Yes, you know what comes next from the title of this post. It's ....the more they stay the same.
On the scary negative side of that proverb, there's also "Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it", but this is in no way a 'doomed' kind of post. I just wanted to revisit a post from two years ago:
This is from October, 2013. Two years ago. And right now the two of you are at the library on a Sunday morning and then going to get some lunch downtown afterward.
Life is moving too fast. You are only 11. You are wanting to play 'grown-up' in this first autumn as middle schooler. You love the freedom and autonomy that we have gifted to you. Right now it's just sweet. I really hope it stays that way.
I love you.
I love your confidence.
I love your spirit.
I love that you are uniquely you, no matter what others around you are doing.