Thoughts from a mother’s heart:
Today’s the big move in day at DU (Denver University). Bethany Dianne Kelly is moving in to the dorms there and the campus will never be the same. 🙂 I had a restless night last night – my mind flooded with memories and fighting butterflies in my stomach – the “mom nerves” that come anytime your kids have something big to face.
Rewind 14 years ago – pre-kindergarten at Gesthemane Lutheran School – my tearful little girl had to be dropped off and left with tears streaming down her face and mine. I’d call the school when I got home:
“Yes, Mrs. Kelly, she is still crying, but really, she’ll be okay!”
I had to fight the urge to run and rescue my little girl. It was hard on both of us, but she did adjust, and we did survive. 🙂
Today things are different. My timid, shy, little girl has grown into a beautiful confidant young woman. Her adult life is just beginning and I know that whatever she puts her mind to she will succeed. I am really looking forward to hearing watching this next chapter for her unfold.
This is the second time we’ve gone through this process – with Robbin, the oldest Kelly daughter, it was a bit different, we drove across the country (to New York State) and left her there. With Bethany it’s just about 30 minutes south down I-25, however, it still feels a bit like driving across country because I know this is the end of one chapter in my life and the beginning of a new one. The excitement comes with a bit of meloncholy thoughts as I reflect on that, but overall, I think we’re ready.
Let the new adventures begin! In the spirit of your grandpa Howard who was best described by the word “go”, and who I know is looking down from heaven with pride at his granddaughter – “Go, Bethany, Go! ” In life when someone needs something, go! In life when opportunties are presented for new perspectives – go! In life when God calls you to do something for Him – go! In life always be prepared to GO! Go, Bethany Kelly, go – your life will be enriched by learning to stretch and learning how to GO!
Bethany Dianne – I love you very much and I will forever be your cheerleader in life!!!!