I’m not sure how this happened.

In the last few years I’ve decided that I’m going to remain 14 years old. Yes, the body may age, but in my mind I’m going to stick with the open-minded playfulness of one of my favorite years.

Except for one problem: My daughter just got engaged. How can she do that if I’m only 14?

Life’s transitions are certainly interesting. The minute you get used to one, they pull another one on you. Lauren graduated from college last year, and got her first serious job while contemplating a graduate school program. When I visited her in her office in Chapel Hill, I couldn’t get over the fact that she was sitting at a professional desk, with professional-looking business cards in a professional business card holder. In my mind’s eye, I saw her on her first day at pre-school and wondered what she was doing here.

And now, just as I’m beginning to think of her as the professional she has become, she transitions into a fiancee.

I’m thrilled for her. Her fiance is wonderful and I’m delighted that they found each other. It just seems that this all happened when I turned around for a minute. (Makes me think of that sappy old Mike Douglas tune that was made into a commercial, “Turn Around”. Anyone remember that one?)

Well, I’ll be darned if I’m going to grow up just because she has. 😉

I’ll be mother-of-the-bride, and grandmother and everything else that comes along, but I still insist on being 14.

At least until I turn 15.

7 Responses to "My Daughter’s Engaged"

  1. Liz Strauss

    October 29, 2007

    14. Really? I would choose about 19 I think. 🙂

  2. felicia glantz

    November 1, 2007

    Well, you have found somebody who might believe that you are maybe not 14 but………25…………because……….I simply refuse to believe that your daughter is old enough to be engaged. I too, remember her in preschool. That adorable and sweet little girl. Her smile could melt your heart. How can she be old enough to be working, getting engaged…………..getting married? It doesn’t seem possible.
    I’m amazed but also so happy for your family. I hope that your daughter (and your family) enjoy this very special time.

  3. Susan

    November 1, 2007

    CONGRATULATIONS!! I am delighted for Lauren, and i’m very excited for you! It’s not every mother who, at 14, gets to see her daughter married!

    Please give Lauren my very best wishes!


  4. Helene

    November 1, 2007

    Mazol Tov Sunny:

    We’re so happy for you and Lauren. Once the reality sets in,
    this can be a wonderful sharing time for you both in the planning process.
    I still think I’m a bit older but never have I felt my age. I have this little girl in me that loves life, family and friends, dogs, riding my bike, and sticky apples.


  5. sunny

    November 1, 2007

    Felicia — Yes, we all remember her when. 😉
    I feel so fortunate having had you as school director when the kids were there. You made wonderful things happen!

  6. sunny

    November 1, 2007

    Susan — thanks for the good wishes!
    You’ll have to come sing at her wedding too. 🙂

  7. sunny

    November 1, 2007

    Helene — I like your little girl, too. We’ll have to let them get some sno-balls together next summer!

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