My middle stepdaughter is right at that age! 12 years old, dealing with mean girls at school, decidedly not a child. I'm very glad for her big sister, who turns 17 next week. She has emerged from 3 tough high school years and has embraced the chance to be an example for the younger two.
It's tough to say which girl is "the big thing" this summer. Is it the younger beauty, with the groaning & stretching that's starting to happen in her bones & soul? Or is it the older one, bounding toward college, ROTC and a more serious relationship? Big changes are in the air!