On Thursday night we attended an award's dinner for this girl. Our #1. First born. Oldest.
She is graduating next week but the ceremony was for an award for top of her class in registered nursing. I already told you all that but I just wanted to do a post for her. Sweetie dad and I are so proud of you. You have worked so hard. Youngest ever to be admitted to the program, never taking a semester or break off. You pushed yourself hard and it has shown. Always carrying a full load at the hospital, volunteering and working sometimes two jobs while keeping those grades high. You are awesome. We love you and are so over the moon for your future. We know you will succeed no matter where you land.
Here is this girl her first day of clinical in her stiff blue scrubs. So cute. I think people thought some kid was going to be working on them at the hospital.
This girl was the typical first born. In charge and bossy from day one. She was so head strong and strong willed, that I often wondered what kind of trouble she would be getting into when she grew up. It really worried me. Take a strong willed child and a strong willed mother and you can imagine the battles we had. I was far from the perfect mother with her and just did not know what to do with her sometimes. Her first year of homeschooling, she was always sent to her room for refusing to do her work. Well looking back I would have done a lot of things different but she was my first born and what did I know.
I remember driving to work one day and hearing Dr. Dobson speak on the radio about "The Strong Willed Child." I had a glimmer of hope. He said that often the strong willed child, with good raisin', would turn out to be strong willed for the right things when they grew up. Well ,I am here to tell you, if you have one too, that this is so true. Forever the champion of the underdog, this girl has been such a blessing. When my mother was dying of cancer ten years ago, and you know what that does to a person, she never shied away from her. She was always there for my mom comforting her. She has paved her own way. If she wanted something, she went for it. Never afraid to confront a professor or take on what would make most of us cry. She is indeed strong. She is named after my mother, the strongest woman I know.
Thankfully she has always been a daddy's girl and he has settled many a dispute between us strong willed gals. I always defer to him when we have needed to make decisions for her future. He has been the perfect balance in our parenting.
She is my pride and joy and I just wanted her to know how much we love her and are so very excited for her future. Nursing is not an easy major and she has witnessed some things that I would crumble over but she has found her niche and her strength will be used for good and the health care field will be lucky to have her. I have a new found respect for nurses. Often they are the line between life and death for many patients. I have heard this from my daughter many a time as she has done her clinicals. They are the advocate for the patient who cannot fight for themselves. Congrats baby. Make is so #1.
Time Warp Wife