As parents we often think back to stories of when our adult children were younger and we realize we should have seen the writing on the wall!
When my middle daughter, Sydney, was 5 years old we went on a ski trip. I was pregnant with my youngest, so I was holding down the fort while my hubby, his college friend Doug, Alex and Sydney went skiing. They skied literally the entire day. Late in the afternoon the girls seemed to be getting a little tired so my hubby took them into the lodge at the top of the mountain for some snacks. Upon returning to the table he found Sydney sound asleep. He plied her with food and drink and began questioning if she would be able to ski down to the base. Her 5-year-old self assured him she could make it on her own.
So, my hubby and the two girls set out for the long trek down to the base. A few minutes in my hubby skied closer to Sydney and realized that she was crying, but not quitting. She was so exhausted, but she was determined to get down the mountain without help. My hubby scooped her up over his shoulder and skied to the bottom with her.
When they returned to the condo that afternoon Sydney had spiked a fever and was practically delirious. I gave her something to bring the fever down and put her in a cool bath. She immediately fell asleep after dinner and slept for 16 continuous hours. Of course, I continued to wake her to take her temperature throughout the night fearing that she was coming down with something.
Upon waking the next day I asked her how she was feeling and she responded, “Great! Are we going skiing again today?”
We were not skiing, but as luck would have it we did have to go back to the ski resort to pick something up. As we began to drive away Sydney started crying and begging to go ski some more.
The following year Sydney began what would become a very long ski-racing career filled with friends, fun, hard work, dedication and “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.”
After many years on the snow and much deliberation she decided to give it up last year to pursue another passion.
Today, Sydney turns 19 and she is still living her life exactly as she did when she was 5 years old.
She is still determined, living life to the fullest, packing every day with adventure, pursuing her dreams fearlessly, unapologetically, and sometimes if she lets you get close enough you may even see a tear streaming down her face as she moves relentlessly toward her goal.
Today, and everyday I am thankful to have you as my daughter. Thank you for teaching me to live my life to the fullest.
Happy Birthday and may this next year bring you closer to all of the dreams you are chasing.
Lowi & G