What A Wonderful World

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For my husband’s 40th birthday, he bought a 1967 Volkswagon Bus. It was what I (I mean he) always wanted. It happened to be sold 40 minutes from us, so it was meant to be. I love the gorgeous green color (I think it may be the exact color of that chest from last Saturday). It drives perfectly and the only thing we really need to invest in is a new headliner.

Anthropologie is currently selling a cardigan with VW bugs printed on it. It is called the Road Game Cardigan. I am wearing it with an older item from Anthropologie; In-A-Moment dress.

I am a dork and wanted to wear this cardigan while posing with our van. I had no idea my husband would be so accommodating and drive it on to our grass. I am sure our neighbors were thrilled!

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I wore this to my daughter’s “orientation into high school” night. Of course, she wouldn’t sit or walk around the campus with us. The Glee Club performed and they had performed two songs before they segued into “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. That is when I completely lost it. My baby is leaving us in four years! I sat on the high school bleachers with tears rolling down my cheeks. The years have passed so quickly and there is so much that I would want her to learn before she goes. Of course, I was the only parent sobbing. My daughter was probably happy she had not sat with us.

As we left the gymnasium, I pulled that cardigan tighter. It is covered in old fashioned cars and I am an old fashioned girl. I watched my daughter run ahead with her friends, eager to escape the stifling gaze of her parent’s eyes. I visited all of the classrooms she would attend in the coming year. I tried not to make decisions for her, but ultimately could not help it. I do not know how parents do it. How they have done it. It is heartbreaking watching them grow up. I am trying not to fail. And it is unbelievably hard.

“I hear babies cry…… I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more…..than I’ll never know”

15 thoughts on “What A Wonderful World

  1. aww.. That was what I was thinking these days.. My daughter is going into kindergarten from summer. It’ll be 5 days a week.. I remember hanging out with friends, going up jungle gym, did a lot of things that I don’t want my daughter to do! I just can’t watch her climbing up so high, or hang out with friends without my watch.. Seriously.. why can’t I just keep her in a house!?
    Sob Sob.. I totally understand how you feel. I am sure I will be crying if I were in your situation. Oh no, I don’t want to think about it!

    BTW, you look pretty in that yellow dress! What is the name of it??
    And yay for the bus! I’ve seen it around. It looks fun to ride!

    • Thanks Keiko! Kindergarten is a hard one! I cried with both of my kids! The car is super fun. Just not for the poor people behind us, because it goes very slow! I have tried to comment on your site, but it won’t let me. It crashes each time. I wanted to tell you I loved the clothes from your closet and how jealous I am for your upcoming trip to Japan. How fun!

  2. You look adorbs! I can’t believe she is going into high school next year! Yikes! At least you will still have one in elementary school. Whew!

  3. I think moms cry rivers of “sad-happy” tears that could literally fill an ocean. And no matter how old your child is, they will always be your “little girl”. And everytime you see her, pictures flash thru your head like flashcards, what she wore the first day of school, the song she sang at the talent show, how beautiful she was on her wedding day, and how beautiful she looked holding her first baby. Your right, they grow up so quick! I don’t think your heart ever gets used to it.

  4. I was hardly okay after reading about the baby girl’s high school orientation, but then I completely lost it after you quoted the song lyrics. Oh my goodness! Tears galore. It really seems like just yesterday that I was making a big mess trying to impress her and see her sweet smile with my “world’s greatest chocolate milk”…time surely flies too fast. Well, you guys have created and nurtured some of the most wonderful kids on the planet. An absolute joy they are, and even though I’m just the auntie, I always feel so darn proud of them every day. It really is a wonderful world.

  5. I can’t believe your daughter is starting high school. I remember the night of your high school graduation and I asked why you were crying and you said because now you would have to grow up. Seems long ago, and only yesterday, but that’s literally half a lifetime ago for you! Your blog shows your personality and how youthful you still are! I think you’ve grown up into a beautiful woman, wife and mother. Love you!

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