Friday, June 13, 2008

To My Daughter -Milestones


I will be leaving the office today, in fact in 20 minutes to start the preparations for my daughter’s next milestone. Tomorrow at 10:00 am she will be graduating from High School. Not so long ago I was dropping her off at the sitters for the first time and later meeting said sitter at the hospital because her big brother had left the cellar door open and she had taken a terrible tumble down the cellar stairs in her walker. Oh, many tears I must say. Fortunately there were not any long-term scars or worse from her trip.

Then it was the first day on the school bus. Watching her in her little dress trying to climb up on that 1st big step was hard. I had wanted a little girl and the Midwife and my mom, who was an OBGYN Nurse both, insisted she was a he. HA HA! to them.

Then all the woes of High School, boyfriends- “Scary Monsters and Super Creeps” driving miles to AAU basketball games and pick up from late night dances. Sometimes I truly believed she hated me. The drivers license and speeding ticket fiasco and now it is all in the past.

She is a very bright spot in my life, heart and soul. She and I have gotten very close over that last year. Closer than I ever expected or hoped, you know how teenagers are. She shares a lot with me now and we hang with each other and really enjoy each other. I am so proud of her. She managed to complete all her required credits (and then some) and has officially been out of school since March. She is still waffling about what she wants to do but that will come.

Today and tomorrow I will just savor her achievements and glow with love and admiration.

Congratulations Haleigh! YOU DID IT!!

Love MOM.

12 comments:

Maria said...

Oh, Prudence...she is so lovely. Such a heartbreaking smile she has..

I often think it is crazy that we have to make the hardest decisions of our lives when we are only 18. Who really knows what their profession should be at that age?

I think that no one should marry until they are AT LEAST 25. And I went into my career for all the wrong reasons: I thought it sounded glamorous and figured that I would make a lot of money...

To this day, I think I should have been a high school English teacher.

Time flies, yes? My daughter is eight and I can hardly wrap my head around that one...

dive said...

Congratulations to you both!
Yaaay!
She's a lucky girl to have her mom's looks and smarts, Prudence. I'm sure whatever she decides to do she will be great at it.

MmeBenaut said...

Haleigh is beautiful just like her Momma, Prudence. Hope you have a fabulous celebration of her achievements. Congratulations to both of you for making it to this point in Haleigh's life.

Rich said...

Congrats to your daughter Pru. It is a milestone and time does get behind us faster than we would like...sometimes. I've been going through similar feelings, but new chapters begin where to ld one' end.

Dear Prudence said...

Thank you all for you kind words and congrats. I only lost it once! Yippe for me. We had a wonderful party for her and her two big brother did what brothers will do, they threw her in the pool when we got home.

I completely agree with you Maria that she should wait at leat till she is 30 to get married. She has no interest at this point in being tied down with kids so at least that is a step in the right direction. I really did go by awfully fast. Here's hoping the next two year fly as well. Then the "baby" will be graduating and mom can start to think of herself for a change. What a selfish bitch I am!

MmeBenaut said...

I love you for saying "I love you" to Dive.

savannah said...

i missed it, but congratulations, sugar! xoxo

Dear Prudence said...

Thanks Mme. That is what the song was saying he needed. I just listened.

Thanks Savannah, it was a great day and now hopefully she will figure out what she is going to do with the next few years.

MmeBenaut said...

I have koalas for you today :)

Momentary Madness said...

.... everything comes and goes marked by lovers and styles of clothes ........

Terroni said...

Congratulations, Haleigh!

I was trying to remember the best advice I got when I graduated.

Hmm, maybe...

When you're in between a rock and a hard place, rock it harder.

Shan said...

Big late congrats to Haleigh! What an exciting time in ones life. I hope she really takes her time to take in all of the possibilities that she could choose to do with her life. This is it!! The maturing and discovering years! Use them well young lady and remember it's easier to learn from others wrong choices than your own. Choose wisely and you won't regret it later!! heehee

On a more recent note, I'm sooooo sorry that your son had a wreck Prudence. I'm also soooo glad he's OK. That's what insurance is for. Youngsters aren't very good drivers usually. Boo-hiss to scary wrecks and the heap-o-inconvenience they cause.