Thursday Favorite Things 198

Throwback Thursday for Thursday Favorite Things! This is my favorite picture of my daughter and me, taken a decade ago.

Dre & I

Mama loves you, Bunny!

As we are awaiting my newest granddaughter to meet the world I’m often daydreaming and reminiscing. The one thing that stands out is my relationship with my daughter. I was a single parent for the most part of her life and I am proud of who she has become. Did I make mistakes along the way? You bet! Was one of those mistakes being a lenient parent? I’m guilty. Perhaps this is a characteristic of single parents. Would she beg to differ that I was lenient? YES.

l wanted to raise her based on mutual trust and brutal honesty. I wanted her to be able to tell me absolutely everything and know that I have her back. I let her argue her valid points even at the very young age. There were no tabu topics. Most people disagree with me as if ignoring some topics would make them go away. We tell each other things we don’t tell anybody else and in a way we don’t talk to anyone else. We finish each other sentences. We react the same way. We say the same things at the same time. We have the same sense of humor and sometimes only we know how funny our jokes are.

But then there’s the flip side of the coin. We act the same way when we are mad at each other. We tell each other things we don’t tell anybody else and in a way we don’t talk to anyone else. And sometimes by doing so we hurt each other. Not intentionally, but it hurts nonetheless.  It doesn’t last long though. Sometimes it takes a day, sometimes a moment to cool our heads and say I’m sorry. Other times we move on as if there wasn’t a disagreement at all. Do I wish I could go back and raise her differently? No. I wanted her to be brutally honest. I can’t take that away from her only when I disagree. Our bond is special and I wouldn’t change it for the world. As she is about to become a mom for the second time I can’t wait to witness what special bond she’ll build with her daughters.

This borrowed meme describes us perfectly on so many levels: there’s humor, there’s that brutal honesty and there’s our special bond.

mother-daughter relationship

 

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16 Comment

  1. Reply
    Fabulous Friday Flavour: It's a Feast!
    July 17, 2015 at 11:49 pm

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  2. Reply
    April Tuell
    July 17, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Love the story about you and your daughter. My daughter and I are very close, so I made a connection with your story right away. Thanks for the party, and have a great weekend!

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      allthatsjas
      July 17, 2015 at 10:46 am

      Thank you, April. I’m glad you can relate to it 😀 it’s the best relationship there is! Wishing you a great weekend as well!

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    Bridget
    July 16, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Thanks for the party! Have a great weekend!

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      allthatsjas
      July 16, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      Thanks Bridget, same to you! 🙂

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    My Rose Colored Shades
    July 16, 2015 at 10:17 am

    The bond between mother and daughter can be so special. I think it’s challenge to keep that close and deep relationship with them as they grow up but it’s encouraging to see that you have. You are both beautiful and that graphic you shared made me laugh.

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      allthatsjas
      July 16, 2015 at 11:09 am

      Thanks, honey! 🙂 Blessings!

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    Lou Lou Girls
    July 16, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Hello Gorgeous! I love stopping by your party each week. We would love it if you would stop by our party. We pin and tweet every masterpiece! Lou Lou Girls

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    Ann GrubbsnCritters
    July 16, 2015 at 12:48 am

    Love your story there, Jas. It’s amazing you have such a special bond with Andrea and I hope I can be like that with my daughter (and son). The bits of telling each other everything is the hardest – not sure if she’d ever want to when she gets to her teens. Parenting is hard! And, congratulations on your promotion Grandma! It’s going to be amazing!!! Xxx.

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      allthatsjas
      July 16, 2015 at 9:17 am

      Thanks, sweetie! Yes, parenting is very hard and it never stops but each stage is special in its own way and we need to cherish them all! Hugs

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        Ann GrubbsnCritters
        July 16, 2015 at 11:12 am

        So true! Not like one can just say, “I resign” and hand in a resignation letter from being a parent! :p

        Have a wonderful day, Jas! *hugs*

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          allthatsjas
          July 16, 2015 at 12:13 pm

          Nope, one can’t. Some do, but that’s another story 😉 Smooches

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    Jasna
    July 15, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Ah, we parents make many mistakes. Nice written little story; wish all the best to both of you.

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      allthatsjas
      July 16, 2015 at 9:15 am

      Thank you very much, Jasna!

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    Debi @ Surroundings by Debid
    July 15, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    I love this picture of you and your daughter Jas! I raised my daughter as a single parent most of her life as well. We have such a wonderful close relationship that I will treasure forever. Thank you for sharing this special post.

    Debi

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 16, 2015 at 9:15 am

      Thank you, Debi! Daughters are the best 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

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