The lessons are in the struggle! I struggle with this all the time, constantly having to remind myself that they need to learn how to make difficult choices and that they can be strong in difficult times. For the difficult times and difficult choices will always come.
This is my Michelle. She's far away geographically, but so close in my heart and soul. Some friends are just that way. They know every ray of light and shadow in your being and love it all freely. My best friend makes me a better person.