Thursday, April 29, 2010

New Experiences, New Freedom, New Friends... COLLEGE!

My youngest daughter (4 and 1/2 years old) and I had a conversation the other day,about how she will be making a huge move to a new "big kid" room at her preschool.  I gave her my most pathetic sad face and asked her to stop growing up.  Seriously... I am not kidding.... I really REALLY want her to stop growing.  She responded to me in her most mature 4 year old voice saying, "Mom, I just wish you would not say that to me anymore. It is just too hard not to grow. I tried, but I keep growing. I will live with you forever though.  Well, only if I can have a big Poodle and a Chihuahua." I want to freeze her just as she is.  I could keep her as a 4 year old chatty, silly, inquisitive little girl forever!  But... reality is that she is growing up.  Before I know it, she will be graduating from high school and growing up just like Becca.

I met Becca's mom about 12 years ago.  When we met, she showed me a photo of her son and daughter.  Her daughter was probably about the same age as my little one is now, and cute as can be.  I had not seen any images or Becca since that day 12 years ago.  When she showed up for her senior session, I was in shock!

Where was that little girl that I saw in that photo?  Wasn't it just yesterday that I saw that photo?  Becca changed from that adorable little girl into a beautiful senior in high school in the blink of an eye. (Make sure you click on any of the photos for a larger view!)

She is just weeks away from graduating and starting this new great adventure in life... COLLEGE!

When we were talking about college and living on campus, I started getting excited for her. I can clearly remember getting ready to go to college... new friends, new experiences, new freedom.... and so much fun!

It was great to spend the afternoon with Becca.  I had fun learning about her, who she is and what sorts of things are special to her in her life.

By the way, did you notice her eyes yet????  Aren't they amazing?!   Even in black and white, they are just stunning!

Becca, good luck to you and congratulations on your graduation!  I was honored to spend the afternoon with you and I wish you the best of luck next year at college!  Enjoy it and have fun!

1 comment:

Katherine said...

I wish I had senior pictures that looked like this!
And I know exactly what you mean about stopping time!