My Mama’s Heart
Today is the day! Today is the day my oldest daughter, Avery joins the workforce and the team of Chick-fil-A!
So why am I so. . . emotional?
This isn’t the first job she’s had. In fact, it’s the 3rd, the 4th if you count her assisting me at weddings. However, this is somehow different. The other jobs she had I felt like I could control her environment , protect her from potentially bad situations or mean people.
Her first job was a summer job at a local garden shop. It was a small crew of women. Avery was the youngest at 15 years old. Although she was working with adult women she quickly learned how co-workers can be a bit mean to one another. She learned a lot at that job.
The second job was corralling and caring for little ones in our church nursery. Not easy when you face 20+ children in a single service. But she handle it with grace and patience and truly loved the children.
I’ve realized with this new job, her “real” job, that I cannot control her surroundings as much. That she may encounter cranky customers, rude co-workers or harch managers. I also realize that this is an opportunity for me to hand her over to God. I honestly have no choice. I know this is another event in her life in which I have to let go and trust. Trust the One who made her.
She’s growing up. Gone are the days of pigtails, playdates, stuffed animals and Disney movies. She’s a high school senior now and is rapidly becoming a young woman. However, my mama’s heart will forever see her as my little girl, my first born baby.