The last mother's day post I wrote, was about my son leaving for college. The "last" things he was doing before his departure from home and into his new life. I survived that, barely, and feel good about where he is and what he is accomplishing now.
Next year, I will be back in the same boat, as my daughter will be heading off to college as well. She will also have the realization of her "last" things to do. But for now, I have her and all the "firsts" as well. Her first boyfriend, her first SAT test, her first college tour, and more firsts to come. We have come a long way together and the difference between raising sons and daughter is cavernous. I have learned how to be a parent, though not always successful, to the differences in each of them.
What I have learned is to let go. Let them be who they are and bite my tongue. It's been a hard process, but always the right one. My hope for both my children is that they are kind, compassionate, and stick up for themselves. Say no, when you need to. Don't get too comfortable in life, shake it up sometimes. Take chances. Travel. Don't compromise your integrity and have fun.
Daughters are not always easy as we weren't either, but so worth it. I asked a few of my friends to share the girls with us for this amazing photo op and they obliged. I love their connections and we all know how hard it is to let go.
Great job ladies you have lovely daughters.