So, today is the last day of my vacation. Tomorrow, Sunday, I’m on my way home, begin work on Monday, and fall back into the basic routine of my everyday life.
But today is one of the most memorable for me. I just completed a vacation where I got uninterrupted time with both my mother and my neice.
I spent 3 days, 2 nights with my mother, who told me stories about she and my father, about their parents, and their grandparents. It was fascinating to learn more about my parents NOT as parents, but as people; as children, teenagers, and young folks; to hear about their lives, growing up, and the history that has influenced who I am. I will share some of these stories as I process them.
I also spent 3 nights, 3 days with my niece, who I feel as close to as a daughter (I imagine). We talked about anything and everything; her children (3 and 1, the darlingist little ladies in the world!!), our family, our relationship, our past, her future…. I am so incredibly proud of her. You see, I had custody of her years ago, during her teenage years. Unfortunately for all of us, we needed to place her in a girls school for a year. We chose a school in Hurricane, UT because of its program to counsel vs. punish… Today, 5 years later, my neice and I went to the school, drove thu Hurricane, and relived that difficult time. The experience feels both like it happened yesterday AND forever ago.
The reason that today was so special for me is because of how much my niece has matured and what a great person she has become. I knew this day would come, I had confidence in her, I believed in her… and today, her plans for herself and her girls, proved to me that the difficult experience we had was all worth it. Its hard to believe that the 2 year old I fell head over heals in love with is now 21, a mother of 2 very happy and healthy girls, and a college student. She amazes me.
I have a few pictures of us, with town of Hurricane, UT behind us (so fitting). What I’ve shared here is a view of Hurricane without us as to not blow my cover. BTW, the pictures of us turned out fabulously – we are absolutely gorgeous!! 🙂