I am forever thankful for the one child God blessed me with. I find myself contemplating it from time to time, and I simply cannot imagine what my life would have been like without her in it.
From the age of three months, she’s always loved to laugh more than anything else. I can say with 100% certainty that she gets this from her mama – and although that trait seemed to get me in trouble more times than not, she has managed it well.
Even as a young girl, her maturity level always surpassed that of her peers. Her tenderness and caring nature was apparent from the beginning, too. If someone was hurt or injured, she wouldn’t rest until she knew the situation was rectified – even if she was forcefully removed.
A real one-track mind, hers has been said to be. I guess that can be a hindrance at times, but not necessarily a bad thing. I believe that one-track mind was the source of her strong will that has endured from childhood throughout adulthood, which her pawpaw endearingly referred to her as the “Philadelphia Lawyer”. This most befitting term has yet to be matched.
I have often marvelled at her intelligence. It’s not just what you’re born with, ya know – it’s what you do with it. While she watched friends either dropping out of college or opting for other routes in life, she continued to work hard and give the extra mile knowing it would greatly impact her future. From the very beginning, I’ve asked three things of her…
1. Love God. 2. Get a good education so you never have to depend on anyone to keep you up in life. 3. Learn to drive a stick-shift, an emergency situation may warrant you knowing how one day. So far, she’s completed all but number three. 🙂
She’ll be twenty-three in March. Let me now revisit her maturity level, which even today, especially today – exists in full-force. Although she’s fresh out of college, she’s holding her own with her first apartment and a wonderful start to her career. She sees where and what she wants to be in life, and makes it happen. Would that I were that strong when I was her age! She worries about her own parents so much that it’s almost if the roles were actually reversed, and gives good solemn advice that I’ve never found any wrong in yet. Sometimes I see her taking on too much in this area, for her worries are often many. How I do wish I could take some of this weight off of her shoulders at times.
I could, of course, go on. But that’s my bright shining star – always full of surprises, excitement, fun, beauty, ambition, love and compassion, and will spout out an honest answer to anyone regardless of the consequences. I can’t imagine being any more proud of her than I am at this moment… though I’m quite sure the day will come when I am.
(Note the cactus to the rear in photo to immediate right… ouch…)
That’s my little comedienne.
What a beautiful and sweet daughter you have been blessed with. I too can’t even begin to guess at what my life would have been like without my childen. I do not have to guess that it would be a empty and unmeaningful life. I also know that at some point in our lives, the roles do get reversed. The problem with that is…the child or children want to tell us what to do way before we are ready for it! 🙂 Both of us have been blessed beyond measure and I thank God everyday for my 3 wonderful children. Yes, Bon, WE have been BLESSED! Love ya!
January 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm
Thanks so much Helen – your children are beautiful too!! I believe aside from salvation, it’s God’s greatest gift to us, our children. Much love to ya!!
January 26, 2011 at 7:25 am
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What a beautiful daughter, Bonnie. I’m glad to hear that she loves God. She has a sweet mother to learn from. Blessings to you and your daughter…
January 25, 2011 at 4:51 pm
Thank you, dear Carol Ann. She’s a good egg. 🙂 I often joke that if I’d had more, they’d probably have been the opposite of her. Ha! God knows exactly what he’s doing with his numbers. Blessings to you…
January 26, 2011 at 7:27 am
Bon – beautiful! Everything about this post – and your daughter! Plus, I love the new look (may be old, have been out of touch). Anywho – love this.
January 25, 2011 at 6:07 pm
Thank you, sweet Izzie! Speaking of old, just the other day when I’d forgotten something she asked ‘Gosh Mom, am I gonna have to look for you a place?’ to which I replied ‘Aha!! I knew it!’ She had a hard time convincing me she was kidding. 🙂 Blessings to you for a wonderful week!!
January 26, 2011 at 7:29 am
What a lovely post, Bonnie!
When I read the three things you’ve asked of your daughter I laughed, because my mom has also stressed the importance of those three things to me and my sister all of our lives. I guess you and my mom have something in common. 🙂
February 3, 2011 at 1:01 am
Thanks so much! Ah, that’s so funny that your mother and I seem so alike in our thoughts, huh? I simply cannot wait to tell my daughter “See! I’m not the only one!” LOL!!
February 3, 2011 at 7:50 am