My one and only Savannah officially flies away from my nest today. It will be a coming and going thing. I have to believe that, or it would be too much, all at once. This intense, sweet and gentle soul has traveled an, at times, exquisitely painful path through her young adulthood. Her courage in the face of horror, her emotional strength and her capacity for forgiveness, have amazed and inspired me. The scars of her wounds have not diminished her. Her beautiful self is all enveloping. Her creativity, spellbinding. She is at once crumbling and strong, tender and vulnerable and forging ahead.
Savannah taught me from the beginning, to love someone you must be with them in the sadness - without attempting to distract from it or vanquish it. To hold another person, and simply allow them feel their agony - to feel the things they must feel, is perhaps the most difficult part of loving someone, especially your own child.
I love this child with all my heart. I am honored to share this lifetime with her. I will be her champion for all of her life.
For now I wrap a blanket of my love and protection, never-ending, around her and send her on her way.