The big day has finally arrived. To everyone else it’s just another ordinary day but for us it harbours a special event, a celebration and significant milestone. My girl has turned 18 and I’m dumbstruck it’s finally here.
She’s turned into a gorgeous young thing with a personality that’s simultaneously delightful and difficult. But that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone as she’s very much like me!
She’s still happy to be cuddled by her mum but there are days when I yearn for the toddler who would bury herself into my chest like a kitten, it’s not the same cuddling a lanky teenager who towers above you. Despite her protestations I know tickles bring the same giggles they did when she was a child; it’s just the giggle is no longer a gurgle and is usually accompanied by a return attack until we’re both shrieking and begging for a truce.
As a little girl she was creative and loved storytelling, she was free-spirited in her dress, a young hippie even, and had oodles of empathy for other people. None of this has changed except for the dress sense, now she’s very trendy and quite specific about her clothes. A sign of growing up I suppose in an age that’s all about image.
I love spending time with her and I think she likes spending time with me provided it doesn’t involve housework or gardening. Movies, shopping and eating are some of our favourite pastimes but we’ve now switched roles slightly; she’s very good at telling me what clothes I should buy and strangely enough those items keep turning up in her washing basket.
I still worry about her but I hear that never changes. When she was a child I was always panicked when she ran off dancing down the pavement or full pelt towards the traffic lights, but now she is the traffic and I have a whole city of cars to worry about!
When I look at her I am stunned that I created this masterpiece (clearly with a bit of assistance) and I hope with all my heart that I’ve taught her enough so that she can go on and create a life in which she is happy and healthy. She has plans but as we all know life can interfere with plans; sometimes that journey is better with detours as it can be richer and more colourful than a straight road with no bumps. Provided she can navigate it all with lightness in her heart, laughter in her life, a sense of adventure, an inquisitiveness for challenges and a yearning to always keep looking forward I know she’ll have a wonderful life.
Today is just the first day…