Thursday, June 5, 2008

My Angel on the Edge


In twenty three days, my firstborn angel will be twenty-one years old.  As she counts the days until, I feel a vivid bittersweet tugging sensation which causes me to want to go back instead of forward, if only for a little while.
When she closes her eyes like this, I can flash back to a time when I held this precious child in my arms while watching her sleep.  I can feel her soft, little ringlets of baby hair wrapped gently around my fingers.  I can feel her head nuzzled perfectly against my breast, her breath as silken as an angel's wings.
Her smile and her laughter are the same as they were when she was small, only deeper and filled with more richness.  Her eyes still sparkle with the same brightness that only a wise and loving soul could radiate.
So much about her is just as she has always been, yet so much about her is also a mystery still yet to be fulfilled.  She is my firstborn angel standing confidently and excitedly on the edge of twenty-one.  And I am her Mother, letting go slowly yet deliberately, so that she may now use what I have taught her to soar on her own.  Hoping, praying, that she will always find a soft place to land. 

My wish for you is the same.  May you always find a soft place to land, when you need to rest your wings.  May you always be surrounded by loved ones who can help to lift you back up when you are, once again, ready to soar.

P.S.-Kitties are angels who have furry wings.

14 comments:

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Funny, I thought wiener dogs were angels with furry wings!

Hallie :)

Cucina Cara Mia said...

Beautiful girl! Time does fly by with our children doesn't it? A Kenny Chesney song, "Don't Blink" says it all. What a cool looking cat...Happy Friday

Bogart in P Towne said...

Nice tribute.

Angel... said...

I have tagged you on my blog, come and see!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

shes so beautiful and how about that cats EARS! cool!
Yes I can so relate... my oldest will be 21 in 6 months... his gf will be 21 in less and 2 months...We hope and pray we have given them all the tools they need to succeed!
Beautiful post.

Ness said...

What a beautiful angel you have! I have found over the years as my children turned 21 that they are not only my children, but cherished friends. If any angel is prepared to fly, it is your daughter. She is beautiful in every way and she knows the flight back to her family to occasionally recover from blows from Life 101. I used to marvel at how excited my mother would be when we would go to her parents and how excited my grandmother was to see her. I didn't understand until my babies left home and now I tingle with anticipation when they are able to come and see me. Kelli and I have had a good visit and it will be sad to see her go tomorrow but she knows the way back. Thank you for sharing your angel with us and give her a God Bless and Happy Birthday from me when the big day comes!

tj said...

...Aw Deb, your angel daughter is so pretty - just like mama angel! ;o)

...And same back atcha! May you always find a soft place to land, when you need to rest your wings dear Debra and may you always be surrounded by loved ones who can help to lift you back up when you are, once again, ready to soar.

...And I thought chickens were angels. Huh! :oD

...Blessings...

kim-d said...

Oh, what a Beautiful Angel she is, Deb! And what I especially like is the warmth and kindness that shines through in her eyes. That this comes through in pictures is incredible. Such a genuine smile. She will not only fly; she will soar. All of your Angels will soar, I think, because you are such a wonderful source of all of the things that they need to soar. Lots of love and gentle hugs, Debbie :)!

Kari & Kijsa said...

A beautiful girl and a beautiful post!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

pattie said...

The happiest of wishes for a beautiful celebration for this upcoming day of birth for both of you. Reflect...rejoice...
Artfully Yours

Irene Latham said...

wow, 21... your babies are flying, aren't they??? Hope pround you must be. And yes, missing them too. I feel that every day and mine aren't nearly as old as yours are. It's so true what they say: they grow up so fast!!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

She is a gorgeous young woman. Just a half a year older than my own daughter. The one who is getting married! Oh, to see them growing up into such beauties melts my heart. We are so blessed!

xoxo

Catherine Holman said...

Your girls are gorgeous and so is the cat!
Hugs,
Cathie

Cheryl Finley: said...

Debra,
You indeed blessed with angel daughters..and they seem to grow up so fast don't they.
Keep enjoying them...

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