Well, did I have a pity party there, or what?
I DO feel abandoned.
I DO wish they’d call.
I DO wish they weren’t so pointed in their disdain.
I DIDN’T hover.
I DIDN’T overprotect.
I DIDN’T abuse or hurt or ignore.
I DIDN’T bully.
I DID bake my fair share of cookies for bake sales.
I DID allow our fair share of crazy kid parties.
I DID enjoy seeing their friends.
I DID allow independence and freedom.
I DID encourage decision-making.
I DID allow them to endure the consequences of their actions.
I DID offer advice.
I DID keep quiet.
I DID sometimes worry when I did!
I DID think our family was special.
I AM confident.
I AM confident I’m not perfect!
I AM confident I tried always to make the best decisions.
I AM NOT going to wallow in my sadness.
I AM NOT .
I AM NOT going to lose hope.
I AM NOT going to give up!
And now. I think I SHALL sip some lemonade and get back to work!