Is It True?

If I had not been in the seat next to her, I would not have believed it. My daughter is now driving; the one I rocked, and sang to, and tickled, and with whom I enjoyed many tea parties, has taken yet another step toward independence. I have to ask again, “Is it true?”

And so it is. The picture proves it all.

I know I sound like my parents or my grandparents when I ask, “How is this possible?”  Various family members and friends have warned me about the fleeting moments, and that this day would be here in a snap. So here it is. Right before my eyes, my little one is no longer little.

While this is a sampling of an imminent greater sadness – a sadness that will come when she takes that final step away from the protection and warmth of the arms of her mother and her father, I have also been filled with a magnificent and overwhelming revelation of pride.

I do not speak of the pride a painter has when he has labored to complete the masterpiece. Nor do I point to the pride a sailor feels when he has rushed his ship headlong into a squall, and emerged from its clutches with his life and his ship. The pride I feel is different. I think it is the pride that a mother duck must feel when she sees a new desire in the eyes of her duckling; it is the desire for independence.

I sit in the passenger seat now as the father duck, proud as can be of a duckling taking her step away. I thank my God for this adventure through which he has led me, and continues to lead me. He promises never to leave nor forsake. For this, I praise His wonderful Name.

2 comments

  1. “Waaaaaaa! Waaaaaa!” quacked Mama Duck.

    However, she eventually consoled herself by remembering how amazingly capable, and incredibly precious, her “baby” duckling was!

  2. BC, this is such a beautifully written reflection of your precious daughter, her past, present, and future. I loved reading this! I’m simply amazed at how well all of your family writes, and you bless us so much by your gift! I love you, and if I could have chosen any son-in-law in the world for CW (now CC), it would have been you! Thank you for loving the Lord, our daughter, your precious children, and all of us!

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