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Last week my daughter turned sixteen and on the day all I could think was I was just so so happy for her. I remember how sixteen was a major life shift for me. I couldn’t wait to experience the freedom of driving myself wherever I needed to go.

My daughter’s perspective is different. She was in no hurry to get her license on the day she turned 16. I think it’s because we live in a smaller town where everything is within biking or walking distance: her high school, her friends, and the places they like to hang out.

But maybe it’s because she feels no rush. She’s moving at her own pace. She has her permit and the training behind the wheel has begun, but she doesn’t share the urgency I had to be free as soon as possible. She’s on her own path, happy to drive the old family Honda the half mile it takes to get to school, when she’s ready.

Life has its stages and it’s delightful to be a witness to her transitioning, to her blooming and growing. It gives me great joy to see her moving slowly out into the world, in small steps, excited to experience all the good it has to offer.

Favorite links from the week:

So lovely. This lake home designed for relaxed and casual living.

99 ideas for updating your bedroom.

Do you have frequent guests? Accommodate and save space with this DIY murphy bed.

He is a favorite so I was happy to read Stanley will have a culinary show!

 Pole dancing could become an Olympic sport.

Opinion piece: why the American life is killing you.

Let go of the old to make way for the new.

OMG not me! But this photographer has no fear of swimming with great white sharks.

Ha ha, this wine glass made me laugh. 🙂


p.s. We lost Kirk Douglas this week. He holds a special place in my heart because my son used to clap and sing along to this song just about every day when he was three. Every human leaves an imprint, that was his on me.

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