When your kids grow up there are tears of happiness and sadness. People have written books on how to handle this time as parents and it ain't no joke. I'm going through it right now with our oldest. It's been an opportunity for real growth on my part.
One of the best things about a child becoming an adult is seeing them do things independently, all on their own. My daughter did this, as well as show me where her heart is, when she surprised me with the sweetest gift, a silhouette of our family. A silhouette is a dark shape and outline of someone or something visible against a lighter background. Prior to the advent of photography, silhouette profiles cut from black card were the cheapest way of recording a person's appearance.
How thankful I am to have actual photographs of my children. As they grow and change I really appreciate being able to step back in time and see their chubby hands and tiny frames. There are many mothers around the world who will never get that opportunity. For them memories will have to hold the image of their precious babies. Putting things into perspective, there are more important necessities than photos, like clean water and immunizations. Still, those of us who have our photo albums and computers full of the early years of our little ones, should be grateful. Let's be deeply appreciative of each snapshot from the past. And let's look forward to the future which holds our children's independence and autonomy. It's theirs to own. Part of the job of motherhood is to sit back and watch them walk into adulthood. It's ok to have some sadness along with happiness. Let's just do it with grace.