A Change is Coming

4 Nov

Ranger’s water dish was frozen over this morning — a sure sign that winter is on its way. Up till now, we have enjoyed a spectacular fall here in Idaho, pleasant and beautiful. I hope it doesn’t give in too quickly to winter.

The weather isn’t the only thing changing around here. Yesterday I took my first-born son to our pediatrician’s office for his very last childhood immunization. I know. He’s 17. But somewhere along the way we must have missed a booster shot, and the pediatric center just didn’t feel right about letting him grow-up without it.

We sat in the waiting room, along with a bunch of squirming two and three-year olds, and reminisced about all the times we had sat there together over the years. Soon a nurse called my son’s name. Broad-shouldered and much taller than me, he led the way to the examining room. The nurse pointed to a chair. “Go ahead and sit down,” she instructed him. “There’s plenty of room for your girlfriend too.”

“WHAT?!” he yelped.

The nurse winked at me. “Well, she’s too young to be your mother.”

I love that nurse.

One booster shot later, the nurse signed and dated the only remaining blank space on my son’s dog-eared immunization card and handed it back to me for the very last time. In my mind, I can still so clearly remember the day that card was first handed to me. It was bright yellow and blank — and I had a newborn son in my arms.

Just like Ranger’s frozen water dish, I feel a change coming.

We said good-bye to the nurse and she wished us well. As we walked out the door, my son turned back. “Just one more thing before I go,” he said, smiling at the nurse. “Do you think I could please have a sucker?”

I guess there are some things that will never change.

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4 Responses to “A Change is Coming”

  1. Sharon November 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    Love that young “man”. (c:)

  2. Kamela November 4, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    Awww, you brought tears to my eyes. They grow up so fast. This took me back to when I received my new immunization record for each of my girls.

  3. Amy Nichols November 4, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

    Thanks for the post, Jill. I feel the change comin’ too! It is bittersweet…

  4. Edythe Stahnke November 5, 2011 at 12:36 am #

    Oh, what a great story, Jill – and you tell them so well! Asking for a sucker was special, bet it made the nurse’s day, too.

    Wonder how Ranger handles frozen water! brrr been lots cooler here too the last couple of days and had some rain today.

    My best to you, your Mom, and your wonderful family –
    Edee

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