[image: the beach]
Today the girls from Ricki’s school are going to the ocean. We are near the Mediterranean, and I, for one, am glad that she can go to the beach without me taking her. (I probably will take her myself a few times later in the summer.) Last night we carefully packed her bag, and this morning she got dressed with alacrity.
As she was leaving, I couldn’t squash that mother-hen instinct, and I told her “Ricki, be sure to listen to your teachers….”
Her reply was the same as any teenagers:
“Oh, really…” with a big sigh and a roll of her eyes.