By Dr. Jacqueline Taylor, Ph.D
As my anxiety level begins to increase awaiting my daughter’s 2019 high school graduation, I am excited yet on edge as her upcoming journey becomes a reality. My calmness about the great accomplishment is nerving however, I know God’s plan for her will be very rewarding.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil and give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11
I will be honest enough to say this is an emotional roller-coaster. This experience is possibly easy for many however this is the only opportunity I have to make a lasting impression. Yep, Victoria is an only child and we are truly “attached at the hip” as mother and daughter. Not only am I preparing to celebrate this great accomplishment, but I’m also getting ready for her college departure. I am at peace as well as pleased to know that I was given the role and responsibility to be Victoria’s mother. The day she entered my life my WHOLE WORLD transformed. My desire was to be the best mother I could be in her life. We have encountered obstacles as well as a few hardships but with God’s grace and mercy we survived. I have always considered this responsibility as an honor. There hasn’t been one day of regret when it comes to being the mother, educator, provider, protector, counselor, and spiritual advisor in my daughter life.
As I began to reminisce in the far back portion of my mind, I can vividly see the first time I drove her to daycare and picked her up. Each event after that I can recall various moments where we participated in our in-depth mother and daughter conversations; if she didn’t fall asleep in the car in route home for the day. During those moments depending on the type of day she had or what she learned specifically determined the direction of our conversation. It didn’t matter if we were traveling to school for the day, our church worship service, a swimming competition, monthly family dinners, or just a girl’s day out, we embraced our communication bond. I strongly believe the communication bond that we share helped her develop into the strong young lady she is today. I have watched her overcome challenges in her life that could have taken her out academically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. When she wanted to give up, we would take the time to engage in deep conversation analyzing situations determining its significant impact on her personal perspective and how she could work through it as well as become a powerful influencer.
I believe the struggles she encountered encourages her to embrace the new journey in her life; of becoming a pharmacist. This journey is going to take her over 1,783 miles from home. Allowing her to travel a thousand miles from home is a difficult decision to make on my part but I respect her desire of attending her 1st university of choice and then getting accepted. I admire her drive of overcoming challenges as she strives to support others. Through these challenges she has adopted a profound quote that her father gave her:
“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.”
She has learned how to trust God in all her decision making and live her life through this quote of positivity. I am pleased as well as proud of her growth, independence, and love for others. In addition, I admire her sticktoitiveness as she has learned to live a self-rewarding life. Watching my sweet princess blossom into a self-motivated intelligent young lady paints a vivid image for all to see:
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.