To my girls,
I knew the day would come but I wasn’t expecting both of you to stop being homebodies at the same time.
My momma bear wants to keep you sheltered in a huge bubble but I also want you to have confidence, experiences, responsibilities, and adventures.
I held onto the fact that you both like being at home. I knew it wouldn’t last forever, but I didn’t except it to happen practically overnight.
Now it’s Friday night football games, bike rides to the playgrounds with your friends and without me, and bike rides with friends to the store.
How did that happen so fast and why didn’t anyone warn me and prepare me for the pit in my stomach that I have because you're growing up so fast!
Now I know why when I came home from college, I had a curfew. My parents always said they won’t sleep until I’m home.
Yes, I track your phones 5 minutes after you walk out that door.
But the laughter, stories, and adventures I hear you telling me and your friends laughing too is amazing.
The texts and calls of checking in makes me reassured you are listening to me.
So how does an anxiety ridden, over protective, helicopter mom loosen her grip?!?!
- Lots of praying to keep them safe and protected.
- knowing my husband and have and still are instilling core values in them.
- telling them to make good choices and decisions, and to be the leader, not the follower.
- Don’t assume a driver sees you. Always stop and be aware of your surroundings.
- Letting them know I’m always going to be here for them.
- Letting them know I will always know when they’re lying so don’t even try. You won’t get away with it.
- I guarantee I’ve done it and did it way worse so you’ll never pull anything over on me.
Then the evening and nighttime roll around and my youngest is back to snuggling me and my oldest wants to talk.
I know you’re growing up and having adventures with your friends but thank you for being you.
Thank you for the evening hugs and holding so tight and squeezing me forever still.
Thank you for still wanting to have sleepovers in each other’s rooms and movie nights downstairs with all of us.
I’m very proud of the young ladies you’re both becoming!
Mom (still very anxious but very proud)