Last August, I came up with a little idea. I’d write a short message to my senior girl each week, find or take a photo, and at the end of the year compile them into one special little book. I blogged about it back in June, but wanted to remind you parents out there, the ones who are trying to fathom how in God’s name you have a child who is going to be a senior already, that this is a little project you just might have some fun doing.
Maybe fun isn’t the right term, unless you call trying to proof for typos through tears fun. But there I go again, getting all sentimental.
Fun fact: I gave Aidan this book right after her graduation in June. She just looked at it last week. I know what you’re might be thinking, “Didn’t that make you feel badly? That she didn’t even look at it until now?”
My answer: No! Okay, maybe a teensy little bit.
But the way I figured it, when she’s ready to read it, she’ll read it. While this transition into college is not really about me (surprise!), this book most definitely included me and how I feel about this remarkable young woman.
Last week I happened to walk in while she was looking through the book. I smiled and walked out. I didn’t want to make some emotional scene. In fact, that’s pretty much my Number One objective right now. Do not make a scene.
Later, I asked her two questions: One, did she like it and two, had she had time to read through it.
She quickly answered, “No.”
Wait, no, you didn’t like it, or no, you hadn’t had time to read through it?
Quick as a flash, she said, “No, I hated it.”
I guess you had to be there but it was a really funny response from a really clever girl.
You can create your own simple album of messages, or you can use my template set as your base. I used Artifact Uprising to create my final book.
I have a feeling anything you create would be special. I know that Aidan will look back on this album some day and smile, all jokes aside.
Good luck, parents of seniors. Soak it all in.