Wednesday, September 05, 2007



My Daughters

School started last week for my youngest, DQ. She is a junior this year (gasp!) and has joined band for the very first time, playing the trumpet. She took about five trumpet lessons this summer, and picked it up fairly quickly (she took piano and violin lessons for several years, so she is musically inclined). While practices can be grueling, she absolutely loves the experiences this activity has provided -and I wish she would have started when she was a freshman! She will be going to Disney in Florida the day after Christmas this year for a week.

She has matured so much over the summer. She has become more outgoing, more vocal and expressive about issues and her life, and she smiles a lot more. At long last, I think she is healing from her negative experiences when she was in 7th and 8th grade. Last year was difficult for her, too, when her older sister was away at college - DQ was worried about TP, and had difficulty in many areas as a result of that anxiety and concern. She watched as her older sister went through many difficult experiences, and felt helpless when she wanted to reach out to prevent TP from getting hurt. DQ is turning into quite a sensitive yet sensible young lady, with a beautiful smile and a big heart and a desire to write the next most famous American novel!

TP is waiting for her sophomore year of college to start. It seems strange to think that a year ago at this time, I was saying "goodbye" to her as she headed out the door to live on a campus about twenty miles from here. This year, she'll be living at home while she starts up at a new college where she'll work on a 3 year accelerated BSN program. Some of her credits transferred, so it won't take her quite the full 3 years - she was able to shave off one semester. She's been working hard this summer to earn money, and she's been spending a lot of time with the new man in her life. I see her struggling, still, over the negative effects of her last two boyfriends, who were very abusive and controlling and who hurt her very deeply. They turned her into a young woman who became the total opposite of what she's truly like - she went from being kind and compassionate and spontaneous and loving into being rude and rebellious and selfish and manipulative. They stripped away her self-esteem and replaced it with self-doubt and loathing of herself and an intense dislike of her family and a rejection of her values. Their influence was profoundly felt by all of us, and it left us in fear of what was becoming of our daughter. During and in between the relationships with these two guys, she became so emotionally fragile, and she made some bad choices, and she's still suffering the consequences of those choices. But what I have noticed over the past couple of months is that she is trying to "get back" some of her old personality, even though there is still a lot of anger inside of her left over from the treatment she received from these guys as well as the choices she made. She is only just now beginning to heal - and it makes me just want to cry thinking about all that she has been through. And then, when you factor in the effects that her illness has had on her, it makes me even sadder to realize how scarred her soul must be right now. But, like I said, I see glimmers of hope, I see some of the "old" TP coming back - and I relish those moments when I get a spontaneous hug or an "I love you" from her. At night, sometimes I cry when I think of her pain. Sometimes I get so angry at those guys that I could do some serious damage to them, if you know what I mean. But all I do right now is pray for her - pray that she finds healing in the love surrounding her so that she no longer feels like we have to "prove" to her that she IS loved and loveable, pray that she stays on track with her schooling, pray that her choices are based on her values, and pray that TP will fully find her way back into our warm embraces. We're here for you, babe - and we love you!

8 Comments:

At 1:26 PM, Blogger HeyJules said...

Val, it's so good to hear that DQ and TP are starting off the year feeling better about things. Poor TP. She has to learn that not all men are worth pursuing just because they are pursuing you but she will...especially now that she's learned it the hard way.

 
At 3:12 PM, Blogger JodiTucker said...

How cool (and similar) for DQ to start trumpet as a junior.....so did I back in the day (the 70s!!) and I loved it, too!!......I had a blast in band and all three of my kids have enjoyed music, too.
Music is a gift from God!!

 
At 5:59 PM, Blogger Lori said...

There is definitely that Mama bear instinct when it comes to our children, isn't there? If someone hurt my daughter...it wouldn't be pretty!

I found you through Bonnie's blog and will return.

 
At 10:28 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

Prayers for a smooth school year for both of your lovely girls.

 
At 12:20 PM, Blogger My Kid's Mom said...

Jules: You hit the nail right on the head, my dear!

Jodi - Ever since they were babies, the girls have loved music. Hope your knee is doing better!

Lori - Welcome to my site! I'm very protective - but that comes out of loving them and not wanting to control them. I'll come by and visit you soon!

Sarah - I wish the same for your girls as well. . .

 
At 6:22 PM, Blogger Gina Burgess said...

It really hurts during those soul stretching times, for us and when it happens to our children.

I am praying!

 
At 11:06 PM, Blogger Paula said...

It sounds like both darling young women are on the right track. With you at their side, they can't lose! Hope you had a blessed weekend!

 
At 2:59 PM, Blogger Shawnda said...

Wow, Val. What a powerful post on your girls!! As you were sharing about TP, I couldn't help but think of myself in my hs and first couple of years of college. BUT the Lord has used those experiences to make me who I am today, and I don't doubt He'll heal and do the same for TP! I pray that, and I know you do too!!!! One of the sweet factors in TP's life is that she has a mom who LOVES the Lord, and can continually and consistantly point her to Truth! That is going to serve TP now and later!!!!!

Praising the Lord for all He's doing in your family!

 

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