You Don’t know!!


I’m surrounded by teenagers and young adults here on Orchard Road.  And this is the refrain I hear almost daily…”Mom, you don’t know”!  I can remember when I could not wait for my children to start talking.  Imagining many fun and enlightening conversations.  To be honest, there have been quite a few of those.  But lately, I hear “you don’t know” more often than not.   At first, I used to puff up inside and think..”.what the hell are you talking about?  I’ve lived many years longer than you and so of course I know”!

Ha.  I know what it feels like to have grown up as me, be a Sister, Mom, Wife, Daughter, Grandaughter, Pet Owner, Job Holder.    The key, though, is that I know what that was like for me.  I don’t and can’t know what it’s like for them.  Oh I think I know, don’t get me wrong.  And sometimes I can really see when they are headed down the wrong road.  But….BUT and that’s a big but.  I have to trust that they are doing exactly what they are supposed to be doing.  Learning what they came here to learn.  I also have to accept the fact that I don’t know.    Do me a favor and don’t tell them that…lol.  It’s bad enough that I know it.

When I hear them say that , now, it reminds me that I’m trespassing on their lesson and to back off and just listen.  That’s my lesson.

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