17 years ago today I gave birth to my first child.
I vividly remember the sound of her first cry.
All of a sudden I realized there was a new human being in the world.
Who belonged to me.
Who depended on me.
Who would look to me for support and guidance.
Who sometimes wouldn't look to me for support and guidance.
Who would expect me to hold her and make it all better.
Who would also expect me to step back and let her make her own decisions.
My firstborn was the beginning of a new life for me.
From the day she was born my life was no longer my own.
I don't regret it one bit.
Now we're nearing another milestone in our lives.
My firstborn is preparing for college.
I know that it will be time for me to let her go soon.
I'm not ready for that yet.
But, I'm working on it.
No matter what, she will always be mine.
I will always love her.
I will always be there to support and guide her when she needs me...
and even when she doesn't think she does.
I love you, Kendal.