I need A Moment…..sorry….

Well things are going to be a little different around the cottage this summer as my oldest daughter left today to spend the summer as a camp counsellor at a Tim Horton’s Children’s Camp on the other side of the country. She is a long way from the cottage tonight.

I am so proud of her that it is hard not to talk about it, but I am also so lonely for her that it is hard to talk about it. Her sister and I took her to the airport today and watched her leave, going bravely through the boarding process like a pro, turning to give us a wave as she passed through the boarding gates. Oh my…my heart was searing as I held back the tears of a babbling idiot father so as to not upset my younger daughter, who I believe was trying to be equally brave. Did ya ever notice that lump that you get in the back of your throat during occasions like that? Where the heck does that come from…I had a lump as big as an egg….a large egg…

However, as hard as it was for me, I know it had to be much worse for her sister, watching her best friend leave for the summer. One thing for sure, this summer at the camp will be a little bit different without her, a big hole is left unfilled while she is away. Although she hasn’t been at the cottage as much in the last couple of years, she has been there some, and her absence this summer is going to be noticed.

That’s life I guess, they grow up and sometimes they go away, sometime far away. I always feel bad for the parents who’s children marry someone and move away, or take a job in another province, state or country. Now I am one. Oh boy…

Last night I sat on the couch with my two daughters, both grown young women now, and they cuddled into my arms and we watched some television. The three of us pretending that we didn’t have to get up at 5:00 in the morning to take one of us to the airport, pretending that we were all 15 years younger, and we were cuddled on the couch, watching cartoons. I touched my oldest girl’s head and remembered that where the thick brown hair is now, it seems it was only yesterday when it was the wispy blonde peachfuzz of a my first born baby girl…..

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2 thoughts on “I need A Moment…..sorry….”

  1. You’re going to make me cry! My granddaughter is going to be 8 this summer, and she’s gotten really tall and slim this year, almost leaving her “little girl” looks behind. They just grow up too fast!

  2. Do they ever…they grow up in the blink of an eye. My little girl is gone, but I guess she will always be my daughter.

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