Last week our 16 year old daughter was in no mood to be trifled with. All the signs were there… gray clouds, petulant looks, low monosyllable answers…. (Those who have teenagers know the signs.) This time even her brothers had the good sense to stay away. Somehow though Dad missed the signs (either that or he is incredible brave).
Dad actually approached his daughter and had the chutzpah to talk to her (while the rest of us cowards stayed away). I can’t tell you what the conversation topic was during the brief interaction. I can tell you however that it left an effect on Dad. Upon completion of the father daughter exchange Dad was overheard muttering “unconditional love will only get you so far”.
Wow…. I wonder if our daughter realized what a close call she had?
After all… unconditional love can only get you so far.