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Showing posts from June, 2012

The Little Soldier Girl

I really appreciate frequent flier perks, especially when I get a First Class upgrade.  I was in seat 2A, and the flight attendant had already asked me if I needed anything before takeoff. "I'm fine with water," I told her and settled into my comfy position for a combination of tarmac-watching and people-watching. Little did I know that I was about to be given an important yet simple assignment on this trip. "Man's goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?" (Prov. 20:24) It pays to stay alert, especially in public. God may have something for us to do. It wasn't long before I realized that our flight was transporting a group of soldiers. There were men and women in this group, with an age-range that I would guess to be from the 20's to the 40's. The line leading into the coach cabin came to a halt (as usual, because someone is always trying to wrestle a Moby-Dick-sized bag into the tiny overhead bins), so I start

Parenting Adult Children

Someone responded to a comment I had made on Facebook regarding the "science" of parenting adult children. "Please write a book about adult parenting," she urged. Well, since our young adults are basically in "phase one" (college-to-post-college; unmarried) how about an article for now? By the way, for those of you in "phase two" (married adult children) or "phase three" (your children have made you a grandparent); you're the ones who need to write the books! Parenting adult children without "cutting the apron strings" is like training drivers and never letting them drive alone. Even though they've learned all the needed skills and passed the required exams long ago, we keep riding along in their car for years, stomping the invisible brake on the passenger side! Norman and I have three young adults all "driving" at the same time, so we're learning as we go, trying  not to get tossed from the