My children graduated from college this month. Both of them. My older daughter with her Master’s in Speech, Language Pathology and my younger daughter with her Bachelor’s in Business. Both have jobs in their chosen field. Both are now, by every possible definition, adults. Man, I feel old.
Obviously such times bring with them a natural tendency to reminisce.
I’ve been thinking about all of the nights I sat beside their crib and then on the edge of their bed as we said prayers and listened to music. She’s a Dancer with Kelsey. Return to Pooh Corner with Hunter. I’ve been thinking about the times we would jump on my bed and blow bubbles in the tiny pool that lived on our deck. Did anyone else have a Bubble Duck? I’ve been thinking about sidewalk chalk and pictures at JC Penney and the zoo.
There was that phase when Kelsey would sneak food in the middle of the night and Hunter would climb out of her crib.
And also the time we let Kelsey fall down the stairs and the time we let Hunter wander off at her own birthday party. We were far from perfect parents. No one is.
I miss those perfect, messy, crying, yelling, laughing, sticky little girls. But I am overwhelmed by the human beings they have become.
Three years ago I was still relatively new to this blogging thing as Hunter started her college journey. I wrote A Letter to My Daughter during her first week of classes, and I talked about all the things I wished for her.
I hope you are creative and collaborative.
I hope you are willing to take risks.
I hope you persevere when things get hard because there will be times when things get hard.
Mostly though, I hope you enjoy your life.
They are both all of these things and more.
Their road to this moment was not easy. No one’s is. There were times when they were scared and sad and disappointed. There were times when they were broke and exhausted and overwhelmed.
But through it all they seemed to be enjoying the journey. They laughed and sang and made a lot of noise in the car. One baked. One read. Both danced in a way that you could only appreciate if you saw it. They were beautiful.
They are beautiful.
I have no wise words of wisdom this week other than perhaps to say enjoy the minutes and the days. They pass quickly. But I am comforted by the fact that with each passing year, they are even more fun. And I am getting a lot more sleep.
Yes, I am overwhelmed by the human beings they have become.