This is my daughter Shae.
She is 4 going on 19! Don't believe me, you should meet her!
Brian and I use to have a running joke about our cat Leo. We would joke and tease that he was such an independent animal that at any given time we would not be surprised if he had left us a note on the counter saying that he got his own apartment and was living on his own. The cat did his own thing and occasionally we would get small tokens of love and appreciation. In general, going out of town was never a problem, he could take care of himself.
Now, we have my daughter.
She is 4 years old (soon to be 5) and she acts like she is an adult. Yesterday, she came home to me after a 9 day vacation down to Las Vegas. I can honestly say, I don't think she missed me or Brian at all. I would not be surprised to come home to find a note on the counter saying she got her own apartment and was living on her own.
It is a 2 edged sword this independency.
Still trying to figure this out.