Today, I am hanging out with my BFF. Is it odd my BFF is twelve and my daughter? We don't think it's strange. It's just our relationship. I knew when Jordan came to us that she was special. Her inner strength, bravery, and undeniable light have shown through since she was just minutes old. I knew with certainty that we would have an unbreakable bond when just a few minutes into this world, she nestled her little face into the curve of my neck, breathed deep, and relaxed as if to say, "Yes, this is where I belong."
Being that my bestie is twelve and my daughter is not without challenges. I definitely spend a lot of time in "mom mode." However, I have always told Jordan that my job, first and foremost, is to guide her, support her, and keep her safe. Even when I am in "mom mode," she knows what I say and do I do out of love. It does make it difficult not to laugh at her shenanigans, and there are times when I am addressing an issue; if I were in her shoes, I would do the same thing, or I understand her position. However, I take my job quite seriously and maintain my mom mode.
However, today, I get to put mom mode aside. Today, I am hanging out with my BFF, and we are going to begin our day with Starbucks. I will have a Vanilla Cream Cold Brew, and she will have a Pink Drink without strawberries. We will then go to Ulta Beauty and bask in the glory of make-up heaven. Our final destination is Barne's and Noble, TJ Maxx, and Chic-Fil-A. Is it a big thing? No, but we seem to enjoy the small things just as much. We're both ecstatic about spending the day together and doing so off the farm. Not that the farm is a bad place, we just spend all our time here.
I am looking forward to conversations about Stranger Things, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobbi Brown, seventh grade, and Christmas. I'm sure there will be a lot of bad jokes and impersonations done as well. I treasure this time, and I know that it, too, is fleeting.
I hope, dear reader, you are looking forward to your day as well. As always, stay safe, be smart, enjoy these fleeting moments, and keep washing your hands.