In a few days, I will be leaving Margaret in Lookout Mountain, TN. She will, most likely, never live with us again. Yet, I am not sad about this at all!
She is an amazing young woman. Her life has not been perfect; she has had to deal with some very ugly things in her 18 years. But she knows and loves the One who is Perfect. She is kind, compassionate, mature, able, smart and fun. She will quickly make friends and she will, as always, be a good friend to those she meets. She has dealt with ugly and painful things with grace and faith. I am confident that she will continue to do so.
I have heard others say how they are so sad when their child leaves home for college or career. Perhaps because I have experienced the death of my son, I don’t understand those who “grieve” when their adult child moves on to… well … adulthood.
For years my husband has told me that their job was to grow up and not need us anymore. And it is our job to help them.
I rejoice when one of my children is ready to fly, to leave our nest. When I know they have the tools they need to be successful and to “make it” in the world, I am glad to see them move on to the next stage of life. And so it is with Margaret. She is ready. She has the tools. She is able to do this.
And she is moving next door to her big sister. I am really okay with that!