So here we all are in the month of June. Angel Daughter Number One will be turning twenty-six at the end of this month which is almost hard for me to fathom as in my own mind, she is still a very young woman. Truthfully, I am finally coming to the conclusion that this child of mine is finished being a child. This has been a somewhat difficult concept for me to grasp as she has always been so easy to mother which makes it even easier for me to continue doing so.(She is a pretty good sport about it.) But she does not really need me to do that part of the job anymore. I mean, I know that she will always need me to be her momma, but as far as the unasked-for advice, etc., etc., I would rather not sound like the adults in the Charlie Brown cartoons. I am learning to back off. I am learning that when she needs me, she will come to me. I am learning that AD1 is pretty much cooked. I definitely cannot complain. Look at my girl, she is self-assured, considerate, compassionate and beautiful. As her momma, there is nothing that I could wish for her to be that she is not already in the process of achieving. It is a little bit frightening to know that I am on my way out of a job that I have so loved doing for twenty-six years, but this is the truth whether I want it to happen or not so I might as well enjoy the process.
Angel Daughter Number Three just completed her AA degree from a community college, received her first "A" in math, ever, and will be moving on to attend a college that is nine hours away in August to complete her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.(Just like her momma:)) In some ways, AD3 is our late bloomer, but she is also very thorough in making sure that she is comfortable with one step in life before she moves on to the next one. It is going to be very difficult when she leaves, I am fully aware of that and I know that I will come down with another case of "empty-nest syndrome" when she goes. She has been dating Zach for a couple of months now. He is the brother of AD1's boyfriend, Matt. They fell pretty fast and quick when they met and have been inseparable ever since. I'm not exactly sure how the Universe is going to work this one out come August, but it is all part of the major scheme so I am confident that if they want it to work, it will. Mark and I both really like Matt and Zach so if things are somehow meant to be, we would not complain. Life has a funny way of working things out, so we shall see what happens in the future.
Angel Daughter Number Four...What can I say about this little bundle of teenage energy. She is like a whirlwind of enthusiasm and kinetic chatter that bounces from moment to moment, place to place, leaving people smiling from ear to ear in her path. And although she is in the midst of her final year as a teenager, she is finally now going through a somewhat rebellious stage. I should have known that it was coming. It is normal and healthy and necessary. I was just sort of hoping that we could just skip that portion of the process with this mostly happy, mostly agreeable little soul. AD4 is still dancing up a storm, going to college, and working while also keeping up with her full social calendar. Her ability to bring people joy through the art of dance is mesmerizing and I am so proud of her confidence and skill. I only hope that she takes full advantage of the natural ability that has been given to her so that she does not look back with any regret. She truly is that good.