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Friends

Best friends are the people in your life that make you laugh louder, smile brighter and live better. - Unknown.

Best friends are the people in your life that make you laugh louder, smile brighter and live better. – Unknown.

This Friday marked my elder daughter’s prom. Although not how she had been dreaming it would play out (thanks to the recent break-up of her 3.5-year relationship), she enjoyed a lovely pre-prom event that even welcomed parents (thanks, Ally!), her official school banquet and then a kickass pool party at a friend’s house till the wee hours. She’s a lucky girl to have such a great group of friends with whom to celebrate the end of high school, all their hard work and achievements, and years spent together.

Now, just a few days left of exams and their high school careers will be over. They’ll soon scatter around the country for the next phase of their young lives.

I was recently speaking with a good friend whose son is going into second-year university in the fall, and she said that university doesn’t represent the end of you “parenting” your (adult) child, because they will continue have plenty to learn from you, and will miss you, too. That’s comforting, but I’m still a bit misty. That said, I’m so excited to find out what all these kids will go forward and do.


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Broken Hearts

First love. Together for over 3 years, my daughter and her boyfriend are now going their separate ways.

First love. Together for over 3 years, my daughter and her boyfriend are now going their separate ways.

Oy. A broken heart.

Give me backs to rub while kids are sick, little knees to apply Band-Aids to, imagined boo-boos to kiss, over my child’s heartache any day. The sting of rejection and the loss of love can’t be helped by Mom, no matter how much Mom wishes it could.

Although my 18yo felt the impending doom looming for a while, the pain she feels after her boyfriend of 3 1/2 years broke up with her is huge. They had been together since she was in grade 9. He is a great guy, and we will miss him. Our family grew to love him over the past few years.

Less than two weeks before prom, and right before exams, through tears he told her that he would not be able to handle her being so far away in September and that it would be better for them both if he ended it now. This won’t be easy for either of them.

Lump in throat.