Sunday, May 10, 2015

Best Mother's Day ever!

 This year, my Mother's Day gift was watching my beautiful daughter walk across the stage at the Stevens Center for Performing Arts in Winston Salem, and receiving her very hard earned BFA in Film making. What an amazing day!

 Here we are four years ago on our first visit with her after she started college. We went to Old Salem for the day to get her out of her tiny dorm room and cheer her up. I remember sitting there in that covered barn watching the rain gently fall and struggling as I watched my little girl bravely finding her way in her strange new world.

And here she is now with her new friends/ film graduates and her dad. In the coming years the four of them are going to be working on a documentary together and heading for India. Their world is so full of promise right now!

Her new love. Is there anything sweeter..... I love this young man too, he is her soul mate if ever there was one! So kind, so giving, so patient..... I am so glad they found each other.

Wesley's best friend since day one. Wesley an Saad have comforted each other through many rough days and have shared a house together this year. My little girl with her Pakistan roommate who wore a Jedi robe to his graduation. I just love this photo so much!

Proud dad who went and bought roses for his little girl the day before her graduation and paid for her to go to college and made sure she always had money in her account. He definitely gets the father of the year award!  and now I'm crying for the first time since yesterday.....

So begins their journey together. This morning we all got up at 4am and drove to the airport. Gerry and I put Wesley and Lazarus on a plane headed for L.A. My little girl is staying in North Hollywood this week, has appointments at major film studios, has a package put together to pitch her documentary, and the dean of the film school has arranged meetings with several investors to talk to her about her monk documentary. These two are about to embark on a journey to India to make a film about the plight of the Tibetan monks and hopefully bring awareness and financial support to some of the most gentle and loving people on the planet.
Life seems very surreal all of a sudden!

Wesley and Lazarus made reservations at a great restaurant for lunch and we joined his family for a very special day together. After lunch we went to Reynolda Gardens and walked around enjoying the warm sunshine, the beautiful flowers and plants, and just had a relaxing moment in the garden. This has been a special place for us. Wesley and I would go here for lunch and spend the day together when she just needed a day away, time to talk. This was where she and Lazarus came on their first "date". A place full of memories for both of us. 

The last time I had such an emotional Mother's Day, Gerry and I were in his father's church and she was being held by his father as he prayed for her and blessed her in the church. That was 22 years ago. It was a day when my eyes were filled with tears all day and my heart was bursting with love. Same feeling yesterday.  I watched Lazarus' mom and my heart was full for her as well. I could feel what she was feeling. Her son so far away, knowing soon she would be heading back to the west coast and leaving her son here, that their journey together was ending and a new journey beginning for him. Then having him here last night, seeing him alone in his room while Wes took a shower. Thinking of his family going back home, he seemed so alone at that moment. I just went in and sat on the bed with him and talked. Moms are moms to any child that needs a one at the moment, even if it's not your own child. 

Some times the pain of being a mother seems too much for anyone to bear, but sometimes the joy is almost too much to bear as well. Feeling both at the same time is the hardest of all.  I am so blessed to have this child of mine. She has grown up to be the most wonderful young woman, so in love, so talented, so interesting to know. I adore her. I adore being her mom!

Happy Mother's Day to all of you moms out there!!!!


Dennis Allen said...

Congratulations to your brilliant, talented and accomplished daughter. I think all your friends have enjoyed watching her grow and reading her proud mother's accounts of her progress. We went through this passage with our youngest in 2004. The amazing part is just beginning.

Tracey Broome said...

Thanks Dennis, it has been nice having all of my blogger friends come along on this journey, offering cheers and advise from their own experiences with raising kids, and just a general parent support group haha! ITs all amazing isn't it!!

Michèle Hastings said...

What a wonderful post! Congratulation to everyone. Motherhood is an amazing, joyful, and yes, sometimes difficult job. I wouldn't trade for anything.
Happy Mother's Day!

Tracey Broome said...

So trueMichele, and i know you are far from your girl today, hope you have a good day!

cookingwithgas said...

I can't believe she graduated. I feel it was yesterday the first time I met you both.
You're girl is going to do amazing things.
As they say, you done good.
You and her dad, you done real good.

oldgreymareprimitives said...

ya done good girlfriend, ya done good <3

Tracey Broome said...

Meredith and Suzan: Thanks! Gerry and I worked hard to be good parents, looking like its paid off!

Lori Buff said...

I can’t believe she’s graduated from college already. It seems like she just left home yesterday. You have every right to be a very proud mom.

Tracey Broome said...

Lori, it does seem like it went fast but the again, some of those days seemed like they would never end, haha! She is having a blast in L.A. right now