Thank you Lisa for the wonderful opportunity and honor to grace your "home." ~PeggyLee
Thinking back to the first time I became a parent, I remember looking at my newborn daughter and saying to myself, "Wow! At Christmas she'll be six months old; I wonder what that will be like?"
Now I look at my daughter and say to myself, "Wow! Where did 30 years go?"
For me, those years have gone into a vacuum where I barely remember most of her and her younger brothers' childhood.
Nearly two weeks ago we gathered for the youngest brother's wedding. What a wonderfully blessed time that was for us all. There were reminiscent stories told of nearly every stage of life thus far, and photos to go with other tales. During the Mother-Son dance I looked up into my baby boy's eyes and tears began to quietly stream down my cheeks. Aaron looked at me with tears in his own eyes and said, "Don't." I replied, "Too late," which broke the ice.
If I did anything right as a mother or parent it was to let my children know how much they were loved during their birth, the terrible three's, and the ever-tough teenage years. It is equally important to keep loving them as adults when their problems grow as they have.
A few days before the wedding, I posted the following on Facebook; I do not know who the author is but the words emulate what being a parent is all about.
"My promise to my children - I am your parent first, your friend second. I will stalk you, flip out on you, lecture you, drive you insane, be your worst nightmare & hunt you down like a bloodhound when needed because I LOVE YOU! When you understand why I do that, I will know you are a responsible adult. You will NEVER find someone who loves, cares, prays and worries about you more than I do!"
Enuf said ;-)
"Turn around, turn around; Turn around and you're a young girl going out of my door." ~ Kenny Loggins, "Turn Around" lyrics