Gabe turned 15 last month.  He’s somehow become significantly taller than the rest of us at 5’10” – a full two inches taller than the next tallest person.  As of last week he wears a size 12 shoe, and his pants are now a 34″ inseam and I’m right to think this is completely ridiculous, aren’t I?  Also, he is now old enough to learn to drive. He completed all his little quizzes and classes and then passed his permit test with a perfect score yesterday. Now he is off with Rabbit driving for the first time.

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He is learning on Rabbit’s Mini Cooper, as my Mini, Watson, is off limits for this sort of thing. My poor car has been crunched twice since Rabbit bought it for me 3 years ago; once by a guy whose breaks went out, and once by a guy who backed into it, gave Rabbit bad insurance information, and was never heard from again. Mini parts aren’t super easy to come by according to our body shop here and it took more than a month to repair the front end last time. I’m not super excited about having to go through that mess again so for now only experienced drivers are permitted to drive my car.

Even though I’ve been here already twice, with Kait and with Joe, it still took me by surprise that I have a new driver and seeing him in the driver seat yanked me back to last week when he was just a little blond-headed toddler who couldn’t sit still and bit my knees out of sheer excitement.  I just don’t understand when all this change and growth is happening.  I am, however, pretty happy that he no longer runs up and bites me on the knee.

I wish it didn’t take so long to realize how short life is and how quickly it all passes by.  I wish I could somehow give my older children perspective on that – to help them understand the importance of enjoying where they are in life and appreciating the moments that they’re in. To be truly content in the here and now.

It really is a never ending lesson.

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