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Reunion in Trenton

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.

Comment balloon 9 commentsMalcolm Johnston • May 24 2011 11:54AM


Daddy, letting go is never easy ;). You are certainly raising a wonderful young woman.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) almost 8 years ago

Releasing our little fledglings to the world is a scary task for parents, but it is the way the world works.  There will be a tiny void but only for a short time.  It is a true gift to watch our children become contributing citizens of the world--your daughter is off to a wonderful start and that did not happen by accident--your good parenting is showing!

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 7 years ago

What a cool kid. Let her eat the darn ice-cream Dad.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Thanks Janice, no I guess it's not easy at all.

Thank you Norma, I sure am enjoying watching her being involved in all her activities.

Lol Ellie, she is a cool kid, and I did let her finish.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 7 years ago

Malcolm, What a wonderful experience for your daughter to have.  It's so tough to adjust to an empty nest, but the nice thing as that just like birds migrate, our daughters usually come home for the summer - yay!

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) over 7 years ago

Malcolm, what a great life experience for Sarah to experience.  I am sure you enjoyed her regaling you with stories of her trip.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Sally, she'd better come home in the summer. I would miss her terribly if she didn't.

Chris, yes, I do enjoy listening to her talk about her experiences. I always wonder how she got to be so smart, I wasn't like that when I was 17.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 7 years ago

She is an amazing young lady, having such a great dad is one reason both kids grew up the way they did. I will miss her and Malcolm terribly, and try not to think about september too much. Ottawa and London are not that far away, we will see them often

Posted by SJ over 7 years ago

She is amazing, isn't she. How did we do that? Yes, I'm not thinking about September either, lets just enjoy this summer with them and make it one to remember.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 7 years ago