Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Exactly the Same

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At 5:30 am ,

when Katherine turned to walk away to

enter her corral

for the Chicago Marathon,

I got to time travel,

and she was once again walking away,

pony-tail swinging,

to some childhood milestone.


It may as well have been her  first day of school

for first grade.


My tears were

exactly the same.



It is like they were saved in some safe place

for just such a day.


Archived tears.


So I did what I always did.



I said,

“Katherine?”

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And she turned,

as I took a teary-eyed, wobbly,

blurry, photo

of a

young,

adult

woman,

who knew exactly what she was doing,

and what it would take to do it.

***

19 comments:

ann marie said...

You did your job...you raised an independent young woman ...and she probably has a good idea of what she wants from life. Good for you, and good for her!

Preppy 101 said...

I know exactly how you feel! Fantastic post!! Congrats to all involved! XOXO

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Laura what a wonderful post. So glad you shared this with us.
I know how proud you are of Kathrine and with good reason.
Congrats to her doing such a awesome marathon.
Love
Maggie

jojo said...

she is indeed beautiful and I think her sweet mama may have had something to do with that! Thank Heaven for little girls...

Karen said...

Amazing Katherine... as are her parents and sisters!
I love these pictures... are they blurry on purpose or are those my own tears??
Karen
Ladybug Creek

Deb said...

I know that feeling well Laura...

Cindy said...

This is a beautiful post about a beautiful young woman. Congratulations to Katherine for running a marathon with purpose and to you for raising such a brave, big hearted daughter..

Kelli said...

Love this post! Such a beautiful reminder to always be thankful for having supportive parents behind me no matter what the challenge may be. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

God love her! What an incredible Katherine she is!! I love you too!
JB

Dixie said...

now you've gone and done it...! got me all teary-eyed too!

Jacqueline said...

All us Mum's have those archived tears, don't we. Shedding a few of my own right now, just to keep you company.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I can tell just how proud you are. What a lovely post!

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Laura, reading this made me want to cry. A mother's heart is strong and so fragile at the same time, isn't it? What a beautiful post. Katherine is a strong and beautiful woman with a heart of gold, just like you.

Love you,
Nancy

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Hi Laura! I just stumbled onto your blog and what a great site you have! Love this post!! I am a newbie to blogging and your newest follower. I hope you will follow me, too! God bless you!!

KaReN EiLeeN said...

Practice makes perfect. Reminds me of the saying, "having children is like watching your heart walk around outside of your body."

D.B. said...

lovely

Connie said...

You seem to always find a way to paint a picture so vividly that my heart is sharing the same emotions you feel. And now....my eyes are so darn blurry, I'm having a hard time seeing the screen!! You have a wonderful family ~ and they are blessed beyond words to call you mom & wife!

etphonehome21 said...

Katherine is so amazing. I had tears in my eyes reading this and thought so much about all of y'all this weekend.

Cindy said...

Lovely post! My oldest son
















Lovely post! We have so much to grateful for, don't we?

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