Saturday, October 20, 2012

It Wasn't Hard To See Her Go

Eldest is on a plane right now.
We woke up at 5:30 so that she could catch the 7:00 am flight.
It wasn't hard to see her go.
Her dad is on the other side waiting for her.

The University is having it's open house this weekend.
A chance for seniors to take a closer look at all the programs.

Today she will walk around the campus that 
both myself and The Agronomist attended.
I remember those days so fondly and vividly.
Just like my dad did when I was a kid.

And so it goes.

My dad attended University because his father before him 
wanted something better for his kids.
My Opa was a market gardener in Holland.
Their world was bleak after the end of World War II.

He packed up his family of nine and headed for Canada.
A country of opportunity.
He was an optimist.
He was a dreamer.
I wish I had had a chance to know him.

My dad ended up attending University and becoming an Engineer.
It was not something that would have likely been possible in Holland.
At a young age kids were streamed and my father's fate 
would have been decided at age 12.
He would not have been attending University.

To be honest even here in Canada, getting into University was not easy for him.
But it was... a possibility.
A few years of extra courses finally gave him what he needed to be accepted.

It allowed me to realize if you decide on something and work towards it?
Anything is possible.
And that is why I am so thrilled for Eldest today.

I hope she comes home with the knowledge that truly anything,
absolutely anything is possible for her. 
Even though she doesn't quite know what it is yet.

Unwrapping the layers of giftwrap on the package 
is just as much fun as finding out what is inside the box anyway.

Enjoy the giftwrap Eldest.  
This is the part of your life that comes with a big beautiful bow.

And how exciting is that?


PS FYI despite the incredibly high cuteness factor,
this was not the outfit Eldest wore on the plane.
Instead she wore a neon head band, acid wash jeans and leg warmers.
I kid... she didn't wear the head band.

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  1. Oh how exciting!! It just doesn't seem possible that this moment is getting so close does it? Sorry gotta go... I am hearing crinkling in the kitchen again... we have a mouse but haven't been able to catch it yet. ugh!!

  2. Oh my word, how exciting! Even with legwarmers!

  3. :) and :( all in the same breath!


  4. Best wishes and lots of prayers for The Eldest as she makes her way. I'm sure you all have laid a solid foundation for her to build hr home upon.

  5. I want to be like that when my boy goes.

    But I know the truth: I'll be a watery clown faced mess.



    ANd to you, mama, for handling it like a grown up.

    1. Empress I should be very clear... this was just for an open house, not the real deal. I will definitely be a big mess when it's for realz!

  6. great post, Dana. sweet, tender, reflective. and a poodle skirt. doesn't get much better than that.

  7. I had to reread that headline just to make sure I read it correctly. I expect it was much easier with the Agronomist waiting on the other end at a familiar university. What an exciting time this is for all of you.

  8. Awwww...awwwwww...your family is so neat, Dana!

    I've seen seeing leg warmers popping up again! Everything old becomes new again, doesn't it!

  9. I clicked over here from somewhere...glad I did ! I'm far too sentimental regarding my kids so this was a good post for me to read :)

  10. How exciting for her...but knowing that it will take a plane ride to get to visit her...oh my. You are a brave momma. Hope she had a blast.

  11. How exciting! And she totally should have worn that - quirky is all the rage in college!


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