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My daughter turned 18-years-old today. I keep saying that same sentence over and over in my head. Not only is it difficult to accept that my oldest child is not much of a child any longer but it has been a battle of mixed emotions on the inside. Proud of her accomplishments and the young lady she has grown to become, yet sad that her childhood is coming to a halt. Excited for her future and to see what she conquers during adulthood, yet longing for the days when she fit snug in my lap and barely could mumble the name momma.
Today is a day of celebration and of reflection. Reminiscing on the last 18 years… I was a young mother when I had T. Just a teen myself. She opened my eyes to so many possibilities. I grew up much faster than a typical teenager since I was on a mission to provide her with a life that she would want to celebrate. In many areas we grew together. She challenged me to be a better person.
From early on I wanted to experience as much in life with T by my side as I could. From traveling overseas to going on local camping trips. From binge watching our favorite TV shows to attending conventions immersing ourselves into the fandom world. From taking her to her very first live concert put on by Disney Radio as a child to watching her leave the house to attend a concert with a teenage friend on her own. From buckling her into her baby carrier and strapping her into the backseat of my first vehicle to handing her the keys to her own car.
There has been plenty of opportunities throughout the last 18 years for us to go get lost together.
As a teenager I thought I knew everything. I thought I knew who I wanted to be in the future. Who I was at that moment. But I didn’t. Watching T grow has changed who I am. Her eagerness to explore the world and her excitement in all things – makes me smile. I have never met someone that is as enthusiastic about life as T is. I have never seen someone shake from being giddy in the way she does. It’s thrilling to witness.
Watching her grow up to be a wonderful big sister. Responsible, helpful and protective. Playful and silly. Fun and full of love.
Making our own statements in life together. Declaring Gelato as its own food group while visiting Italy. We ate it at least three times a day with no guilt.
One of the many ways that T and I bond is over our love of entertainment. Reading some of the same novels, watching the same television shows and catching as many flicks at the theater as possible. We cannot wait to see Paper Towns this weekend.
Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green (“The Fault in Our Stars”), PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears–leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship–and true love.
Starring: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Halston Sage, Justice Smith
Directed by: Jake Schreier
Screenplay By: Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, based upon the book by John Green
Beyond being mother and daughter – we are friends. This film showcases true friendship and love. Since it is rated PG-13 T and I are taking Gabby with us for a mother/daughters day. Gabby is looking forward to seeing this film just as much as we are. T is also a big fan of John Green and has read The Fault in Our Stars. We love a good mystery and love having fun with our friends and family. Everything this movie, Paper Towns, offers.
Paper Towns opened in theaters today! Head to your local theater to see this coming-of-age story and go on an adventure.
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Which person in your life wakes you up to new possibilities? If you could go get lost with someone, which person would you run away with?