Tuesday, June 1, 2010

moonlight farewell

the orchestra serenaded us with 'moonlight sonata', the soft glow
of candlelight winked at us, and the delicate pink dogwood
branches bowed to us from tall crystal vases.

excited conversation peppered the ballroom like champagne
bubbles, for this was a joyous occasion celebrating the season's
young debutantes.  the two most precious ones belonged to us.



my brother in law bemoaned the fleeting childhood of our daughters,
and i took a sip of water to give myself a moment to blink back hot
tears.  one minute, we are their world, and the next, the world is their
oyster. . . and we are just the sand.

having passed through this valley four times before, though, i tried to
comfort us both with the knowledge that while the pulling away is
painful, it makes the reunion sweeter.

love,
lea

"do not hide your face from me when i am in distress."
psalm 102:2

38 comments:

Single and Sane said...

As I've watch friends' children grow up and leave home in the blink of an eye, I always wonder if parents realize how quickly the time goes by. Clearly, you do. It seemed a lot slower when we were the ones growing up.

Sigh.

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

awww... you made me teary! what a bittersweet thing growing up is! i know in just a few days i'll be holding my sage for the 1st time and before i know it, her daddy will be walking her down the aisle! what a reminder to cherish every moment!

Sonja said...

PRECIOUS... and the girls are just beautiful! I am not "throwing out my principles and shouting that desperately".. they are truly lovely! :)

oh how quickly go those years!!

Hugs Lea! There's still so much ahead...

Packrat said...

Beautiful girls. So quickly the little one grow up and leave.

Southern Lady said...

Wow, the girls are beautiful! I know exactly how you feel. Carla

vivek said...

Yeah , re-union is always ..a wow factor ..so its nice to see ..you having a gr8 time ..enjoy ..

You have got such a pure soul

God bless you .. :)

have a gr8 time ahead

Girl Meets Paris said...

This post made me cry... so sweet!

Anonymous said...

Boy, what a day to read this entry. I have missed my sweet #3 daughter so much. She and her husband are 3rd year medicial students in Loma Linda, Calif. I have longed for her all day long with tears. The Lord in His sweet comfort must have touched her heart and she sent me a pic of her showing me her stomach. She is 6 months pregnant. My grandson is growing and it reminded me of joyeous times ahead. Annie

Terra said...

Your daughters are lovely, and yes, you were celebrating a momentous event, as they move forward in their lives and you remain "the sand".

Vee said...

Lovely girls! Gosh you have a wonderful way with words, but I'm sure that your daughter would not describe you as mere "sand." :D All parents soon learn how fleeting time is and if one's children's childhood flies away, you can imagine how quickly one's grandchildren grow. My grandmother says that an entire century went by in a flash.

Now which is your daughter and which is your niece? Not telling? I think that the gal on the right is your daughter because I think she looks most like you, but I am often wrong on such things.

myletterstoemily said...

vee, the brunette is my daughter, but
the blonde is my niece.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Such beautiful young ladies --congratulations to them on their special day!
Time does seem to pass through the hour glass more quickly these days ..carpe diem.

Town and Country Mom said...

Lovely post. Beautiful young ladies. I know the bittersweetness you are tasting; my first graduates tomorrow.

Brittany Ann said...

They are so innocent and beautiful!

Growing up really does happen before we know it!

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

My son is going to be 5 this weekend, I can only imagine that it just gets worse as they get older. What lovely girls, would love to see more pics from the evening.

I Wonder Wye said...

Seems yesterday I was the deb! Life goes by in the blink of an eye...the girls are gorgeous!

Thestrawberrymallard said...

Oh Lea....what a beautiful moment, filled with beautiful children...I mean young women!
Hugz, Nancy

Susan B said...

Your daughters are beautiful! Our children do grow up quickly...a very sweet post.

Rosie said...

You sweet Lea, have such a talent for painting these masterpieces with your elegant words.
Your babies are all grown up...and how beautiful they are...how excited you must be, to see what God has planned for each of them, as they enter the next chapter in their life. You must be so very proud...congratulation mama...

Know you are in my prayers... ...xoxo...Rosie

KathyB. said...

They are both so beautiful, and young! Time flies so swiftly by and one day they will be expressing the same sentiments you have here. But not yet, not now~ they are rushing forward to experience life as young adults. And to be your friends as well as your beloved daughters.

Joan Elizabeth said...

As an aunt I have taken delight in watching the young ones blossom into adulthood ... though I've not had to experience the jolt this entails for the parent.

trish said...

Good Morning.
You may want to drop by my blog this morning ... wink wink!
Sincerely ~ Tricia

Mountain Mama said...

Looks like a wonderful evening. Your daughters are beautiful. Definitely need to see more pics of the occasion.

Very sweet post.

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

The girls are beautiful...children grow up so fast...and it's beautiful that you cherish each moment.

Privet and Holly said...

Oh, Lea, I'm on the cusp of this, myself. Three more years with my precious daughter and then I must release her to her own life....one that will include me, on the periphery, but not at it's center. I hope to do it with as much grace as you have! Gorgeous girls, by the way! xx Suzanne

Rosie said...

Oh, I am so relieved, to hear this bit of news. He is so good!

You have now pulled into the lead, with the mustard comment...as I mention to Becky...Reading the fine print is always important {winner receives a LIFE supply of "PORK EUPHORIA"...} We can always hope for another poor soul to play ;D
Sending a HUGE hug your way, love Rosie

Packrat said...

PS: Thank you for your kind comments. :)

Missing Goat said...

I got teary eyed last week when I signed my two year old up for pre-school. I'll be a mess when they hit this stage.

Deborah Ann said...

HOLY COW you have a way with words! The gorgeous girls were just the icing on the cake. I pray to God you're working on a book, I'll be your first customer...

myletterstoemily said...

sweet annie,

i know how much you miss #3 girl!

we can't wait to see her darling tummy
and hug your first grandson.

soooo much fun ahead.

"she can laugh at the days to come!"
proverbs 31: 25b

Together We Save said...

Wow - what a powerful quote it is so true I am the sand in my daughters lives.... I just wish they could realize what that truely means.

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

What beautiful, beautiful young ladies!

"one minute, we are their world, and the next, the world is their
oyster. . . and we are just the sand."

Yes, you have a magical way with words, my Dear.

christy rose said...

Every word so true!! I am trying to hold on to every minute I have with my kids because I know they will be gone so quickly. Your girls are just absolutely beautiful!!

Iva said...

awwwww! so cute!

Vee said...

Well! Wrong again! Me, not you. Obviously, you know which one is your daughter. ;> Perhaps I can remember this because my daughter is the brunette and my niece is the blonde. Oops. The other niece is a brunette. Okay, I won't be remembering that because I'm already mixed up.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Gorgeous girls! so much sweet memories to share and how wonderful that memories are forever there for you to bring back...What a very wonderful photo of these two beauties :o)

Blessings & Aloha!

Auntie Cake said...

Such beautiful girls. It looks like they had a wonderful time growing up together. What a wonderful relationship!

I have been sad for the last month that my daughter is going to be a senior next year. She is totally ready for it. Her dad and I are not.

Congrats to both girls on the big day!
Kate

For The Love of Old Books said...

Your girls are beautiful. It is such a mixed emotion to be proud that your daughters are independent and ready to face the world. Yet, at the same time wouldn't we just love the little girl versions of them to run in the door after playing outside.

The reunion is the sweetest though. I gave my daughter a card for her birthday that said "I miss the little girl that I once knew, but then again if she came through the door, I would miss the young woman you have become."

Karen