When my husband leaves for work my daughter usually jumps in bed with me until we both wake up to begin our day.  She is 10 and I never once considered telling her she is old enough to stay in her own bed because for 1 hour before each day starts I am allowed to hold and hug my daughter as she sleeps comfortably in my arms.

I will miss this the most when she leaves for college (or whatever great endeavor she will embark on).  In these moments, I feel strong because I am her protector.  But my worry sometimes ruins these beautiful moments.  Here is how reality met my worried brain this morning.


“I love you, have a good day and drive safe!” my husband and I have a ritual every morning.  I always say the same thing and I mostly always mean it. I remember my mom…

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