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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Adolescence/Teen Years (07/16/09)

TITLE: The Impossible Years
By Leslie Schonfeld
07/21/09


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A lump rises in my throat as I watch him drive away. When did this happen? When did my baby boy become old enough to drive? This tightness in my chest increases with every step of his independence. Why is it so hard?

Fear has become familiar emotion during his teenage years. Donít get me wrong, heís a great kid. But the world can be an evil place. I canít protect him like I did in the past. I canít kiss away his pain. As his independence increases so does my anxiety. With each risk I hold my breath. Nothing has prepared me for this.

Turning away from the window, I remind myself to breathe. I whisper the prayer, Iíve repeated many times before. ďLord, Here I am again, putting my Isaac on Your altar. Thank You, Lord, that you remind me that he is a gift given to me for a limited time. In gratitude, I recognize he is yours forever. Thank you that you promise never to leave him nor forsake him. I donít trust this world, Lord, but I trust You. In Jesus Name, Amen.Ē

Peace penetrates the air around me. Breathing in a long slow breathe, I feel my body relax. Fear has subsided and an inkling of confidence returns to my spirit. I can let him go and let him grow. Worry will not become my friend. The teenage years are difficult. Parenting them seems impossible. Thankfully all things are possible with God.


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BeckyJoie Oakes07/23/09
Wow! This is so relatable! I love it!
Seema Bagai 07/23/09
Concise and to the point. Good work.
Allen Stark07/27/09
Yes, all things are possible with God, especially when it comes to helping parents get through the teen years.