Thoughts Of a Mom Of a 13 Year Old

"I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become." - Oprah Winfrey

Oh Oprah.  You've done it again. 

I have been thinking so much about my 13 year old and her increasing want of freedom with her friends that I fret over every little action, every request of "Can we walk to the store?".  I imagine possible lead stories on the news of a missing child.  In my head I play out all of the (highly regrettable) Lifetime movies of mothers and daughters fighting and becoming distant which culminates in the daughter running away from home and becoming a hooker or a drug addict... or both.

(*random thought:  Why is it that nothing good happens from running away from home?  Why can't it be that the runner finds a lost wallet, let's say, and returns it to the owner.  The owner happens to be a millionaire and is so overjoyed to receive their lost wallet that they take in the runaway, pay for her private schooling and the child grows up to be a fantastic bonus to the World. Why can't that happen? )


Every day is a journey in faith and trust.  I can't focus on the negative or that is the path we'll follow.  I'm trying to be aware, but not hovering.  I'm doing my best to create conversations, but not talk so much that she drowns me out.

I need to "dwell" on the relationship I want.  

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