Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My Daughter, My Pride...

"A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart."
- Author Unknown -
 
I’ve been told that we shouldn’t sing praises about our own children; that we should allow others to compliment them on their accomplishments. And that may or may not be right, but I’m going to sing praises about one of my girls today. A little bit. Because, you see, my daughter is only 20, and yet she’s so focused and driven, mature and responsible, ambitious and determined, and growing into a kind and compassionate young woman. So I must say something.

Let me tell you about her...

Although still so young, she’s already living on her own. She’s sharing an apartment with a roommate, another young girl who is also on the right track. Both of them are going to school full time while also working to support themselves. My daughter has three different jobs, in fact, all of which she takes seriously. She is an exemplary student and employee whose outstanding work ethic and discipline will serve her well in life.

She is a loving pet owner. As many of you already know, two weeks before she returned to Quebec where she lives after having stayed with us for over two months, my daughter adopted an adult cat from the local humane society here in Kingston. She and her sweet cat, Daeny, drove back to Quebec together and moved into ‘their’ first apartment. Daeny is showered with love and pampered and spoiled. My daughter takes superb care of that precious feline, and in return, Daeny adores her. They are such great companions.

Most of you already know about my daughter's cat, Daeny. I adore this precious furball.
She is a profound animal lover who wants to make a difference by being actively involved. In addition to speaking out against animal cruelty with a voice of outrage, and pushing for change or justice where it is needed, she recently became a member of ‘Cause 4 Paws’, a volunteer organization focused on curbing the overpopulation of feral, stray, homeless, abused and abandoned cats and kittens. Cause 4 Paws traps and sterilizes cats, re-releases the ones that cannot be reasonably tamed, and tries to find homes for the ones that can be socialized. They do not have a main shelter and rely on volunteers willing to foster these needy animals. Volunteers like my daughter.

The foster kitty, Abby, that my daughter is fostering, is approximately 6 months old. She was in a hoarding situation, and eventually ended up homeless after being abandoned and tossed outside.

This is Abby right before she was trapped by the organization and taken in by my daughter:

It is heartbreaking to see innocent animals abandoned like this.
This is Abby now, under my daughter’s care:

What a difference a little love makes...
And I have a feeling that this is just the beginning of her commitment to the welfare of animals. On a phone call between us not too long ago, she mentioned that once her education is complete and she has financial stability, she’d like to become much more active in her role of reducing the suffering of abandoned and neglected animals by...perhaps...starting her own organization. Which made me smile. Because I believe she will in fact do it.

These are just a few of the many wonderful things about my older child that make the tough job of raising children well worth it. So forgive me for singing praises about my own daughter. But this proud – and lucky - mom had to do it.

Now, my daughter does not want me to post images of her, but I’ll sneak one in. Just so the world knows who this incredible young lady is. She reads my blog sometimes, but not always, so maybe I’ll get away with it. Here she is...

My daughter. I am so proud of her.

20 comments:

  1. No wonder you're so proud of her, Martha. She sounds like a kind, caring thoughtful young woman, hmmm, wonder who she takes after? That little kitten seems to be thriving in her care. On top of all that, she's so pretty as well!

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    1. Thank you, Sulky. That's a very sweet comment. That kitty is thriving under her care. I hope she is tame enough to live inside a home permanently instead of needing to be re-released outdoors. I have a feeling that my daughter will become so attached to her that she'll keep her.

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  2. What a wonderful post, and beautiful person your daughter has become.

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    1. Thank you, Antiquity. She is turning out to be a lovely young lady. I am proud of her.

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  3. The blessings of Bast be upon her for the wonderful work she is doing to protect cats! I understand why you are so proud of her and quite rightly!

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    1. Thanks, Debra; blessings are always welcome! I can't tell you how thrilled I am that she is helping cats in need. They really need our compassion and care.

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  4. Oh Martha this is so beautiful! Your pride is obvious and rightly so. It must be wonderful feeling for a parent to see and experience this with their children. Your daughter I am sure feels the same about her mother.

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    1. It really is a wonderful feeling, Jim. It's been worth all the hassle of rasing a child, after all...LOL!

      I am proud of her. She's on the right road.

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  5. It is not "wrong" to celebrate a child's positive characteristics and to be proud when they make a positive footprint in society. I think we are allowed to publicly exclaim our admiration and love for our children after we've managed to raise them and encourage their personalities to shine through from the time they are infants, through the toddler/preschool stage, through the school and teenage years into young adulthood. I think your post is a wonderful testament to your daughter and your conscious and unconscious influence on her.

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    1. You are right, Cathy. And I think it's good for our children to know about the pride we feel. It encourages them to continue on the right path. The teenage years are a little rough, but once we get through that period, it gets better.

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  6. Please don't apologize Martha, after reading about her very admirable qualities, it's easy to see why you are so proud of her! It's been said that the apple doesn't fall very far from the tree... :)

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    1. Thanks, Jane; that's very kind! I think she's on her way to great things, and a good life. I certainly hope so; for her sake even more than mine.

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  7. That is a sing of good up bringing and you should pat yourself on the back.

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  8. Martha, she is beautiful and you should be proud. To raise an accomplished, drive, compassionate young woman is an accomplishment and you should not apologize for being a proud parent. I don;t have kids, but all my friends tell me how hard it is to rear a child, especially nowadays. You worked hard in helping mold this human being and since she is your daughter, I would expect no different.

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    1. Thanks, Ana. You are very sweet. I have a feeling that if you'd had children, you'd be an amazing mother to them. I'm sure of this.

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  9. No wonder you're so proud of her, Martha. She is really very pretty and lovely person...

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    1. Thank you, Viera. She is headed in the right direction; that makes me happy.

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  10. What a beauty... and what a wonderful way to celebrate your love for her MArtha... THUMBS UP !!!

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