Chrissy is preparing to fly the nest, spread her wings and
practice being a grown up in the next few weeks.
I've keep thinking I should be telling her things and giving her advice,
but I realised that I have spent the last 19 years preparing her for this.
My parenting philosophy can be summed up in this:
"Preparing for Independence"
and so the best I can I've taught Chrissy the skills she needs in the big wide world.
Here's ten skills that she has that I hope will help her as she goes and grows...
1. She knows how to cook, and
2. how to do the washing,
3. she knows what a balanced diet is, and how
4. exercise is important.
5. She knows how to be a good friend and
6. how to work hard.
(She's not so flashing at the picking up after herself side but hey, she'll learn)
7. She knows how to make do with what you have and
8. how to make your home look loved.
9. She knows where her true strength lies and has a good support network.
10. She knows how to keep herself safe and how to ask for help if she needs it.
So what she really needed was some treasures from home to take with her,
my favourite pincushion and rotary cutter and some sewing essentials.
She has a stack of new fabric to cut up and plans to make herself a new quilt.
Just like her new life (just a few blocks from home)
which she will snip and cut to shape around her,
knowing full well we are there if she needs us.
She's taking with her this pile of quilts that I've made her over the years,
all made with love and care, with prayers for her sewed into every seam.
We are so excited for her and her new venture.
Isn't it grand??