On Saturday I drove up to Atlanta to spend the day with my girl. Well, my biggest girl. She had invited me up to see a musical that was playing at her school on Saturday night and I decided to go up early so we could have lunch and shop a bit before the show. We had the best time together, I just love spending time with my girl. We went to one of her favorite Mexican restaurants for lunch. Upon checking this place out ($10 for a burrito?), I shared with her MY experience with Mexican food in college: frozen bean burritos from 7-11! Must be nice to be her! Clearly, the girl is getting too much cashola for spending.
Then we did some window shopping in the hip district in downtown Atlanta. Talk about the fast way to make one feel O.L.D. We found a funky, feminine dress for Victoria at a vintage shop, she was so cute in it I just couldn’t resist buying it for her. Then we walked around the campus for an hour or so before the show, talking and giggling about… well, everything. The show was hilarious, I loved it. But even more, I loved the company.
It is bittersweet each time we are together, I am reminded how much I miss her. Gosh, I am just nutty about her! She is such an incredible young woman, in so many ways. I have watched her grow into a responsible, loving, funny, bright, self-confident, compassionate, and beautiful person. And as much as I’d love to think I had something to do with it, she is so unlike me, so much her ‘person’, I know she has found her own path, in her own way.
Now that she is gone from our ‘nest’ I find myself cherishing the memories of her childhood all the more. And wondering how in the world she grew up so quickly!? What I wouldn’t give to have her back for just one more year. But I have no regrets. We spent so much time together… laughing, joking, talking, just being. We did several mother/daughter Bible studies which was a fantastic opportunity for me to discuss with her those ‘things’ that we as parents don’t like to discuss 😉 And I like to think she learned a thing or two about herself and what God wants for her, for her life.
What an honor it is to be her mother. I love you, my beautiful girl!