Through the years, you have been passengers on a journey with me as we experience new cars, new beginnings, and new memories.
This National Daughter’s Day, I want reflect on where we have been and where we are going. With three smart beautiful daughters, how lucky can I be.
To My Oldest
You are now a driver, too. I know it wasn’t easy for me to watch you become a driver. You are cautious, and it is my job to step back and watch you go — although at times, I was not ready. You were, and you soared.
While at college, I know you will do great things and be an amazing person and a friend to all. You are an empowered, confident woman. Always keep your eyes on the road and be aware of your surroundings. May you be safe. May you be healthy. May you be happy.
To My Middle Daughter
I did my best to watch your sister begin driving, and I know I needed to take a breath and let it all happen. Now, I turn around, and this spring, you will get your permit. Deep breaths, deep breaths for me. Not you. You, too, are ready.
You are passionate about all that you do, and you amaze me with your talents from flute to volleyball to designing and sewing. In a few months, we will start our journey driving together, and I know that you will begin to drive with the same precision seen in all that you do. Just like everything else you do, it will now be our time to practice, practice, practice.
To My Youngest
We have a ways to go before it is your turn to drive. For now, as I watch you be the goalie on your soccer team, I know you have a keen eye and are very observant. When we take road trips, you are attentive and ask questions about your surroundings and directions. This skill will help you when it is your turn to have a go at the wheel.
For now, you will be my passenger and pay close attention to all of the places that we go.
To My Girls
Now that all three of you are growing into mature responsible young women, I still see you as my little girls in these pictures above. I hold on to the moments when after either a trip to pick our Christmas tree or a long drive home from Disney, I can see you sleep soundly in your car seats, then boosters. I know that this was ages ago, but just thinking about it brings a tear to my eye.
On National Daughter’s Day today and everyday, I wish you the world and hope that we continue to have many amazing journeys together on the road. Be safe and I love you!