She came home from a pass with her mentor having bought a vivid coral prom dress she had told me she wanted. She spent $50 on some adorable nude Guess heels that "will kill her feet but were such a good investment," I told her while smiling. It made me feel happy she was going to experience a sense of normalcy getting to go to prom. She worked for that dress and those heels, and I saw a little bit of my teenage self in her. The drive, ambition, desire to be self-sufficient. I'm so very proud of where she is in her life and who she has become.
And then I compared my age to hers. 11 years her senior. Heck, I could be a cool older sister right? I practically already have mentored this kid for the past two years. What if I decided to foster a teenager? How bad could it be? They can practically take care of themselves, right? Oh, but the responsibility of following up on another human being... no more "happy hours" or partners over whenever one feels like it. No more random vacations... or accessible alcohol. Responsiblity over another human being's life is such a hard decision to make.
While I would love to give this teen a stable home life where she could just "be normal," I know that I am not ready to foster a kid. However, I seriously think that it would be an option later in life.