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
3.24.16

Now… let’s eat cake!

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Happy Birthday, B!

 

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Reconnecting 19/31 #SOL16

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Reconnecting (one of this week’s goals)

Usually my brother will visit us in Chicago a couple times a year.  This time it was our turn to visit him in Atlanta. We had a great day together, reconnecting in his world (instead of ours).  He showed us the renovations and remodeling projects in both of his homes that have been completed since our last visit.  We had a great lunch and dinner at two of his favorite restaurants.  We walked around the very quaint town where he lives.  We went to his office – closed for the day – for a tour of his work space.   We visited with some of his friends.  We played with his dogs, Scout and Jack.

Throughout the day we were able to get a sense for how he spends his days (without the distractions of our busy world).  Yes, it was a very good day.  Most importantly, today we were a part of his world .  We gained an even deeper understanding and a greater appreciation of his beliefs and his values.  He gave us a glimpse into his heart by sharing his world with us today.

We’ll see you back in our world in June.

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Jack and Scout

This Gift of Time 18/31 #SOL16

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This Gift of Time…

As we are driving away into spring break, I’m wondering about this time we’ve been gifted… I’m wondering if this much anticipated week will live up to it’s promise of time.

Will we have time to rest enough, relax enough, reflect enough?

Will there be time to reconnect with family, friends, ourselves?

Will we make time to get lost in a story that we’re reading, writing?

Will we take time to notice the outside world – the feel of the warmer sun, the smell of the air, the sights we’ve been away from all winter, the sound of spring’s awakening?

Will we find time to accomplish the tasks we’ve put off for too long?

Will we escape from time just enough to have a new adventure?

 
And, as each moment of each day of this week passes, will we remember that this gift of time is precious, that this gift of time is only given once?