An interlude: In honor of my little girl's accomplishment
Before my passion was ignited with this week's Foster Care postings, before I flew to Orlando to visit my son for a few days, before I lost my links on my sidebar (how DID they get so far down on blog page???); our daughter graduated from college! Last weekend was filled with graduation activities including a "pinning" on Friday night and of course, commencement on Saturday afternoon. Katie graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science--she's an R.N. It was a rainy weekend at the Ninety-First Annual Commencement at the College of Saint Benedict--but the celebration wasn't dampened.
As she walked into the auditorium with the rest of her graduating class, my mind raced as I remembered, in turbo speed, the life of my little girl. She is such a blessing! If I could do just one thing in this life--I would chose over and over again--to be her mom. My daughter! And to think, I wasn't going to be a parent! My own childhood left me with scars that prevented me from even imagining that parenting could be so wonderful. However, God in His infinite grace--sent me Katie.I am a firm believer that a child should never serve the needs of the parent; I simply share this with you to acknowledge that my ultimate healing began the first moment I held my little girl. It was an interlude of sorts: the time between anger and acceptance, the space between fear and peace, the gap between doubt and faith. With the arrival of my little girl, I discovered the freedom to love--really love.
Last weekend it dawned on me; not only is my little girl all grown up--I have grown along side her as well. My motivation to continue this growth remains intact; for, although she is a married, gainfully employed woman, I remain an influential role model in her life. As mother's, our job--our joy--is never-ending. When our children become adults, it may seem they no longer need us. However, our input is invaluable as we continue to live our lives in a way that will enhance and influence their new found independence.
Yes, Dad's are essential, and husband's too! It is a good thing to be part of a family. Although I spent the first 20 years of my life believing that family meant pain and loss; somehow, in one moment, this little girl showed me that by being her mom I would discover the freedom, the inspiration, and the complete ability to simply love. This, was a priceless education!
So for my little girl; God Bless you dear woman! My heart is filled with joy for the little girl you once were and for the woman you have become. May you discover all that God has in store for you as you continue your life as a college graduate, as a new bride, as a Registered Nurse and as one of my most treasured gifts from God.