Today, I am the featured writer over at Our Mommyhood, a wonderful site where moms collaborate on motherhood, writing and blogging. I love the site because there's a little something for everyone, no matter what stage of motherhood you're in. Me? I've got the teenage years covered from beginning to end with my trio of all things pink—my girls— ranging from college age down to middle school.
I took my time, Internet, having these kids.
I'd like to thank my lovely friend, Liz, one of the editors of Our Mommyhood for having me over to her place. Liz is also the mother of all girls, although her spun sugar cupcakes are still small . . . and sweet. She hasn't experienced the sass, yet. Buckle up, Liz, my Chicago sister. The ride will get treacherous. I promise you that. Liz regales us with tales of her non-sassy girls at A Belle, A Bean & A Chicago Dog.
At Our Mommyhood today, my post is the one I wrote the day after my oldest girl, Olivia, went off to college last year. I knew I would be sad when she left us, but I was shocked at the utter grief that ravaged my heart when we left her there. I compare its stealthy punch to the same surge of fierce love that overtakes you the minute they put that squalling baby in your arms for the first time. It was just as potent, just as consuming. It was just the complete opposite end of the spectrum.
I will report that she and I both survived her first year away from us. In fact, we were the better for it. She came back to us this summer, a changed girl full of a grace and sweetness and maturity that only relying on yourself can bring.
We took her back on Saturday and even though I miss her sweet, beautiful presence here, even though I hate the thought of having one less chick under my wing, she is doing exactly what she is supposed to be doing—figuring it out as she goes and learning to fly. And for that, I am very grateful.
If you haven't read that post and you feel like crying today, head on over there. Oh, and it did have a video with it of my girl growing up through all her days, but I guess it didn't transfer too well. Sorry about that, Liz. You can find it up in my favorites, but go over to Our Mommyhood and read the post first. Give them some love over there. Thanks!