We’ve already seen how the hurts and hardships of adolescence shaped and made him stronger, so I know I shouldn’t shield him. But boy, do I wish I could. I want to fold him into my arms and protect him from his own mistakes and others’ opinions and the heartbreak of living in the world. But I can’t, and I won’t.
So we’ll release him out into the world, taking the next big step in the journey of trust that is parenthood.