Monday, October 22, 2007

Little Steps

Tonight at water aerobics (my favorite form of exercise these days) the Billy Joel song It's Still Rock and Roll To Me was playing as I was jumping like a frog and then pretending to shoot an imaginary basketball. Anyway, in a way only songs can, I was right back to a muggy dorm room in August of 1990 unpacking my bags. My roommate and lifelong best friend, Carrie, and I pulled our first all-nighter unpacking and arranging and rearranging our 12 X 10 room that night. Part of it was probably adrenaline related but the other part (at least for me) was trying to work off that feeling of impending doom. The next morning my Dad would be driving back home 8 hours away and leaving me to live my new life.

Thinking about all of this made me a little teary eyed. I don't think anyone could tell because of the water splattered all over my glasses. My oldest daughter, Hannah, left yesterday for a week with her best friend to Chicago. I'm completely comfortable with her going, but I can't believe that she did. She and her friend have planned this trip for months. I am so excited that she will experience a wonderful city and share those memories with one of her favorite people. I went on vacations with Carrie's family for as many years as I can remember. These trips expanded my world. They became a part of who I grew up to be.

I know that this is just a little step with many more to come.


Cindy said...

Wow. BIG steps! Even I'm a little teary! I'm so glad she has a friend like that! And I'm so glad you and Carrie have had each other.

CAN'T WAIT for our time together!! Maybe you can show us your cool water aerobics frog jumping basket shooting moves.

Jen said...

I am so happy and excited Hannah got to go to Chicago, but I can't imagine how hard it must be for you her mother!!

Mary@notbefore7 said...

I imagine it is bittersweet. You have a great perspective on the wonderful memories that she is making!

the vacation album I made in high school in college has so many great trips that I love to look back on.

Kevin & Amy said...

I'm glad you enjoy water aerobics! I agree, it's the best! I did it when I was nine months pregnant and I REALLY liked it then. :)