We went to a graduation party on Saturday. It was for the daughter of one of my favorite people in the whole world. We had an amazing time. It's been a while since I've laughed so hard or smiled so long.
Good friends who have been with you for the long haul are a rare treasure.
After we left and travelled back home I started thinking. We're two years away from having our own graduate. Two years.
I need more time than that. I do.
Eight years ago I wanted to give her back. Now I want to keep her forever.
Two years? When she graduates I will have had her ten years.
Ten amazing, wonderful and abundant years. Ten years that make the thirty years without her seem like a lifetime ago.
I wonder what her post high school years will hold. I wonder what all God has planned.
I look at her now and see unlimited potential. He has equipped her to accomplish whatever He brings her way.
She can do it, too. She's always been able to. It's just that in the beginning, she couldn't see it. In the beginning, I couldn't see it either.
It was buried deep. Very deep. Like center of the Earth deep.
We had to dig through a lot of layers of doubt and fear and hurt. Sometimes she helped get through a layer. Other times she held tight, trying with all her might to keep the layer on.
Underneath we certainly found a treasure, a rare and precious and wonderful gem.
I look at her now and can't believe I'm the one who gets to teach her and guide her and love her.
In two years we will celebrate her high school graduation. I will feel happy and sad and a million other emotions that day. I just know it.
Until then I'll use my time with her well. I'll cheer her on and help her succeed. I'll treasure every hug and kiss. Because all those old folks were right, they certainly do grow up fast.