a Photographic Journey by Meryl


going, going
halfway gone
headed south
oh so strong

scissored arms
scissored legs
moving past me
my own egg

Today I will be driving with my daughter to her new home
in the city where she will be starting her adult life. Quite a milestone
in her life and mine. Half of me wants to hold onto that little girl, the one
who hung onto my leg, who wouldn’t leave my side, who asked question after
question until they became too difficult for me to answer. The other half is mesmerized
by her mind, her beauty, but mostly by her strength and perseverance.
I’m sad, but oh so proud.

go to Phantoms to see more in this series

©Meryl Spiegel 2012–All rights reserved–No reproduction without permission

16 responses

  1. Congratulations and enjoy. I received so much joy out of being a part of helping my daughters set up their own home. You are right, a very exciting moment for both but both experience some conflicting feelings as well.

    September 5, 2012 at 8:16 am

    • Thanks Pat…it is exciting with so many conflicting emotions…good to hear that there’s calm on the other side…xom

      September 5, 2012 at 10:14 am

  2. Yes.. it is us mothers who are crying and holding onto our daughters legs now;) Good luck with the transition, it is reaffirming to see our chldren “fly”!!

    September 5, 2012 at 10:38 am

    • Yes, the worm has turned but can’t let her know it….:)….it’s going well so far….almost there!

      September 5, 2012 at 1:27 pm

  3. Congratulations on these amazing milestones Meryl! Hugs xx Sharon

    September 5, 2012 at 11:07 am

    • Thank you Sharon.. Nice to know that my blog friends aren’t going anywhere…:)

      September 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm

  4. Congratulations with your daughter. It’s definitely going be quite a change, and I do understand your dual emotions. As parents our role changes as our small ones grow bigger. I once heard that our children aren’t ours but only on loan. The hope is that we have taught them enough about life so that they can make it on their own when the times come.

    September 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    • She’s certainly has a running start, but you’re right, I hope she’ll find her way, whatever that is….and me too now that my job is done…thanks for the insightful comment as always, Otto.

      September 5, 2012 at 3:10 pm

  5. I so do understand the emotions… proud and happy they are off to fly — but wondering how it all happened so fast. Seding lots of love and warm wishes for your magnificent daughter on her new beginning ~ pefect image for this post too Meryl! xo Love, RL

    September 5, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    • Thanks Robyn, it is such a mixed pleasure…enjoying her in a new way but both still holding on…..don’t quite believe it yet…xom

      September 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm

  6. I fear the day when my daughters will do the same … Your beautiful words reminded me that the scissors which cut also fashion new lives …

    September 5, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    • Yes, I previously titled this image Scissored so when I chose it for this post, the metaphor seemed apt… enjoy your girls for as long as you can…:-)

      September 5, 2012 at 8:57 pm

  7. An intriguing image! Best of luck to your daughter…

    September 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    • Appreciate the comment and visit..you might like to take a look at others in the Phantom series….

      September 6, 2012 at 8:40 am

  8. Congratulations! They sure grow up fast!

    September 7, 2012 at 9:05 pm

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