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Monday, March 15, 2010

Happy Birthday, Angel.

Well - My Angel just turned 20 years old. Unfortunately, we didn't get to visit this weekend because everybody is sick. I'm sick. She's sick. Her son is sick. It's so unfair.

She'll be coming to visit next weekend, though, and we'll be going out for a special celebratory dinner. I'm looking forward to it.

She's been on her own now for just over 2 years. She still needs me, though. She calls when the baby is sick. She calls when she's sad or stressed. Even though she's an adult, she still needs parenting and somebody to turn to.

I think one of the biggest misconceptions that parents have is that their job is done when their child turns 18 and moves out. That concept couldn't be more wrong. Even as an adult, making a way in the world, our children need and want us to be involved. We don't stop being parents the day they move out. It's important to continue to be what you've always been - a solid foundation to lean on when times get tough.


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What a lovely post.You've sent a strong message through this post of yours.I hope all parents take a note of all that you've said in the last part of your post.Thanks for sharing all the details.I wish Angel a very happy birthday too.Hope all recovers soon.

The Mind of a Mom said...

I have been out of town so this is the first chance I have had to pop over. Happy birthday to your oldest baby! I hope everyone gets better soon.

Miss ya!