Yesterday my daughter turned 21. I can’t say that I greeted the news with joy since I do still wish she was at home with me instead of going to college, but since I whined a lot about my son turning 16 just a little over a month ago, I thought I’d take this chance to say all of the great things about being Courtney’s mom.
The first is that I insisted she call me every day when she first went to college. She complained and threatened but eventually (when I reminded her I pay her cell phone bill) gave in. At first our conversations were a little bit me trying to get every detail of her life and her being a bit bratty (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree) and giving me one word answers. But over time that ended and we have really great conversations now.
We talk about books and movies and current events. We share our opinions and outlooks on things and I love how well-thought out her opinions are. She doesn’t just follow my lead like she used to when she was home but has formed her own viewpoint and I find it is one I really respect.
We dish on Hollywood hotties and have agreed not to mention that some are too young for me and others are too old for her. I mean come, on, surely Robert Downey Jr. is firmly mine and I guess she can have…Chris Hemsworth…no, she can’t have him.
The best part of these daily conversations is that it clearly demonstrates to me that she has ‘turned out’ (always hated that phrase when I was growing up…I’m not a coat) okay. More than okay, she’s great. And as her mom I couldn’t ask for more.
Today I want to know about you and your relationships…have you had one change on you? I can remember when my mom and I became friends more than mother and daughter as I am now with my Courtney.
I’m giving away a digital copy of Sizzle my latest release from Harlequin Blaze to three random drawn blog participants.