Sunday, August 30, 2009

There are two things...

Tomorrow my baby girl is starting college. It's an exciting time for me to watch her head into her adulthood - she's beautiful, smart, has a great head on her shoulders (something her mom was lacking at that point in her life.), and is capable of doing anything she wants. The hard part sometimes is just figuring it out. It took me many many years to figure out what I wanted to do professionally, as the only thing I really ever wanted to do was to be a mom. I never really had a career, I had jobs. I would tell my employers that my kids were my career and I worked around their schedule which I am so happy that I was able to do. But as I think of her starting this new chapter in her life, it's very bittersweet for me and I ask myself - where did the time go? It seems like just yesterday when I first held her in my arms at the hospital and introduced her to her big brother. Wow, amazing!
When my sister had her first child, I embroidered this little saying for her, and whenever she would get really emotional over the changes in her children's lives, I would make her recite that poem that I had embroidered for her all those years ago. Today, it's one that I am reciting to myself and this is how it goes: " There are two things that we give our children, one is roots and the other is wings" It has been such a joyful pleasure watching both of my kids grow up into awesome loving human beings and I wish a lifetime of amazing adventures for them! Enjoy every one of life's moments - the good, bad and in between - as it slips by faster than we can ever imagine!


Red Boots said...

You sound like a wonderful mother. Nuturing and strong enough to know when to let your daughter step out into the world and make it her own. Your daughter is very lucky to have you. I'm sure she'll do fantastic in college, especially with your support behind her! x

Gigi said...

What a lovely post & what a great mother you must be! Thanks for stopping by my blog and living such a great comment! xo Gigi

michelle @ Remy and Me. said...

Wow, what a great post. Thanks for reminding me of this wonderful quote. I am already thinking time is passing so quickly with my eldest being almost 6.5yo! Sometimes I think, she's 1/3 way to being an official adult and it frightens me so much (that it's going so fast!)

Congrats on your daughter starting college! What an exciting new chapter for both of you ... xo

cathi said...

Michelle - Don't be frightened, enjoy the ride! It is an exciting time at all stages of our kids lives!

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