mother even sent me a letter once with a pre-stamped postcard that asked me to “check here if you’re alive”.

Okay, maybe I carried it a little too far.

However, if I got in a scrape, I had to figure my way out of it. Now our kids can call their parents to tell them what to do. Unfortunately for my Unholy Trio, I often won’t.

One of my proudest moments as a mother was when Freckles McYoungest had some sort of conundrum, (I don’t even remember what it was), and I told her I wasn’t going to figure things out for her. She sighed and said, “I know. You’re going to talk me through it so I do it myself.”

I did text Bottled Lightning back:

pay attention

And turned my cell phone off.

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About Lisha Cauthen

Lisha Cauthen writes YA novels for guys that girls like to read too.

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