My daughter gets married in less than two weeks. In less than 3 months she moves away to the UK. For all you parents, I’ll just let you take a moment to think about that.
When I tell people this, their reaction is usually something like “oh my gosh, you must be so upset!” Ok, I admit it. If I think about it too much, I get all teary eyed. I don’t think that “upset” is the right word though. Will I miss her? Of course!
But the day she was born, I had all these dreams for her. I wanted her to live a happy life, to feel fulfilled, to be loved, to reach for the stars and achieve her dreams. We all want that for our kids don’t we?
So now that she is living a happy life, feeling fulfilled, loved, reaching for the stars, and achieving her dreams, how can I be upset about that? I’m thrilled and so proud of her! I’m proud of myself too because I know that despite those moments of insecurity, the times where I was POSITIVE I was a failure as a parent….despite all of that, I must have done something right for her to be the amazing person she is now. So, I guess we’re both achieving our dreams and that’s the best possible Mother’s Day gift anyone could ever give me.
Happy Mother’s Day!
[…] I wrote another post back on Mother’s Day about how I was feeling at that time, thinking ahead to her wedding, graduation from Teacher’s College, and moving away to the UK. I thought it would be appropriate to follow up now that she’s been gone for a month. You see, my reaction when my daughter told me she had received a job offer to teach in the UK and would be moving there for a couple years was “OH MY GOSH I’M SO EXCITED FOR YOU!” Seriously. It wasn’t me sobbing my eyes out and it wasn’t me sinking into a depression. And it still isn’t. She’s living out a dream. What more could I want for my child? […]