Christy sat for a moment on the edge of Stephanie's bed after she hung up. She couldn't help feeling like a baby in this group where all of them were living on their own except Katie and her. Katie's parents not only let her go on this trip, but they also gave her a car with a full tank of gas and told her to have fun. Katie didn't have to check in eith them.
Christy felt fully aware of that ever-present invisible rope that connected her to her parents. The older she became, the more rope they let out and the more they encouraged her to go exploring on independent experiences, like this overnight trip to San Diego. Still, that invisible rope kept her anchored to them. In situations like this, when she had to check in with them, the rope seemed to pull awfully tight, right around her stomach.
Then she had a thought that was even more sobering. Really soon I'm going to be eighteen. I'll be in college, and living on my own like Stephanie. What will it feel like for that rope to be cut?
Christy decided to be grateful for the linkage while she had it. She felt secure, knowing that the invisible rope with her parents was intact and taut. It would be gone soon enough.
Katie doesn't seem to have any ropes attached to her, Christy thought. That must feel scary. Like you wouldn't know for sure if someone is going to be there to pull you in if you go to far.Wow. Christy is so right -- it MUST be scary to be in Katie's postition. I mean, really -- just as Christy was thinking -- Like you wouldn't know for sure if someone is going to be there to pull you in if you go to far. That just really stuck out to me. But even if your parents are like Katie's -- there is still one person you can go to for help. And that is -- you guessed it -- God. But there was a reason God gave us parents -- to do exactly what Christy said. And more. They're here to love us, to teach us, and to be there to pull us in if we go to far. They're here because God chose Them to teach us about Him. Just, please, remember -- don't take your parents for granted. Because, seriously -- parents can be pretty awesome -- well, most of the time :P :)