The world as I know it has changed…forever. I knew this was coming, but I really didn’t think the transformation would be quite so dramatic. After all the exams and essays and applications, my baby girl has officially graduated from high school. My shock, however, comes from the 180 degree shift in her attitude.
Lately my daughter has been nice to me… and nice even to the rest of the family.
The Demon Child seems to have taken flight and moved on. So I’ve seen the shadow of the Demon Child on a couple of occasions when my daughter has been exhausted after a late night out with friends, but for the most part she’s been pretty easy-going and even happy. For example, during the past 2 weeks:
- she hasn’t yelled at me (much)
- she hasn’t called me horrible names (not at all)
- she’s listened to me and kicked her friends out at midnight when I asked her to
- she’s accepted the loss of her allowance after getting that tattoo (okay the allowance has since been restored)
- she let her tongue piercing grow in, as she claimed she missed chewing gum – whatever her reason, I’m ecstatic!
- she’s gone on a couple of hikes with Franklinstein and me and enjoyed them
- and the piece de resistance – she went from blocking me on Facebook to friending me!!!
So whether it’s a sign of maturity, a consequence of school ending or the aftermath of dumping her boyfriend, I couldn’t be more thrilled. Hey, my daughter will never be the perfect Barbie doll that so many girls in Vancouver aspire to these days – you know the ones with the perfect pouts, the perfect designer wardrobes, and the perfect long blond hair.
She will never be like everybody else and that’s okay. Heck, that’s more than okay, that’s amazing! After all, this is the girl who:
- still has a soft spot for Sponge Bob Square Pants and Pikachu
- has watched every single episode of Arrested Development and the very, very weird Aussie comedy Summer Heights High over and over and over again
- counts The Lion King, The Breakfast Club and Across the Universe as her top three favourite movies of all time, and watched them on a regular basis
- writes and performs Slam Poetry with an incredible ease
- would survive on nothing but Nutella if her friends and family let her
But she is hoping to take much of the summer off before she ventures forth to university in the Fall, so she wants to learn how to drive – finally – and do lots and lots of hiking. In fact, yesterday she climbed The Chief with a friend,and wants to do it again...with me!
After the drama of the past several months, I must admit that I am currently exhausted, but nevertheless I am loving this new phase. I’m also realistic enough to know that the Demon Child may rear her terrible head once again from time to time, but we’ll deal with that when and if the time comes.
In the meantime, I am officially looking forward to summer, if it ever arrives to stay on the wet West coast.