My daughter returned from a trip on Saturday. She was only gone for a week, so it wasn't a tearful reunion or anything like that, but still, I missed her very much when she was away.
It wasn't just any old trip though, she went to the town of Franklin in Pendleton County, West Virginia. She was there with a group of her schoolmates working on the annual AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon , a Habitat-For-Humanity Project. Her school has been involved with this organization for quite some time, and she was looking forward to going.
This particular project focused on building nine energy efficient attached homes as well as one large mansion-style fifteen unit complex. Apparently Sarah is now quite the expert on caulking windows after having spent a couple of days doing this. This is good to know, as I'm a terrible caulker and always leave a big gooey mess behind.
The first thing we did after she got back was to go to Dairy Queen and have a treat. We talked about her trip over ice-creams. As usual, I took particular delight in snapping her picture as she was about to put food in her mouth. She caught me doing this, but she's used to it by now.
I'm constantly amazed by Sarah and her observations about the world around her. She is maturing and becoming a very confident and compassionate young woman. She enjoys travelling, but not simply for the sake of travelling, she is interested in other people and their circumstances, and is very aware that her actions can make a big difference in this world. I couldn't help but be proud that this young woman sitting in front of me with her green Habitat For Humanity T-shirt was MY daughter.
Sometimes my heart sinks a little when I think that she will be going away to college in September and will not be around to pal around with me, but this, I suppose, is the way it's supposed to be be. When I think of all the great things she will do and the life that she will make for herself, my heart gets lifted back to its rightful place.