|Before the big event!|
|Mickey on my lap at my wedding, just before turning 1 year old.|
The moving van, a large U-Haul, was a four seater. It had two front seats and two rear cab seats, which faced inward toward each other behind some tied back cargo netting. Now, if you are any good at math, you will have already figured out that we were one seat short for our cross country journey. In order to remedy this situation, we decided to set a short beach chair on the floor between the two inward facing chairs, thus creating a five seater. No, we did not make Mickey sit on the floor. She was safely secured in her car seat on one of the inward facing seats, behind the black cargo netting. However, given her positioning, her small size (even in the car seat) and the loosely tied cargo netting, presumably available if there was cargo and not people in the rear cab section, the poor little bug could hardly see a thing outside the back cab space, let alone outside the van. For three or four days she rode like this. She didn't complain. She didn't cry (at least not enough for me to remember). She didn't make a fuss. She just went along for the adventure, taking it all in stride. At gas station stops, which were unreasonably long due to a gas tank issue, she "helped" wash windows and chased grasshoppers with her auntie. She even endured crazy hotel stops that had their own little hiccups and a long wait at the Canadian border. She was a mini rock star!
|Pat, Sue, Jessica (little sis), Mickey, me, Mom, and Dad following Mickey's graduation ceremony.|
From a sweet little munchkin of a girl to a lovely young woman, MacKenzie has grown up beautifully. Although, much to my chagrin, I have lived away from her nearly her whole life, I have been deeply impacted and encouraged by Mickey over the years. I am thankful for memories etched in my mind and on my heart. I look forward to hearing Mickey's stories from NDSU and finding out how well she is doing in the adventure of university life. But, I can't deny that I will be sad to say goodbye at the end of the summer, knowing that I won't see her around near as often as I'd like. I will miss getting down with her at Zumba and helping her on occasional school projects. And, family get togethers just won't be the same. But, I've already told her that I'm happy to come have sleep overs in her dorm whenever she wants me to. I'm sure none of her friends will think it's strange that her 40 year old aunt is staying over....after all, it was only a few years ago when I was living in a dorm too, wasn't it?
Congratulations, MacKenzie!! I love you and am so very proud of you. May God guide you every step of the way as you move into your next blink of an eye. And know that I am always here for you if you need an auntie to call on.
(For the longest time, Mickey thought this song was written about her - an old favourite!)