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CDM

We experienced all the questions and concerns mentioned above. But one theme kept bringing us back to our final decision. "I hope we never have to look back and ask what may have happened had we allowed her to follow a little girls dream."

 

People often commented about how hard it must have been to let her leave home so early in life (just after her 12th birthday). I would always tell them that it was no different than had my father said to me, "Son, I hate to do this to you but I am going to have to send you off to learn to play baseball with the New York Yankees". Pleeeeaaaaaassee don't throw me in the briar patch, dad!!!!

 

I also posted the following on another thread a few minutes ago but I think it is pertinent here also:

 

http://dancers.invisionzone.com/index.php?...pic=25566&st=77

 

 

 

---Edited by moderator to include link to another thread, rather than including the duplicate post here, which is not allowed on BT.

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ballet22

Thanks for your posts CDM, its wonderful to hear the happy beginning story. Continued good fortune to your daughter in Stuttgart.

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CEO

I'm reading through this topic and other related topics with tears rolling down my cheeks. My DD accepted an offer made at her SI to stay for the school year and she is so excited. She is old enough (16) and mature enough, but that doesn't change the way I feel about having her so far away from home. I will say that her age and maturity plus the fact that she knows a lot about the school she will attend puts my mind at ease. She also told me last week that she feels very rooted in her values and much stronger than even six months ago. I saw big growth this past year and it started to feel like she was a young adult, not a teenager anymore. I know she's ready, but I'm not.

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Muck Luck

CEO, many of us on this board completely understand this feeling and have been there. I don't think we are ever ready :D It is the process of loss as our little starlets "dance" out of the nest that we so carefully have kept for them. But I assure you that you will be additionally busy and involved with her life even though she will be far away from home. I would suggest a good cell phone plan or ichat photo capabilities so you can still be that objective confidante that your daughter will need.You will find she may need you more as someone away from the new situations she will face as an objective voice and you will treasure this new relationship.

 

By the way,buy stock in Kleenex... the goodbyes never get easier...but the hellos are much more sweet :wub:

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CEO

Muck Luck-Thank you for the cyber shoulder and the tips!!!!! I already had to buy more tissues.

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