My daughter headed off to her first year of college about a month ago. Letting go of my teenager was hard.
She is my firstborn, and a natural leader. She smiles all the time, but is also the consistent, dependable one....and the one with the extra car to help shuttle the other two!
Like other parents, I often wonder if I have given her the firm foundation, confidence and skills she will need to navigate life on her own.
Will she stand firm in her beliefs or be swayed by others?
Will she be disciplined with coursework and money?
Will she make good relationship choices?
My daughter needs to find her own way, not just that which I desire for her. It is my role to remain supportive through both her successes and her failures. I can offer advice, but not judge each and every decision, for if I do, I am clipping her wings. I spent years teaching her and loving her.
Was it difficult to watch her move a state away?
Do I worry about her safety and well-being?
Do I miss her joy, laughter and direct contribution to this family?
Do I miss seeing her each and every day?
Yes, but I also take comfort in knowing that I have raised her for this moment. Her future is bright, and I celebrate as she spreads her wings on this journey!