Now that the Spring weather is here, my daughter wants to ride her bike all over the city. How can I send my child to Italy and South Africa for weeks at a time, and not allow her to ride her bike in the city? But it makes me insane with worry. If she rides on the street, there are all the cars. If she rides in the park, well, who knows? I can't manage to quiet my brain. Never mind that she is one year away from being completely on her own in college, when she won't have to call me at work to ask me for the combination for the bike room lock. And what's this? Just asking for access to the bike room, but not for permission to ride all by her lonesome? Did we miss a step here?
Years ago, a horoscope I read said that Taurus mothers are great when their children are young and cleave to them, but they cope less well when the youngsters become adolescents and insist on independence. As a Taurus mom, I'd say they got it just right. I do understand that she wants to be out in the middle of awakening nature, that biking is awesome exercise, that she feels completely able to navigate her world. She promised to be home before sundown. So I'm doing my level best to occupy my noisy brain with the pile of page proofs on my desk until I see the light starting to fade in the sky. That's when I can call and make sure my girl is home safe and sound, or on her way. This is hard. They don't even know.
Of course she returned home in good time, flushed and happy from her ride along the river in the afternoon sun. It's 9 p.m. now, and she is fast asleep on one of the couches. Fresh air and wholesome exertion will do that.