Let go of the apron strings, that is! My youngest DD is 19 and is wanting to audition for the Phantom Regiment Drum Corp colorguard. Now, I don't have a problem with her performing in a colorguard, but I do have a problem with where this DC is located--Rockford Illinois. We live in KY and this is about a 9 hour drive from home. She would be gone for 3 months traveling around the country performing in DC competitions. 19, she is only 19. I hate that she wants to go. Hate that she would be gone for 3 months. Gone for 3 months and be over 9 hours away. This is the pits. She is my baby--I hate that she is growing up and not needing me--me--her mother.
I love the fact that she is strong, independent, and confident enough to do this. I love that she is willing to torture herself in the hot sun the entire summer to be able to do something she loves. I love to see the excitement in her face when she talks about going. Simply.... I love her. I love her and will support her. I have taught her well and have to trust her to stay on the correct path and not be swayed by peer pressure, remember all I have taught her and to fly. No, that is not right--SOAR! I want her to live her life with confidence and respect herself. To set goals and to accomplish them. To have a joyful, happy, good life.
In order for this to happen, I have to let go of the apron strings. God knows I do NOT want to, but I have to....for my DD. So guess who is driving her to Wisconsin for auditions in November? Yep, that would be me! Cannot stand the thought of her taking a bus or plane up there alone, so I will drive her up. I 'll just loosen the knot a little bit at a time. By May when she will go, the strings will be untied, I hope! ;)