The word rings hollow in my ears - surely my daughter, my baby, does not have a boyfriend.
There is a part of my mind that detaches and spins off into the past, back to a time when Little Twinks
was still my baby... sweet, and innocent, and so far away from dating, first kisses, girly wiles, and boyfriends that both TW and I could sleep the sleep of the innocent, sure and certain that our little sweetheart would always be Mommy and Daddy's little girl
Oh, how I long for those days...
Tonight, Twinks had a date.
By the end of the evening, the young man, who was charmingly nervous, had decided that he wanted Twinks to be his girlfriend. He asked, she agreed.
My baby is growing up. She's 15 and a half - just six months from driving, and a mere two-and-a-half years from voting. She has a boyfriend.
When did this happen?
Who let this happen?
I would like to speak to someone in Customer Service, please. Thanks. I'll hold.
Hello? Customer Service? I would like to talk to someone about our daughter...
She's a 1994 model. Yes, I know there has been some trouble with that model year lately, but we have been pretty lucky with her. What? No - not calling about a return or a refund; it's just that well, she's growing up too fast. Yes, too fast.
I know, I know that she is progressing right on your schedule. It's my schedule that is the problem. She's our only kid. I wanted her to *be* a kid for just a while longer, you know? I miss my sweet little girl. No, she's not *missing*, I mean that I just wanted her to be... I know that the schedule is not negotiable, I was just wondering...
Oh. OK. Sure, I can hold.
Yes, I'm still here. Your'e a supervisor? Great! Maybe you can help me... I want my baby back. No, she's not missing - I just miss my little girl. No, no, she's right here... it's just that she's a teenager now. Yes, 1994. I know, I know that she's on schedule, but... I just... The "Grandma Bonus"? What? Oh, yes, I remember something about that... that sometimes you get to see your child again later in your grandchildren. But I don't want to wait that long... I just thought maybe I could have her back for one weekend, before school starts again. Before she becomes absorbed in her new boyfriend, and school, and friends, and a half-a-million things all vie for her attention.
:::sigh::: Ok, thanks for your time. No, no, I don't have any other questions.