Last week, Jenna and I went to get our nails done, and the technician asked her if I was her older sister.
(Hey, stop laughing…)
Normally, I would think she said that to secure a fantastic tip. However, people have noted how much we look and act alike since the day she was born. I consider it a high compliment because Jenna is beautiful and brilliant and funny and amazing – and if she gets any of those qualities from me – well, you’re welcome. 😉
She brings such joy everywhere she goes with her positive attitude, quick wit, kind heart, contagious laugh and gorgeous smile. Her empathy for others and passion for making the world a better place might be what makes me most proud. This is something I have tried to model for both of our kids since day one.
And while I have tons of stories to share about when she was little – like how she has always been a night owl, the temper tantrum over the merry-go-round and that she was “a biter” in preschool – the memories we make now are just as special. Sometimes, I miss those days, but there is something to be said for being able to watch her mature and figure things out for herself. She doesn’t need me as much as she used to, but, of course, I’m only a phone call away when she does.
As a junior in college on her way to earning a liberal arts degree, she is unsure where her career path will lead. When I was her age, I had the same worries, but I have all the confidence that she will succeed in whatever comes next. She has already made her dad and me proud.
Happy 21st birthday, Jenna! Thank you for teaching me how to be a mom, putting up with my “mom fails” and taking in the best of what I have to offer. Thanks for teaching me about eye makeup and Instagram, being so open about your life and trusting me with your stories, and being the best daughter a mom could ever hope for.
I can’t wait to buy you a drink next time we see you and toast to your fabulousness in person. Love you lots.