I am truly blessed. Truly. When I am crazy busy with work and traveling and have done absolutely nothing on the house, I have an amazing gaggle of girls who keep the mid-century love going.
On my way home from work today, I got a text from Maeve saying they had a ‘surprise’ for me. Now, as many of you parents may know, a ‘surprise’ from one’s children can be a delight or a disaster. Now that they are older, the delights outnumber the disasters. (Though the disasters still happen, don’t get me wrong.) I would be a liar if I said I had no trepidation about this. I had a long and somewhat disappointing day and really didn’t relish the prospect of a cooking experiment that left me a crusty and floury and oily kitchen. So as a typical parent I ask, ‘What is it?’ to which she cleverly responds, ‘Then it wouldn’t be a surprise.’
I walked in the door and everything seemed in place. The kitchen was relatively clean. No one was crying, though they were all in tons of make-up as they came to hug me. In heels and her graduation dress with her hair in a bee-hive, Maeve motions me over to the computer to share their creations with me.
What can I say? It’s moments like this, as my daughters stand around me giggling and I look at their work, that I know in my marrow why I became a parent. And I also know that these moments have an eventual end, and one coming sooner than I realize as I look at these gorgeous mad women almost all grown up, talented, intelligent, inventive. Appreciation from one’s children is precious and rare. These four ladies will run the world someday, I swear.
(Though as I write this, I listen to one asking the other…’Are you ticklish on your butt?’ Ahhh…parenthood.)
These also remind me of another post of photos with the word ‘Mad’ in it. Biggest difference is that there was no alcohol in the photo shoot with the girls and I think PLENTY in the photos of my grandparents!
Maeve took these photographs and speaks to them with more detail on her blog. Please check it out at Blue Paper Lanterns.