Saturday, March 15, 2008

She's Taken A Shine

When my daughter left for New York, I told her the one thing I wanted her to bring back was a wonderful picture of her and the city. I knew she would love it there, and at one time I had hoped to accompany her. Though I've always longed to visit New York City, the draw for me this time was to see her experience it with all the thrill and exuberance of an 18-year-old's artistic heart. Since that wasn't possible, I would let her show me through her pictures and the words of her journal.

The photographs she brought home and the stories that she's told confirmed her love for the city. I am so happy that she was able to go and that she's brought back moments and memories that will be remembered for a lifetime, no matter where she chooses to roam.

And wherever that is, be it near or far, may she find comfort in knowing we wait for her with open arms and open hearts in this special place called "Home". Welcome back, ange....


McSwain said...

Looks like she brought you more than one great picture. :) My favorite is the one of her in the hat with the lights in the background.

Ame said...

Gosh ... so wonderful and so hard all at the same time. I know my ex plans to take my girls to Orlando and South America, without me, of course. And the thought of them "flying" somewhere without me is almost unbearable. I think the Orlando trip may be this year ... but I know he's waiting a few more years for the South American trip.

You did good, Mom ... I hope I can do as well when the time comes.

Her pics are wonderful ... must be bitter/sweet ... lovin that she had such a wonderful time ... wishin you could have shared it with her ... knowing she's spreading her wings well ... wishing for one more day to cradle her in your arms. Okay, now I've got myself crying!

You did great ... I love the post on watching her flight ... I'd be doin the same thing.

david mcmahon said...

There is no joy comparable to welcoming home your child/ children.

I share your joy. Our eldest just got back from NYC - and our hearts sang to embrace her once more.

Thanks, too, for the great comment on my book-pages photo, Lori.

Jamie Dawn said...

You have a beautiful daughter. I am so glad she enjoyed her New York City experience. I bet she was jabbering nonstop about all she saw and did. I've heard Mama Mia is a wonderful musical to see. My brother saw it, and he really liked it.
Thanks for sharing the photos so we could enjoy them too!!

John-Michael said...

You just can't leave it alone, can you? Just have to reach into my chest and wring those tears out of my heart! The love that you emit through your gentle and inviting language accompanied by your splendidly orchestrated images, is a thing of pure beauty.

Daryl E said...

OH .. the photo in Times Sq! She was literally TWO BLOCKS away from me .. TWO BLOCKS!!!!!!!!

Michael said...

Oh I wish you could have gone. NYC is a great place, although I love to visit, I don't think I could ever live there. Chicago is enough of a big city for me : -)

Looks like she had a great visit. Next time it will be you in those pictures!