April 25, 2012

all for her

photo by the beautiful suz
The senior year festivities have begun.
I thought I would be floundering, but my insides are only shouting happy.  The excitement level is on a steady high, and I hope we can sustain it all the way through. There is still much to do between now and June 1st.
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I hesitated as I hit send... not sure the announcements were quite what I had in mind. But when they arrived, there was a catch in my throat. They are completely and utterly her, just as her party will be. As I stitch her prom dress, I feel the same. It will be her, copper and shimmer. I can see the appreciation in her face... that I know her, and let her be.

It was not easy... throwing my own expectations of hair and make-up just so to the breeze. What my heart dreamed for my precious pink bundle all of those years ago is simply a faded vision...but the result is beautiful, and true. She is not pink and ruffles and lace... she is copper and old leather and typewriter keys. The things that are important to me are not necessarily the first things on her own list of needs or desires... and even my wanting it can not make it so. I choose to accept, and celebrate. And thank the friend who taught me this lesson. It is perhaps one of the most important choices a mother makes.


Gabe said...


AND I wish you lived down the street!!

Busy Bee Suz said...

'she is copper and old leather and typewriter keys"
Brought tears to my eyes friend. She is a gift to enjoy...as is her Mama.

kim said...

Awe....I love it! And I love that you do celebrate HER! I can't wait to see pictures of her. She will be a knockout! If she was all in makeup and frilly pink bows...it wouldn't be your Laura.
What a proud mom you should be that your little girl has always stayed true to herself. At an age when all others are trying to be like each other, Laura has been stronge enough to be Laura. What a wonderful gift that is.
I can't wait to hear about all the senior activities!!
Love you!

Richella Parham said...

YES! You are wonderful! I am so proud of you--and of Laura. You have learned how to let each other be the people you ARE, the people God created each of you to be--instead of whining that you're not something else. And just look at the result!!! All good.

Senior festivities. Oh, my. Bless you, sweet friend.

Southern Gal said...

Letting them be who they are is such a huge step. You are one fantastic mama. When Rebekah planned her wedding everyone commented that everything about it screamed "Rebekah!" You're letting her choices scream "Laura!" and it's a good thing. Excited for you as you journey into this season.

Pam said...

You have a beautiful girl. And whether she's in ruffles and bows or Converse, she's amazing and exactly who she's supposed to be. And she's getting so grown up. sigh...

Stephanie said...

Letting them be who they are....so wonderful:)

Found you through SUZ!

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

Yes, Dawn, letting them be, and celebrating who they are, means freedom for you both, doesn't it?

I well remember that senior year. So much to do, so little time. It's a whirlwind.

Your girl is a beauty in that tree.

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