For the third time this week my 15-year-old will not be home for supper. Seems he had the nerve to go out and get himself a summer JOB! (Really cool one, too--he's the gopher/building monitor for several college courses that are being taught on our church & school campus, so he gets paid to open and close a few classrooms and then sit and study and even enjoy computer access while being on call in air-conditioned comfort!)
I'm proud of him and know he will do a great job. But a little voice inside of me keeps whispering that this is only the beginning of a trend which is destined to increase in coming years . . . one in which my suppertime head count keeps coming up short.