Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Happy 18th Birthday to my daughter

My Baby girl turned 18 on September 17th. But even before that I, saw her off to college. It was bittersweet. I certainly looked forward to a time when I would only have myself to consider on a day to day basis; no dinner to purchase, or to cook for anyone but myself. House stays neat (theoretically) and no teenage attitudes.

Oh sure, people said I'd be lonely but that wasn't the problem. I don't miss her because of loneliness (which I have yet to encounter), but because she and I are so much alike that being around her is good company. I made this mini movie to share my feelings about it. The music is John Mayer's Stop This Train. 

Funny is that as my daughter's father and I took her to college, that song played on my headset and even though I promised myself that I would not get emotional I started crying. I knew this song had to be the backdrop to the movie. Then, just this weekend her grandpa drove her home to spend the weekend here for her birthday and that song began playing as she walked through the door! I am positive that the music is just right. :)

And yeah...I watched this and cried again.

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6 comments:

  1. You have a lovely family and I wish your daughter a rewarding time at university. Thank you for sharing. Bain

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    1. Thank you Bain. Gets me teary eyed each time I watch it

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  2. The only thing more beautiful than a strong, motivated young woman is the Mother that lovingly raised her to be that and so much more. Although my Mother is no longer with me, your post reminded me of her taking me to college freshman year. I cried my eyes out at the curb as I watched her pull away. I'm sure as she drove away she felt just like you - sad to leave her " baby" behind but incredibly proud as she started a new chapter in her life. I wish your daughter success as she carves out her niche in the world and pray that no matter how old she is or where her journey takes her that she realizes that she will always need her Mother. Blessings.......

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    1. Thank you Denise. I'm a firm believer that a child can't grow into adulthood unless you let them spread their wings. It's hard but I had to release her and let her take over control of her own life.

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  3. I am trying to compose myself...I want to say this is a long way off for me, but time moves so fast.I see in your video, love, respect,soul connected friendships and what every family needs fun,it's in your eyes, and spread all over your children's faces.I hope when I look back,my pictures reflect all of those.

    You did it! I'm sure your daughter will soar,the feathers for those wings have been strengthen from your wisdom,tolerance,patience,and love.

    -Van

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    1. Thanks Van. When I look at my daughter I already see so much growth. I don't say it lightly, I truly am proud of her

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