The transition from child to young adult

By PEGGY SIMS,

All of my children have diverse interests, hobbies and especially personalities.

One is outgoing with strangers, one is voraciously talkative and one is more reserved. 

This is also true of their children, my grandchildren.

A couple of the boys are exceptional in sports while a few of the others prefer to "play" the sport on their x-boxes. Some are musically inclined while another may also be musical, but only by listening on his iPhone. We have some artists in the making and some who cannot draw a straight line.

They are all so different that we might think sometimes they were left with us by mistake. But they are all ours; I am absolutely certain of that.

Helping our children and grands to choose and maneuver in life is a daunting responsibility and we often second-guess ourselves as we encourage them to make their choices.

One of our grandsons ages out of his school this year and will be going into a completely new situation the next school year. He goes from a little boy into the task of becoming a teenager in junior high school. 

They all had to make this transition, but I think as I get older and they become fewer in number I seem to be more concerned as they go into this shift from being a child to becoming a young adult. 

I suppose I can somehow sense that they will all be adults in the  near future.

I can remember when I was their age and I went from first and second grades just across the street to the third, fourth and fifth-grade building.

I do not remember being very apprehensive, but I probably was. I can remember and still feel the many butterflies jumping in my tummy when I transferred to junior and high school. It was as if one day I was a little girl and the next day I was, or thought I was, all grown up. 

I am sure that his Pawpaw and I will "cuss" and discuss where we think this one should go to school next year many times over during the next few months and his parents will make the final decision. The mother of this little boy is the child of ours that never meets a stranger and I am sure Eli will make the changeover with no difficulty. I just wish I could be as confident as he is.

I am not a big fan of chicken and my husband is, so when I cook chicken, I try to "doctor" it up in as many ways as I can.  I am making this for supper tonight.

Chicken and Stuffing

Marinate two chicken breasts in Italian dressing for at least 2 hours. 

Pour off dressing and place the chicken breasts in the bottom of a casserole dish. 

Lay two pieces of Swiss cheese on top of each breast and pour a box of chicken stuffing on top. 

Mix one can of cream of chicken soup and 1/2 can of water and pour over all. 

Bake 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.

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