Yesterday, the Twincesses celebrated Valentine’s Day with a 5th grade classroom party. Students carefully put their valentines in decorated bags and ate way too much sugar for their own good. It was wonderful! This was probably their last official Valentine’s Day party at school, since I'm thinking they won't have a Valentine's Day party in middle school.
Tonight we are going to an orientation meeting for Middle School Registration. My big girls get to choose their classes and are eager to see their new school. It’s so hard for me to imagine. Middle School.
And then there's my new line item expense in the budget, the orthodontist. So many signs of growing up and many more to come in the future. I don't even want to think about high school and college and dating. Oh my goodness.
When the girls were younger, it was often overwhelming to have twins. Two little people walking in two different directions, two little people to take on every errand to the dry cleaner or grocery store, and two little people who both wanted to be held at the same time, even when they weighed 40 pounds a piece. Even on my most harried day, I always remembered my mother's words, "Treasure your time with them; they won't be your babies forever." She was and is still 100% correct.
Even though they'll always be my little girls in my mind, I know that it's time to let them continue to grow and flourish. Every experience with them is special and not only allows me to spend time with them, it's an opportunity for me to help them to grow into the kind of young ladies I want them to become. I hope that people will view my daughters as girls who are kind, empathetic, articulate, and culturally literate. And if their taste in style remains on the preppy slanted side of the fashion scale, well, that's just an added bonus. Ha!
Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez beautifully sums up how I feel with his quote in Spanish, "No llores porque ya se terminó... sonríe, porque sucedió." The quote, "Don't cry because it has ended...smile, because it happened," comes from his famous 13 Lines For Living Your Life.
Every moment of the girls' lives has touched me in such a special way. Although it's hard for me to see them leaving smocked dresses and sweet nuances of speech behind them, I know that I will always treasure these moments...as much as I'll treasure the things that are yet to come. It's not a time to be sad; it's a time to be happy for the wonderful memories I hold in my heart.