Friday, June 1, 2012

Fare Thee Well

As Becky is at her graduation practice this morning,
I am spending my two hours reflecting
on the past 12 years.

Looking back at her first day of preschool,
it is easy to compare her to this beautiful rose bud.
She's always been pink.
Pink cheeks and a cheery attitude
(well, most of the time).
She has an enthusiasm for people
and life in general.
My sister in law once told me
"Hang on Jill, this one's going to take
you for a wild ride."
How right she was.

Becky has always jumped
right into everything,
Her mother, more timid
and shy, has learned to
grin and bear being made
the center of attention...
more often than not
and never by choice!

My long time followers
know I have lodged many
 frustrated complaints agaisnt
this school and some of the insensitive staff.
But today,
I have a grateful heart
so full of appreciation for the staff
that have been on Becky's team
and had her back all of these years.
I also have to commend her peers,
most of which have been with her since grade school.
We hear all about bullying, far too often.
But her peers have stood by her and her friends,
no matter their differences.

Again, like this rose,
I have watched my daughter
blossom into a beautiful young lady.
There have been many battles
but the war has been won.
More struggles ahead,
to be sure.
   But we now know,
we can survive anything.

When she graduates next Friday,
I'll have joy in my heart.



Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Such sweet sentiments, Jill. congratulations to her, and you! For you were the one to guide her along the path to where she is today :-)

Scrappy Pink Corner said...

You should be not only proud for her accomplishments but for your as her Mother. Without you she could not have made it. That push and those words of encouragements are what has made her the young girl she is today.
Congrats to Becky and to you as well.

Please share pictures of her graduation.

Bonnie said...

Jill, Congratulations to both of you. High School graduation is bittersweet. You acknowledge the pride of success, but you also realize the child is into their own. Becky is lucky to have you in her corner. Enjoy all the celebrations that accompany this moment. Bonnie

Bonnie said...

Okay my profound mistake!!! It should read...the child is growing into their own.... Sorry! Hugs!

Gloria Hood said...

Super post this AM! How proud you must feel!

Melodie said...

Such a very sweet and wonderful post! Congratulations to you both!

Debbie said...

sweet entry....but your first sentence should have been, grap some kleenex, your gunna need them!!

congrats to beautiful becky, it's not always easy, but it's alwasy worth it!!

she did it....YAY!!

TexWisGirl said...

this was awesome, jill. :)

Julie Marie said...

Congratulations to Becky, your sweet little rose... still continuing to blossom and make her mama so proud!... xoxo Julie Marie

Madi and Mom said...

Jill...what a beautiful tribute to Becky and to be compared to a rose is a lovely rose is indeed an honor.

Children grow up so quickly. I can still vividly picture my daughter on her first day of kindergarten ....35 years ago.

Your cloud picture from yesterday is amazing.
Hugs C

mary i said...

You are an awesome Mom!! Your daughter is an awesome young lady! Congrats to the Both of you..( I have a rose Just Like That in my yard,Pink with sunshine in the middle) :)

Furry Bottoms said...

Aw, love the sentiment!

Susan said...

Beautiful thoughts again. It's a hard job raising a girl into a woman ready to fly out on her own someday!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Congratulations! That's a beautiful post! You have every right to be proud of your girl! Enjoy the weekend.

Lynne said...

Tender thoughts and with much LOVE . . . Enjoy graduation and your days of quiet . . . before the next life phase . . .

Beth said...

Congratulations to your daughter. You have every right to be a proud mother.

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful, Jill.

Anonymous said...

This is such a sweet post, Jill. Having our children graduate is such a bittersweet time. Congrats to Becky.... and to YOU, Mom!

Terri Buster said...

Such a magnificent day when your child graduates...congrats to her and to you!

Chatty Crone said...

You have made peace with the past and peace with the future and are just concentrating on her. sandie

Dawn's Craft Place said...

Oh how wonderful for her and such an accomplishment, and such a proud moment for you.
You have done a wonderful job MOM
Enjoy this time

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you both. You are a wonderful mother, Jill.

Saun said...

Congratulations to you both. While your patting Becky on the back make sure to give yourself one too.

Nancy said...

Congratulations, mom, for getting her to this important time in her life. Big hugs to you Jill. xoxo

EG CameraGirl said...

I can feel the joy in your words!

Betsy Brock said...

Awww...I loved this. How wonderful! Congratulations to her...and to you, too. She couldn't have done it without you, you know? :)

Donna said...

As joy in your heart you should! It's very difficult raising children these days, and you've shared your more difficult times. But now, your work there is complete, and she begins a new part of her life's story. And, then you will be a part, a big part, of this next chapter too, dear Mom.

Hugs for both you and Becky!