Today I Cried Special Moments
This morning I woke up early and fixed a very filling breakfast before they headed out. I helped my older daughter scour the house for last minute things she might have forgotten. I handed her the bag of cleaning supplies that I bought for her to tuck in to access as soon as she arrives. The cooler is packed with frozen water bottles and there is a tray of freshly baked homemade cookies I sent for the people who volunteered to help her and her dad unpack tomorrow. I kissed them both. Her sister and I stood in the driveway and waved as she followed the moving van he was driving. I turned and kissed her sister…and I cried.
This isn’t the first time she pulled out of our driveway headed to someplace new. She went away every summer during high school to study ballet with professional companies. She left to dance professionally and to attend college. She left to go to physical therapy school when she finished college. Many of these departures involved following a van filled with furniture and belongings. This one is different; this one is the culmination of years of preparation and dreaming; this one involves a full-time job in another state; this job ticks off all the boxes she was looking for and this move signifies her establishing her own home and lifestyle. We will still be in the periphery, of course, but she is on her own two feet and ready to fly solo.
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