Today's blog post is going to be quite different from what I typically share because today is the day – Boo's college graduation!
I'm so proud of everything Boo has accomplished. She's smart, witty, fun, talented, ambitious and beautiful – on the inside and the outside. She's compassionate, a Christ-follower and a great listener. She has never, in all the years of growing up, caused Bob the Builder and I any problems. She's been every mother's dream.
This is a day I've been looking forward to with great excitement. It's also a day I knew I'd feel sad.
So, why am I sad? You'd think I'd be beaming with pride knowing we've raised such an exceptional daughter.
I feel like my job as as mom is now "complete". I've reasoned, mentored, loved and consoled. I've even covered all her expenses (car payment, insurance, student loans, etc.) to allow her to concentrate on her education.
After tonight's commencement, she'll forge ahead into the real world of adulthood. That includes a full time job, paying all her own bills and experiencing what it's like to be completely responsible for herself. This will be a transition for her, but I know she's ready.
She really doesn't "need me" anymore.
As I sat in front of the mirror this morning, putting on my make up, my mind wandered. I asked myself all those age-old questions, "where have all the years gone", "how can I be at this stage", "how can I be nearly 55 years old"? Looking in that mirror, I could see wrinkles and, despite a recent visit to the salon, my gray hairs are beginning to show through at the roots. Yep, time has gone by. Lots of time.
My parenting of a 'student' has ended. A new chapter of our lives has begun. Whether she needs me or not, I'm still her biggest cheerleader!
Congratulations, Boo! I love you and I'm so very, very proud of you!
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