February 21, 2010

It's been a long week. But a good one. We took our oldest to college for a weekend at the college she will be attending this fall. She is staying with a lifelong friend but it seems that due to scheduling, etc., the time they've been able to spend together has been short. It's a great Christian college that offers so much besides academics. What a great opportunity for her.
But I have to admit, it was hard to leave her there for 4 days so I can't imagine what it will be like leaving her in the fall. We've been blessed with a wonderful relationship which has only grown stronger through homeschooling. It's been a great pleasure to watch her grow into the young woman she's become. Her talents amaze me. She has a very sweet, quiet disposition that always seems to see the good in people, even when they've treated her badly.
But to see her on stage blows me away! She can adopt the personality of so many different characters and mimic them with such accuracy. Perhaps the exposure to singing Disney princesses and a multitude of classic literature styles has contributed to her love for drama. At any given time, we found ourselves in the midst of a well known story as the drama unfolded around us much like scenes from Little Women. From Ariel to Elizabeth Bennett to Harpo Marx and in many foreign lands both real and imagined like Siam or England or Narnia or Middle Earth or Toyland plus just about any period in time. Our local community theater has been a great blessing for her as she has gained experience and skills required for the theater and made many new friends from all walks of life. All the shyness and inhibitions melt when she walks on stage and she becomes this dynamic presence that everyone loves, with a voice like a songbird. I can't wait to see where the Lord leads her and I'm praying that she will always continue to follow Him.
Her life is really unfolding right now with college planning to complete and working as a nanny plus taking some measures to reduce her gen.ed. course load. In addition, she'll be doing a lot of traveling in the next few months. Great opportunites for someone who has had little experience in that area. Following her college weekend, she'll be traveling to NC with a friend for a visit and that includes a side trip to GA/TN. When she returns from that adventure, she'll be traveling to FL as a nanny. Then, in the summer, there is the possiblity of a road trip across the country and back. A very busy 6 months.
I'm so excited for her. Happily, I have another wonderful daughter who is still at home. She is very close to her big sister and shares her love for drama and musical theater. She will miss her as much as I do. I'm sure we can be a comfort to each other and will plan many trips to visit her sister at college. That brings me to a sobering thought. Times flys all to quickly and before I know it, it will be time for her to step out on her own path. Oh, my!!

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