Growing Up Is Easy. Maturity’s the Hard Part.
“She’s so mature for her age.”
The older woman beamed at my mother as she said it. My cheek still bore the imprint of her kiss, and my face flushed with pride.
She wasn’t the first or (nearly the) last adult to say this about me as a kid. Being called responsible, mature, smart were the earliest (and only) compliments I got.