Many years, including this one, on this day many people celebrate the first day of autumn, a time of dramatic seasonal change. For me, however, this day has a far greater significance. On September 22, nineteen years ago, I became a mom, a time of dramatic personal change. Being Kimi’s Mom has been amazing, challenging, and deeply satisfying, and I have absolutely changed for the better for having had my daughter in my life.
For the fifth year in a row Kimi is away on her birthday. She spends each one in VT at Not Back to School Camp. This is year is especially important to her because it is her last – she’s graduating, and yes, there is a poignant significance and associated responsibilities attached to that word for camp graduates. Interestingly, if she had been in public school she would have graduated this year, too.
I see her as she is today – an intelligent and capable young woman, influenced by the many experiences, adventures, and relationships she’s encountered these 19 years. I hope that I can continue to be someone she relies upon for guidance, for friendship, and for any support I can give to her that helps her live her life well. I hope that her graduation is the beginning of her own transition period filled with exciting new opportunities, new friends and continued friendships, and adventures she will never want to forget, and I am so grateful that she wants to share her life with me and include me in her fun.
Happy birthday, Kimi! I love you more than words can say!