Oh! I Needed a Title! — MIA

Because doctors aren’t always correct, we were blessed with a little boy. A smart, observant, and noisy little guy.

We thought we were lucky, and must add to our family. Half believing the doctors–because many, many years of telling me that I may not be able to have children, or that it would be rather difficult–we followed up by proving the doctors wrong again. This time with a daughter. A smart, strong-willed, clumsy little gal.

My husband and I are both from larger families. I suppose they would be considered large today, but in our day, our families were considered medium sized. We decided a family was more than two kids and two parents. I wanted 6 kids, but my anxiety and age warned me that 3 was a good number.5f334-kids

Omgarsh! What was I thinking? What a nightmare…having 3 more teens to manage while inching my toes toward the edge of the golden years. Yikes!

But, almost three years after our daughter was born, we were blessed with another. A smart, active, chatterbox little guy.

Mothers and DaughtersIt’s my daughter I miss.

Duh…our sons aren’t letting us miss them. :/

Don’t get me wrong—I love the boys with all my heart, just as I do our daughter.

Seventeen years passed–poof—she was off to explore her dreams. Sometimes, I wish I had reined in her strong will, but like me, it’s a part of our personalities–same with the clumsiness.

Magna Cum LaudeShe never came back for summer breaks, she stayed in school through the summers, graduating early from college–magna cum laude.

Unfortunately, many of my visits with her coincided with family funerals, and major family illnesses.

I have been missing her lately. She is back in school taking an accelerated course for a second Bachelor’s degree in another field from her original one.

She moved to another state to enter this program, which only accepted 16 from hundreds of applicants. Unfortunately, Georgia was not the state.552105_10200464037940797_466205459_n

She is now 23. Six years now–not moving so fast any more.

Parents—cherish each and every hissy fit, defiant stomp of the feet, snotty nose, kissing the boo-boo, hug, and every I love you. They grow so fast.

I miss you Little Missy.

I’m saving my quarters for a trip to your time zone…

Love and hugs to you!


About April

I'll come back to this when I find out who I really am. I've been through some extremely rough patches but they have made me a better person. I blog if my brain is functioning first thing in the morning.
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13 Responses to Oh! I Needed a Title! — MIA

  1. aviets says:

    You made my eyes leak.

  2. mewhoami says:

    She sounds like an exceptional young lady. You must be very proud. I hope that for you and her both, that you two will be able to spend some good one-on-one quality time with each other soon.

    • April says:

      We’re working on time around Christmas, however, her professors are saying the last day of classes is December 23–but the college campus closes on the 12th of December–so she isn’t sure what’s going on and it’s hard to buy plane tickets with such a confusing situation. We will work it out. Gah! The last time she was here, I was so stuck in depression that it seemed a blur. I’m glad she just likes being around me and I don’t have to entertain her.

  3. You are both so beautiful ~ together and on your own!

  4. Sweet! And a very natural mother reaction — with/to daughters. Being an only son with three daughters, I see it in my Mom often. And all is good. 🙂

  5. bmagpub says:

    I love these photos and this post. I am so lucky to be visiting my son in another city at this moment. And they do grow so fast. Just yesterday, we were whooping and had just bought a cocktail shaker for my oldest (almost 23), and my wife commented (as I was holding a cute stuffed toy) “it doesn’t seem that long ago we were buying stuffed toys for D, now we’re buying cocktail shakers!”. Cherish the times you have, and hold tight those moments past. And be proud of the strong, independent force you have unleashed on the world :-).

  6. Gallivanta says:

    Aww….adorable, both of you. And, yes, even I miss the slamming of the door, the hissy fit, and, sigh, I even miss the mess!

  7. April I can relate. The feelings seem so familiar. And I laughed that the boys don’t give you a chance to miss them. 😉

  8. suzjones says:

    She is so very much like you April. 🙂 You must be incredibly proud of her.

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