Anyway, when her children would leave for college she had a classic speech wherein she’d give all those reminders she’d been rattling off for years: respect authority, treat others with kindness, use your manners, stay with a buddy, etc. etc. Her speech covered all the nitty gritty details.
When her youngest son went off to college she was busy giving him the usual lecture, reminding him of all the responsibilities he’d have and the need to prioritize his schedule and so on.
As she blathered on, her son stopped her. “Mom,” he told her. “You don’t have to worry about this. You may not know it, but you live in my head!”
I think that just might be every mother’s greatest desire! That we live in the heads of our kids; saying, “no, don’t do that” in the face of danger or “give it a try” in times they need to be encouraged, etc.
It might be the last thing that children want but I’m hoping that mine will all have moments of clarity when the inside of their head can just imagine I’m saying something like “don’t even think about it!”
Yes, that would pretty much be a dream come true! As long as they listen to the voice, that is!