Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Graduate

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On Saturday, my beautiful daughter, my pride and joy, became a college graduate.  It looks like I have successfully managed to lure her back home with promises of matching aprons and convivial days spent weeding the vegetable garden together and canning tomatoes, just the two of us.  I’m sure I’m looking forward to all that more than she is, but she’s totally game and pretends it sounds awesome. 

When she left home four years ago, I went unexpectedly a little dark, and I felt the lack of her happy presence so acutely, every day.  I cried a lot.  It ached.  This, I know, is what mothers do, and there is nothing for it but to cry.  I wore a pendant of hers, left behind, because that way it lay near my heart. 

Now she’s home again, with eight lawn and leaf bags of laundry and mountains of books, and a wealth of experience and new wisdom.  She’s home.  She has eight different kinds of shampoo.  I’m so glad, so so glad. 

41 comments:

  1. How wonderful. I'm so happy for you both.

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  2. glad youre baby is home..Have a great visit..

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  3. Wonderful wonderful photo Kristen....you must be bursting with pride!!!

    Happy Happy days :-)

    enjoy

    Amanda xx

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  4. So sweet. Your photo and words made me cry. I wish I knew the joy you feel with your child.

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  5. She is beautiful, congratulations!

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  6. I'm so happy for you. Reading about her leaving made me tear up. My baby girl is two and I can't imagine.

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  7. Oh gosh...I'm so happy for you both! :)

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  8. My girls are little, is this what I will feel like one day? Your words were full of just... happy! Enjoy Jo x


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  9. What a wonderful post Kristen I am already anticipating my baby leaving home and she is only 13! I will be very sad and empty too and don't even like thinking of it, but as you say that's what we mothers do. I'm so happy for you both, such a wonderful reunion, have fun and special times xxx Penny

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  10. Your photograph clearly represents the wonderful relationship you have with your daughter. My eldest has just completed her first year away and I miss her every day. I know that our bond will stand the test of time and when she returns - even just for a little while - her exuberance/mess will be most welcome! I'm so pleased for you x Jane

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  11. Congratulations, and I am so glad for this time you will have together, making memories:)

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  12. Congratulations! Enjoy this time!

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  13. I am celebrating with you, Kristen. Thanks for sharing your happiness!
    Gracie xx

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  14. Congratulations!!! Have a marvelous summer together!!!
    xo Kris

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  16. Kudos to Her and Your family on her graduation.....
    I hear Your Mothers heart......
    3 daughters here... all different and making up the perfect bouquet for THIS Mother....
    I giggled when I read the section about 8 shampoos..... You can imagine my hall bathroom when my three were home and each wanting their own shampoos, conditioners, facial scrubs, moisturizers, toners and makeup..... Ah yes I remember those days well...... Lucky You to have your daughter back home home..... (matching aprons...... count me in!)

    May 19, 2013 at 10:27 PM

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  17. A beautiful photo of you and your beautiful daughter! HAPPINESS.

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  18. Lovely, just lovely... in every way.

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  19. Oh Kristen this almost made me cry! It brought to my mind a poem that I learnt many years ago. I have no idea who it's by but here it is: "As the bird must leave the nest and to some far off place must fly, that little bird must spread its wings, and so my friend must I. My journey will be long but I shall travel light, I'll journey from the morning through the day until the night. And when the day is over, and for my nest I yearn, the memory of your waiting will hasten my return." Enjoy this time with your baby... Precious, precious days.... xxx

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  20. Wow you are so amazingly young to have a daughter graduating from college :.congratulations!

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  21. Hello,
    congratulations for you and your daughter,Your article touched me, you wrote very personal thing, I wish you and your daughter on a new way of life a lot of happiness , health and good luck in your lives. ania

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  22. Hi There,Welcome home daughter!!!You have made your mother extremely proud and happy!!!Have a great time catching up!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  23. Yay! I keep wishing i'd moved home after university, but the decision was live WITH my fiancee or live three hours away from him at the time... and a year later we are looking at houses near my parents!

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  24. Oww hon - what a gorgeous post. Congrats to your beautiful girl. Have a wonderful time together.

    Leah
    x

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  25. Your happiness sings from this post. Sarah x

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  26. congratulations!

    what a beautiful photo


    enjoy her while she's there (said to you both)


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  27. A beautiful photo of both of you. I know your pain, I am missing my son something fierce. I woke up at 4:40 this morning thinking about him and I could not get back to sleep. Your daughter is starting another new chapter in her life, congrats to all of you.
    Meredith

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  28. tear in my eyes,laugh in my lips,you'r daughter is beautiful,I know how you feel right now,I'm happy for all of you.congrats to you & you'r daughter.xo.zohreh

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  29. Oh happy day!!! What a proud Mama you are! That's a great picture of you two. You guys are going to have a great summer! Enjoy every minute: )

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  30. My daughter is leaving next year so I can imagine all the emotions you are experiencing.

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  31. Your love for your daughter positively SHINES in this post and the photo of the two of you :) I'm lucky to have my daughter only an hour's drive away from me for three more years, and she's been home plenty in the first year. What a lovely daughter you have to welcome the idea of canning and hanging with her mom until her next adventure. All the best of luck to you both and big congratulations on her graduation!! Wendy

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  32. What a lovely picture. You look so proud. Both of you!

    My daughter has been studying at UCL London, last year, her graduation day is september 4th in London. We are already looking forward to it because here in Belgium no such thing exits. (she already graduated at her Belgian university but without festivity)

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  33. Congrats to the graduate. We will be taking our oldest to Colorado for college this summer ... and leaving him. Not sure how I am going to handle it all. I cried when he took off with friends for Spring Break in April -- the first time he traveled alone, no chaperones. Definitely a time of adjustment. Have a great weekend. Tammy

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  34. I LOVE that you love that she's coming home. I've been babbling on and on about my daughter coming home and thought people thought I was crazy. Sometimes, love does make us a bit crazy, but in a good way, dontcha think?

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  35. Bought tears to my eyes. I'm so happy for you both, congratulations to your clever beautiful daughter on graduating, it's such a lovely photo.
    I hope you have the best time once she's home again, I'm sure she will love doing all the homely things as much as you.
    I have all this to come.
    Gill xx

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  36. Congratulations to your daughter.You are so lucky to have your daughter back home.My daughter is about to graduate for a second time and there is no sign of her returning.I miss her so much.She visits when she can and I the same.Its hard.All the best to you both.

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  37. Sorry, bit late with my commenting but I have only just stumbled upon your blog??
    Lovely post and a lovely picture. My son is 17 so I am, as you know, going to be going through the same thing that you went through, very soon. Lovely to see that they return.
    Also loving the most epic granny square blanket. I envy your dedication.
    Look forward to reading your stories in the future.
    Emma x

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  38. Congrats to your daughter! This is such a special post, and I am glad she is home again. I am not looking forward to the day my daughter goes to college.

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