A Letter to B 24/31 #SOL16

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A Letter to B On Her 18th Birthday~

Dearest B,

You are 18 today – so grown up.  This day, your birthday, is a day of celebration. After all, you’re not a little girl any longer.  But, I have to tell you that on this joyous day for you, I’m feeling a little sad.  I’m wondering if you won’t need me as much any more.  I’m wondering if you’re happy to reach this milestone as a symbol of your independence from home, from family, from me.

As we sang “Happy Birthday” tonight.  Our eyes met and I wonder if you saw that mine were teary.  Could you feel my sadness?  Did you notice?  Did it show?

As I am reflecting on your 18 years, I could not be more proud of the young woman you are. Your strength and determination have carried you through each struggle you have faced.  I admire how you’ve never given up, when I think I would have.  I admire how hard you work at the goals you set for yourself.  The early morning before school and weekend skating lessons and practices, dance classes, poms practices, the difficult academic course load, the late nights of homework and studying…  I could go on and on. And with all of this, your character and your compassion for others shines through in all that you do.  Your service to others is an example for us to follow.  You are strong in your faith and your beliefs. You truly amaze me every day.

My dearest daughter, you were the first to teach me about unconditional love and how to be a mother.  You have taught me to be patient, trusting, compassionate, resilient.  I wonder if I would have learned these things if I were not chosen and blessed to be your mother.

So… B, on this, your 18th birthday, with the world at your feet, know that I love you with all of my heart.

Love, Mom
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Now… let’s eat cake!

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Happy Birthday, B!

 

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18 tomorrow ~ wish us luck 23/31 #SOL16

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Tomorrow I’ll have an 18 year old.   I thought I should do some research to see what I’m in for.  According to my research, B will be able to:

Vote
Buy a lottery ticket
Donate blood
Rent an apartment or buy a house
Sign legal documents and forms
Go skydiving and bungee jumping
Change her name
Open a bank account and a 401k
Keep medical records and grades to herself
Be called for jury duty
Get married
Join the military
Get a credit card
Get a tattoo or a piercing
Buy a car
Book a hotel room or even a cruise
Start a business, get insurance or take out a loan

I’ve been 18 before, but I’ve never actually been the parent of one before.  But, I guess the point is that I won’t necessarily be responsible for her anymore…  Just kidding. I’m still raising her.  And oh my… this list is scary!  Wish us luck!!

About the Business of Writing 12/31 #SOL16

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About the Business of Writing

Today, I am carving out some time for writing; and it’s not even dark!  I usually do not have that luxury during the week.  I leave the writing until the very last part of the day. The part of the day that doesn’t require anything else from me.  Sometimes it’s really (really!) close to the 11:59 pm EST deadline for posting your March SOLSC #SOL16 slice.  But that is my me time.  That is the part of the day that is just for me.

Yesterday was Friday.  I spent some time in my classroom after school, getting ready for next week.  I put away 2 very large stacks of books from the book return bins in the book room.  I chatted with some colleagues.  I said hello to a few little friends at Family Movie Night.  No worries.  I still had lots of time left in the day for writing.  I’ve got this.

So… I headed to Barnes & Noble.  This is where I go when I need a pick-me-up.  I wandered through the store, browsing the time away.  I bought a couple of books to share with my favorite readers next week.  The night was still young.  I made 2 more stops for things I needed at home.  Finally, errands complete, I headed home to begin my slice.  I started.  I looked at my writing notebook, I wrote some ideas, and then…


9:21 pm
I get a text from E…  “I’m ready to be picked up”.

9:40
I get to the restaurant.
“Can you drive a few more friends home?”   Of course.  

10:15
I get a text from B…   “When will you be home, he wants to say hello?”  Almost there.

10:20
I took some time to chat with B and her friend about their evening.  

10:30
I get a text from Paul on his way home from work…  “Do you want some ice cream?” (Like I would say no.)  I get back to my slice and wait for my ice cream.

10:45
Ice cream arrives.
(Do I eat it?  Do I finish my slice?  What would you have done?)

10:50
Ice cream gone.  I frantically try to finish my slice before 10:59 pm.  Formatting problems. It seems like I’m typing quicker than the internet can think.  

10:58
Done!

10:59
I click on “Post Comment”.  

11:00 pm
Slice posted.  But it’s really 12:00 am.  Ugh…


Last night I didn’t post my slice until 12:00 am, exactly, on the dot.  If I could get a day ahead… I wrote about procrastination a few days ago.  I don’t think I’m procrastinating with my writing… I’m just not setting the time aside to reflect and develop my craft as a writer.  I can only live a writerly life if I’m about the business of writing.  I will have to see if I can fix this.  Tomorrow.

I Celebrate This Week – 4.4.15

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It’s the end of another week.  Looking back, there is a so much to celebrate.

I celebrate this week.  This week ended the 8th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge.  This was my first March participating in the challenge.  I celebrate that I wrote every day in March!  All. 31. days!

I celebrate this week.  I am back to school after a week of relaxation, reflection, and time away.  I missed my readers, writers, and thinkers!  I celebrate that we are back to the literacy routine in our classroom!

I celebrate this week.  After weeks of stress and struggle, B and E have Ice Show solo costumes (always my biggest challenge!). I celebrate that their dresses are ready for a weekend full of performances!

I celebrate this week.  ACT scores arrived in the mail this week for B.  This means that going to college and the possibility of leaving home will come sooner than we think. I celebrate that she is excited about continuing her learning journey!

I celebrate this week.  This has been a week of much debate and deliberation at our house.  Our E has gone on her first “date” as she calls it.  Her dad and I call it a group gathering at the movies.  I celebrate that we all survived!

This week is over, but the celebrations remain and will be joined by the celebrations of another week yet to come.

SOL15 Happy Birthday B! 24/31

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Our Dearest B~
May you…
Have grace and be gracious no matter what comes your way
Be kind and do good for others every day
Be true and honest in what you do and say
Give your best in every way
Be happy in your heart and make time to play
Know God’s blessing always and forever and especially today
Happy Birthday!

You are the sparkle of our eyes. You have filled our world with so much joy. We are so proud of you. We wish you happiness on your special day and always.

We love you and we can’t wait to see you tomorrow!
Mom and Dad

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