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