Countdown to the Big Day
I can't believe it's almost here, but my daughter is this close to becoming a teenager. In less than a week, she will turn 13 and in addition to requesting a Facebook account, she'd like to see the 3D version of "Titanic" along with one of her closest friends. Before my daughter was born, I remember seeing the film with my hubby and still remember being in desperate need of tissues because I couldn't stop crying.
This time around though, the tears I'll be shedding during the film won't have anything to do with those star crossed lovers Jack and Rose. Instead, it'll be over the fact that my little girl is no longer a baby. She's a teenager who will be celebrating her Bat Mitzvah this May. She's on her way to becoming a responsible young adult - hosting a book drive as part of her Mitzvah project. She's determined, as she's been working hard to make the middle school softball team. She's independent and headstrong. She's kind and fun loving. She's a budding artist and fashionista. She's super smart and to her dad's chagrin, is also quite a head turner too.
What impresses me most about my daughter is she is one of the most decisive people I have ever known. Becca has a pretty clear vision of what she likes and unlike her mom, sticks to her guns. Together, we've picked the venue - a beach front country club; the gorgeous teal and glitter invitations; her beautiful powder blue satin and organza dress; the beach towel gift for the kids and the surf board that we selected online without either of us speaking to the artist. Becca shared what colors she wanted on the board and how she thought it should look and magically, her direction was completely conveyed to the artist and the sign-in board came out beautiful.
While many moms I know stress out about planning their child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah, for me, it's a challenge that I've whole heartedly embraced. Getting the chance to bond with my daughter as we plan one of the most memorable days of her life has been pure joy for me. I am so proud of all the hard work she's put into her religious school studies, her school work, art projects and sports, and know that while we may have our moments - I feel like this year has brought us closer together. With less than two months to go before her special day, I'm looking forward to seeing my daughter in the spotlight - as she transitions from adolescence to young adulthood. All I know is that I hope I can find some waterproof mascara - something tells me that the tears will be flowing. There's something bittersweet about watching your kids grow up. The same infant I could cradle with one arm now has the world ahead of her. My only hope is that she continues to do the things she loves and never gives up on her dreams.
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