Personal Growth

This Amazing Young Woman

How can I even express the heart-bursting love and pride I have for my daughter?

My husband and I are spending a lot of time thinking about how much she’s changed, enlivened, expanded our lives. AND how hard it’s going to be to let her go when she goes off to college in 3.5 short years.

Children are such an amazing and challenging gift. They make us face the best and worst of ourselves (hearing your words come out of their mouth??? The horror!).

You’re told, when you bring them home, that the time “flies” and amidst the up-all-night exhaustion that comes with that first year… or in our case, years. You think, “I will be HERE for-EVER!” Then, one morning, you’re seeing them off to kindergarten. Suddenly, they are in that trying world of Middle School (you thought you escaped? Ha-ha! It’s baaack!). Next minute, they’ve graduated Eighth Grade and are facing High School! Oh. My. God. Only 4 years left before they belong to the WORLD… and not just you 💔.

You hope and pray that you’ve thought them self-reliance, respect, how to battle procrastination, and how to follow their “gut instinct.” Now, in High School, our daughter is faced with so many more influences… is she strong enough to be her own person? That’s where we are today: end of first term, freshman year.

Ah… the mid-term crunch! Her very first experience with HUGE exams (we tell her, the tests get bigger! The projects get harder!). And here we are: proud of our little “worker bee” studying hard to keep those A’s by doing well on her exams. All I can think is, “how did we get so lucky?” She’s not the smartest (maybe), but she is a HARD WORKER. Her drive to do well and her goal of going to an Ivy League School and on to Veterinary School is inspiring.

This drive she has… it amazes us. Neither my husband or I were brilliant students, we didn’t even try to be. We’ve never pressured our daughter to be a straight A student either. But, she knows where she wants to go. She knows what’s required to get there. And we HAVE thought her she can achieve any goal by doing the work.

To be honest, I know the Ivy League is a tough goal. Will she make it to Cornell? I don’t know. What I DO KNOW… is that if being a veterinarian is what she wants, she will get there! I believe in her and her ability to work hard and stay focused. I’d like to think we taught

her that. The truth is probably a mix: some she was born with, some was taught, and the rest reinforced ❤️.

She is truly dazzling.

#momlife #parenting #possibilities #openandbrave

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