Today my oldest daughter is graduating from high school. It seems like only yesterday I hopped on a plane and flew to the other side of the world to pick up my little bundle of joy, yet here we are. She is all grown up and ready to take flight.
I am so very proud of my little girl. She has grown up to be such a fine young lady. Beautiful inside and out. Raising her has brought me tremendous joy and fulfillment. I cannot imagine my life without her in it. It will be exciting to see what all she does next.
This year has meant a lot of changes for all of us. I've parented her much less and encouraged her to make her own decisions, choices and plans. While I've had a few opinions here and there, for the most part, I've allowed her to be her own person and do her own thing.
Though my role now will be much diminished moving forward I will be here for her nonetheless. I will always be someone she can talk to, share a confidence, express an opinion or idea, cry at or simply ask for help. As her mom I will always be her mom. And as I always tell her, "No one loves you like your mom does."
Boy, isn't that the truth?