Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Words to Live by :: African Proverb

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I recently received a beautiful gift from my friend Susan over at Windrock Studio. She surprised me with this thoughtful piece that has an African Proverb on it:

Give without remembering and take without forgetting

Truly words to live by, as a friend, a mother or a partner. Recently my daughter went off to college. I took the week off to help her pack up for the big move. Nothing like 17 years flashing before your eyes on a non-stop movie screen. It has been such a pleasure to watch her grow over the years, and to blossom into the amazing person that she is today. And after all you hope for your child, it happens in a flash and you are left standing in the empty room. I am so proud and happy for her, but it will take some time for me to get used to her no longer living at home.

I've had my lovely gift from Susan sitting next to me (right by my beading chair) for the last 2 months as a daily reminder. And now I need to find a permanent home for this perfect gift. How did she know I'd need this one?

22 comments:

Debra SheWhoSeeks said...

I love that quotation -- how perfect and true it is! And good luck to your daughter at college. How well I remember moving away from home to go to university over 40 years ago -- such a big day in anyone's life!

Marcela Gmd said...

And life goes on.... Nice present!!!
Have a good week, dear friend!!!!:)))

Besos, desde EspaƱa, Marcela♥︎

Duni said...

That is a beautiful gift and I love the proverb!
Moving away from home is both exciting and scary...all the best to your daughter at college!!

windrock studio said...

Aww, what a nice surprise to see this piece again and to see the lovely, smiling face of your girl. Maybe you should hang that in the empty room for a bit. xoxo

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

How sweet - I LOVE that saying so very much!!! Been following along with so many beady friends whose children are leaving the nest - most definitely a happy/sad time for you. I wish her all the success in the world!!

Miss Val's Creations said...

That piece is gorgeous! The proverb is definitely one to live by. I hope your daughter really enjoys college. I can't imagine having moved away to school right out of high school. I didn't go away until my last 2 years of college to earn my degree (and was only 45 minutes from home). It is fun feeling that sense of independence and making new friends.

Claudia Aguilar said...

Good luck to your daughter! Hugs to you!

Melissa at bubbyandbean.com said...

Such a great saying! And I'm already worried about Essley going off to college - I know the nest 15.5 years will go by quickly!

LisaS said...

What a lovely and truly unique purse! -Also happy for your daughter, college is such an amazing time :)

Magic Love Crow said...

A very beautiful and special gift! Congrats to your daughter! I wish her so much success! I bet it is so different for you, not having her at home. But, the holidays will soon be here and she will be back! Big Hugs!

Magic Love Crow said...

I forgot to say, I love the African Proverb!!

JoJo said...

That piece Susan gave you is gorgeous and I love the quote! I hope your daughter enjoys herself at college! One of my nieces is having a really hard time adjusting. She's extremely homesick.

Amy S. said...

What a bittersweet day for sure!!! She looks so happy. Hope she is doing will in these first couple weeks!

Natashalh said...

I hope everything goes well for you and your daughter during this transition! I can't believe I started college 12 years ago now. Yikes! Where does time go?

Paula, Chief Bead Officer said...

Such a perfect gift to carry you through those moments when you are really missing your sweet one. It will be interesting to see where your creativity wanders with these new emotions! Hugs!

BeadedTail said...

Lovely gift and quote! I hope your daughter enjoys her college years!

Memories for Life said...

What a great gift!
I hope your daughter has a wonderful time at college! And that you and the family get used to that empty room :)

Christine Altmiller said...

That is the beauty of Susan...she just KNOWS. She has the right words of her own or the right quote of someone else's at just the time you need it. That face in her beautiful wall hanging is lovely.
How are you doing, Mama? It still is all so new and the pockets of quiet and empty announce themselves everywhere. But it is all good stuff ~ even if you don't feel that all the way quite yet.

D. Renee Wilson said...

What a beautiful proverb & gift! May your daughter have her best year yet, and may you get all the extra love you need. ❤️

Anna said...

I remember the bitter sweet feelings when our daughter left for college , a few years ago. It's a very proud time, but also filled with the challenges of letting go and moving on to a new phase of life. Wishing you both a wonderful year ahead!

Splendid Little Stars said...

What a beautiful gift!
so, so difficult to have your precious daughter go away to college. But what an adventure for her! and a beginning of a different kind of relationship. I love the adult relationship I now have with my own daughter.
hugs and lots of happy wishes for the exciting future!

Chelsey said...

That's lovely! I've never heard the proverb before but I truly believe it. Words to live by :)

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