Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Today I took my baby to college. It's a day I've been pushing to the back of my mind for a year. But life doesn't wait for us to be ready nor to catch up to what is brings. We have to ride the wave, no matter how big and try to keep our balance until we find the shore.
One more time, I share words that I left her in a card as I kissed her good-bye and waved from the door...
My Dear Angel,
Where do I begin? I am so proud of you for so many wonderful reasons! You have been a bright light in my life ever since I first held you in my arms. Your creative hand and considerate heart endear you to everyone who knows you, and your strong sense of right and wrong, fair and not, has served - and will serve - you well. I know that this is a time of mixed feelings and apprehension for you...and that is perfectly normal. Don't worry about knowing, or not knowing, all the answers right now. Life is a constant examination, and we are supposed to be continuously learning and growing along the way. Trust yourself and your instincts. You have wonderful judgment for each situation, and your gut feeling will tell you what to do. Always listen.
Open your mind and heart to new experiences that you know could be healthy in who you can be. If an art class looks fun, take it. If a part in a play calls for dancing, dance. Think of all the new things you've tried during high school and how well you did with them. Believe in yourself and you'll be surprised at how high you can fly! Never compromise who you are, and remember that those who truly love you will never ask you to. You will learn a great deal about what you believe in and what is important, and each lesson is valuable in who you are becoming.
Remember - Home is always here. We love you, unconditionally and completely and always will. I am just a phone call or letter away if you ever need anything. Though I will give you space to learn and grow on your own, if you ever need me, I'll be there in a heartbeat.
I will miss you terribly, but I'm excited for YOU and for the wonderful and fun things that I know lay ahead! Have faith in God, have faith in yourself and know how very much you are loved.
Blessings to you my beautiful girl.
Love Always, Mom