My Baby is Engaged!

The year was 1980 and we had just brought our newborn daughter home from the hospital. We set up a bassinet in our kitchen sitting area so that I could work on our meals and keep an eye on the baby at the same time. So as the meal would be simmering on the stove or baking in the oven, I often sat next to the bassinet, watching this little marvel sleep.

True confession time! She’d sleep and I’d be sitting there crying. It wasn’t post-partum depression. It was because I was picturing this little girl of ours all grown up someday. I cried because I fiercely wanted to protect her from every hurt she would encounter in the future but knew that I was powerless to do so. I’d look at her tiny little face and think of all the milestones we’d be facing together in the years to come and all the memories we’d create. Memories that I’d tuck away in the back of my mind for that day when she’d be on her own and I’d have to be content to just “remember.” And, oh my, did I cry as I pictured her walking down the aisle someday to meet the young man who would take our place as the center of her universe.

The year is 2007 and my baby is engaged to be married. The bassinet is long gone, there have been a lot of milestones met and memories made since 1980, and God willing, there will be many more to come. And I’m sitting here looking at my daughter’s lovely face and crying as I picture her walking down that aisle. She is marrying a wonderful young man whom we like very much. I’m very excited for both of them. But oh, how those years flew by! And where am I EVER going to tuck all the Kleenex I’ll need in my mother-of-the-Bride dress?


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