Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Anyone got a Time Machine I can Borrow?

Today, Ciera took another step toward becoming a teenager while I took one more step toward an early grave.

After 3 years of fighting it, I finally agreed she could go away to church camp for the next 5 days. Mind you, I called the Youth Pastor and asked him 349 questions and requested back ground checks, tax returns, and any late fees to Blockbuster for any and all adults who would be in contact with my baby girl over the next 120 hours. And by God if I don't get 'em I'm driving to that camp and dragging my little girl back home as fast as I can.

Before you think I'm being the typical over protective Dad, this is the first time she's ever been gone for more than a night without her Mom or myself being with her. To put it in perspective, this is like a Daddy Eagle lifting his child up, flying over the Grand Canyon, and letting go.

At least it feels that way.

Why didn't anyone tell me it would hurt this much to see my daughter, the one who has always lit up like a Christmas Tree when I hit the front door every night, willingly leave me for 5 days without so much as a backwards glance as she left?

There is no way on earth I'm going to handle watching her get married someday without completely losing it.

Boston came back and beat the Orioles today, scoring 4 in the 9th and the winning run in the 11th. If not for that bit of good news I'm pretty sure I'd be in the downstairs bathroom crying myself to sleep.

Whoever it was that told me years ago that I would have less stress once my children grew up is a complete idiot.


Stacy said...

It never gets any easier; every step they take growing up takes a little piece of your heart.

I'm having some issues myself, but I know Jared is ready and it's the right thing to do.

But it still hurts. :(

Tree Newt said...

Bro, I'm feeling ya. Not looking forward to it myself. Hang in there. You'll make it.

HorshamScouse said...

You have to stop writing stuff like that Ted. Getting dusty down here.

Hope you survive the separation as well as Ciera certainly will.

Ted D said...

Stacy, I can't imagine what you guys are dealing with; one graduating High School and another going to middle School. This is hard enough.

Mattie, you've got a while; just enjoy 'em while they are little.

Sorry John. Sometimes I just gotta get it out; And I'm relatively sure she'll deal with it a lot better than I will. Stay well, buddy.