[Image credit: Simon Howden]

Until recently, my adult daughter and I shared a car since she earned her driver’s permit four and a half years ago.  I can’t count the number of times I lamented over the trash she left in the center console or her work schedule putting a crimp in my plans.  Not to mention worrying when she was out until all hours of the night.  When I returned from my trip this past weekend, she surprised me by showing up at the airport in her “new” car.  I’m genuinely thrilled about her purchase, but now the only trash in my front seat is my own, and I have no excuse for running late or missing plans.  I no longer need to take my lunch at 9:30 A.M. to drive her to work, and when I come home at the end of the day she’s not waiting to use my car.  As a matter of fact, I’ve hardly seen her all week.  Although I still worry a bit, I do understand this is the natural progression of things.  I just wish I had been content in that season before she didn’t need me quite as much.  Then again, now that I’m the one making plans to spend time with her, I wonder whose car we’ll take.

Are you content residing in today’s season, or are you crossing off the days until something changes?