May 12, 2015
Today is one of those days I have put on my “Some Day” calendar. You know what I mean: Some day I’ll lose those last 20 pounds. Some day I’m going to go on a cruise. Some day, some day, some day. Well, some day I will be the mother of a college graduate has arrived. My daughter graduates tonight from my alma mater, Arizona State University. I would like to take this space and this opportunity to let her know how proud of her I am.
Congratulations, college graduate! How does it feel to meet another one of your goals? I knew you would do it, you always do whatever you set your mind to, I admire that. I also admire so much more that is you, it is hard to enumerate, but I will try.
I admire that you are stubborn; you stand your ground when you believe in something.
I admire the way you connect with little children; they flock around you because they know you love them.
I admire the way you took care of your sister when you lived in California; she always felt safe with you.
I admire the way you took care of your sister when you both had to change schools; she took it the hardest, but you made sure she felt safe.
I admire the way you stood up to me when you knew I had a problem; you made your decision and you never backed down.
I admire the way you live your life; no regrets, no excuses, no looking back.
I admire your loyalty, your beauty, your mind. You have turned out to be a pretty amazing young woman. Of course I know your faults, but today is not about that. Today is about your achievements, and you should be proud of yourself…I know I am.
One last thing, you have to know how difficult it has been to write this post. I must have started typing a hundred times. Every time I started to typed, my eyes would begin to water. Yes, I’m a baby and oftentimes too sensitive, but then again so are you (something else I admire). However, the reason this has been so difficult to write is because I do not have the words to describe how proud of you I am. I know I just said it, but it hardly seems enough.
I love you, Muffin. I wish you nothing but the best. Go and make the world a better place, I will always be here for you.
p.s. I admire how much you love your mom. Peace, ~v.