L and I have been back from Alabama now for more than a week. It was a difficult trip. We got stuck in Atlanta, rental car reservation vanished, hotel we were sent to was booked…it was one thing after another. We both pushed on and had a great time in the long run. I will cherish that time I got to spend alone with my daughter before she heads off to college. She did not make the cheerleading team. 100 very talented girls showed up for 13 spots… L learned some important lessons. Being able to handle disappointment with quiet dignity is a very honorable trait to possess. Also, no matter how much you want it or how talented you are…there may be someone who is also talented and wants it more.
The University of Alabama is a gorgeous campus! L’s dorm was built in 2009. Each apartment has a kitchen, a living room and 4 single bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms! I could totally live there! L likes to remain active so she thinks she might join the tri-athlete club to stay fit and make some friends.
The devastation in Tuscaloosa was enormous. Words can not adequately describe the destruction. You see a picture on your TV and think Oh MY GOD this is awful!!! When you see it in person you think OH MY GOD there were people in all of those houses! Where are they now? Are they alive? I think it put things into perspective for us both.
Tomorrow is her prom and she is going to look stunning. She chose a beautiful classic dress that she will look back on 20 years from now and admire. I will put up some pictures tomorrow night. I try to maintain my children’s privacy but she is to glorious not to share!