Shout out to all the Moms (and Dads) out there who are celebrating their children’s milestones this month.
I couldn’t stop the tears this morning as I watched my daughter cross the stage to receive her second degree. She hugged me and said “It’s okay momma, don’t cry. It’s not a big deal.” I understand why she said that… but here’s what she doesn’t know..
It is a parents dream come true too.
Because today I reflected on how many times I wasn’t sure I was doing a good job. I thought about times I failed as a parent and worried she would grow up scarred from my mistakes. When I officially became a single mom, I stayed up nights trying to figure out what to do to provide the best I could for my children, and the only thing that brought me peace was my own moms words that “whatever happens you are doing the best you can.”
I didn’t have the opportunity to go to university and I wanted more for my kids than I had. I dreamed for them to become more educated and grounded than I was in my early adult years.
Today, I saw that everything I hoped and prayed for has happened. It is a dream come true and I refuse to skip over it like it’s nothing because it’s the small victories collectively that make a life matter.
This is a victory.
I am beyond proud of my kids and so grateful that my daughter followed her heart to be a teacher. She keeps challenging herself to continue learning, and be the best she can be.
This is her celebration. But it’s also mine.
I’m learning to celebrate the moments and see them for what they are. This is real life GOOD stuff and we should pause and truly celebrate.