She wrote & delivered the class speech, while attemptimg to choke back tears herself. She failed at controlling her tears, but had an entire auditorium passing kleenex back & forth..... I'd say that it was a pretty successful speech. *more tears*
The teachers (K-8th grade) then sang a song to the graduates. I bawled my eyes out like a freekin baby. *tears* *tears* *tears*
It's a small parochial school, so there were only 7 graduates. They stood in a "receiving line" after service & graduation. My DD was the last student in line. I hugged each kid that I have known & watched grow over the past 7 years, & slowly made my way to DD......
She wrapped her arms around me & for the very first time in many years, she cried & genuinly thanked me. :*-)
I'm not sure what she was thanking me for? Maybe for the hours of homework help, as I swiftly realized that I hadn't remembered hardly anything as I attempted to help her each night..... Or for the few times I snuck "lady-products" into the school, so she wouldn't have an embarassing moment with her surprise AF?..... Could have been the 27 hrs of labor.... The 13+ years of blood, sweat, tears, & sacrifice...? O.o
Not sure what she was thankful for? But, I'd like to believe that for just ONE MOMENT of time, I was finally recignized for all I've done....
I mean, the moment is & was meant for HER! SHE is the one who graduated..... I just feel so special that she thought to thank ME.... <3 *sigh*
I think about the transitions that moms & their children make throughout the years.....
I remember (with my own mom) going from protected child & mama bear, to the phase of "leave me alone, I can do it myself".... To the teenage "leave me alone, I hate your face"..... To "holy shit!!! I'm a mom now, I gotta call my own mom & ask for advice".... To... "Hey mom... You're my best friend! Thanks for everything!" <3
Of course... IDK what "phases" come after THAT, since cancer found the need to remove her from my world far to early....
BUT, I have the opportunity now to see the other side of those phases with my own baby girl. <3
I'm just so damn proud. ^_^
My baby is growing up so fast.... She's beautiful, intelligent, emotional, stubborn, outspoken, & absolutely LIFE CHANGING! Just like her mama & grandma! ;)
So, to the ladies whom have already been through this "phase" of mother-hood...... What's next?
*braces myself* LOL!