IT WAS ALWAYS HER DESTINY TO BE THE NEXT GREATEST IN OUR GENERATION
BY: TAMI HARPER WINN
As the plane disappears into the blue of the afternoon sky I think to myself, “WHAT THE GEEZ DID I JUST DO?” In a panic I realize I have just put my daughter in an airplane with a parachute attached to her back so that she can plummet from 10,000 feet above the Treasure Valley. “WHAT THE HECK WAS I THINKING?” Today the youngest of our generation who is female rose to the next level. How did she get to this place?
Here stood an amazing young woman who was willing to embrace life and live it. Where did she learn that from? Eighteen years ago I was in a hospital bed giving birth to her on this day. Standing beside me was the strongest, bravest woman I’d ever known helping me through it – my mom. Eighteen years ago I needed my mom to help me give birth to my own daughter and I could’ve never imagined what that would look like.
Now here today, it is now also another moment to ponder. Today is also my mother’s birthday. She would’ve been 76 years old. I miss her so much. She was my mentor and who helped to build me into the strong amazing woman I am today.
So on that ledge in the airplane, stood the next generation of women in our long line of independent free-minded spirits. All that my daughter is, she is simply the residue of the woman who are in her past, who helped to mold her and design her – with all their imperfect flaws.
I owe my mother so much. Thank you mom for giving me the courage to raise such a strong and powerful young woman. You were a great example of courage. I hope you are proud wherever you are. She turned out pretty dang amazing mom. Thank you for helping me to be the best mother I could’ve been and even better than I could’ve imagined. It’s been a blast raising her. I hope you felt the same way.
So, today as my daughter literally spreads her wings to fly away, I know she is in good hands. She is in her higher power’s hands and he’s done a wonderfully perfect job with her. Thanks for letting her fly with the angels safely today and I pray mom was with her the whole way, celebrating both of their birthdays free as birds.
My journey is officially over of having a minor child in my home to raise. It’s been 30 long years. I am tired, blessed, sad, excited, and done. This is the next chapter in the Harper-Winn generation. I can’t wait to see what her daughter will be like. They only get better. All we have to do is just stay sober and the world is ours for the taking. Now, scoot over sissy. It’s time for mom to strap on her chute and fly with the eagles again myself.
Happy Birthday Destiny. Happy Birthday Mom – I miss you so much.