I got home on Sunday. Papa held down the crazy fort while I traveled with my mom to New Mexico. Livy and her friend (the more adventurous long-road trip, camping type) met us there. I was giddy with excitement and pride, and I
Sunny, our oldest child, graduated from nursing school. She officially got pinned! (A nurse pinning ceremony is a tradition to signify that completion of a nursing program. Like a graduation.)
So anyway, yeah, I'm getting older, and I'm still parenting young children, (and old children too) but it all works out. I like the confidence that over 20 years of parenting has brought, confidence to know that even when I'm trying my best, usually I'm doing great. Even so I will mess up, plenty, but I can admit it, learn from my mistakes and try to be a better mom because of it. And that will be enough. That's all I ask of my children after all.
So, Sunny, let me assure you, that you WILL pass your boards, (hopefully even on the first try, but if you don't that's okay too.) and you will be a wonderful nurse. You have it in you already. You always did! You will mess up. You will forget. You will be late, get hollered at, thrown up on and get someone else's poop on your hands. But you will grow and learn from your mistakes and your experiences. You will find a better and more efficient way. You will be someone's hope as they hold your hand searching for comfort. You will have the skills to ease pain and share compassion without pity. You will have the greatest privilege to see new life come into the world and see other lives leave. You'll learn what really matters and what doesn't. You will eventually lead others, and learn when it is more important to follow. And trying your hardest, even when you fall short, will be enough, more than enough actually.
And you will always be one of my greatest sources of pride.