And…it’s official, our oldest kid turns 13 years old today.
We now have an official teenager in the house!
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It’s hard to not be emotional. Minhee and I have been crying a lot these recent days. Tears of gratitude certainly for the amazing young woman she is becoming but to be honest, a sense of loss. We’re having a hard time with the realization of how fast time times.
While she’ll always be our little “Juby” – we know that she’s not that little baby girl that stole our hearts when she was first born. It’s surreal to think that in 5 years – she’ll be “out of the home” as she departs for college. Wow.
I’d like to ask you for some advice.
Here are two genuine questions and I’d appreciate your advice on one or both of these:
- What advice would you get parents to a new teenager?
- What advice would you give to a 13-year-old – especially in today’s world?
Two years ago, she wrote this poem and I still read this regularly. It’s a beautiful reminder of who she is and where she comes from.
My prayer is that she would never forget.
I am From
I am from hot summers in Nebraska,
big mouth bass jumping,
the mellow sunset,
and the sight of deer leaping.
I can feel the slimy gills of a fish,
And the sand oozing through my toes.
The hot sun burning on my skin,
and the excitement when I feel a tug on my rod.
I am from Korean food,
always eating Kim-Chee,
sometimes roast beef,
and rice carefully wrapped by dry seaweed.
The stove burning,
And my stomach grumbling,
And the smell of cooking dumplings.
I am from a family of 5.
a dad who travels,
goes on facebook,
and says “You’ll always be my little baby.”
A mother who encourages and cares,
and sings me to sleep.
An annoying brother and sister,
but also precious siblings.
I am from a family full of
apologies after teasing,
love and generosity,
and also lots of loyalty.
I am from a family who celebrates New Years Eve,
and Lunar Year.
Wearing colorful Hanboks,
and getting special blessings.
Everyone eats rice cake soup,
and everyone laughing and giggling.
I am from friends saying bye-bye and leaving,
And sometimes betrayal.
Or my grandpa saying “Ohhh… this is no good.”
I am from a family who prays for each other,
and cares for one another.
I’m not from a violent family,
nor a mean family either.
A kind and the best family is where I’m from.
And I’m proud of it.