I Live in a Mad House-My Daughter

The best daughter in the world

This week I introduce you to my daughter. This entry was written when she was sixteen. I hope you enjoy it.

As a child growing up I often heard my mother refer to me as ” Her gift from God”. I always passed this off as just something all mothers said, or thought. It was not until I became a mother that I really understood not what my mother said,  but more importantly, what she felt.

Sixteen years ago a beautiful person came into my life. My husband and I named her Lysaine, a truly unique name, because it seemed even then she was a truly  unique individual.

Theology tells us that the Lord created the earth and heavens in seven days. It took Lysaine a little longer to adjust to her new family. For the first seven nights after she came home from the hospital she cried from 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM. This was very distressing for a new mother because even though I had a six-year-old he came toilet trained, and ready for school via marriage. So you see Lysaine was the first one from scratch, and she did not come with a book of instructions. Nor was she anything like the Tiny Tears doll that I had at the age of six. To top it off, I was an only child, I didn’t even have a little brother or sister to practice upon while growing up. After checking to make sure she was dry and fed, I was at a loss to explain or cope with her crying. I walked her, I rocked her, but alas nothing helped. I really felt sorry for my husband when he came home nightly after work tired and hungry and instead of a loving smile and a kiss, he found us both crying on the living room couch. This went on for about a week, then just as suddenly as it had started, the crying stopped. Both of us! It was a miracle. Lysaine decided she liked us. After that we settled into a calm routine, and my husband no longer dreaded coming home.

At about the age of two, I started to worry because Lysaine didn’t talk. My girlfriends toddler spoke full sentences, and was extremely verbal. Lysaine limited her vocabulary to mommy, daddy, Lynn, and dog. Not necessarily in that order.  What I failed to realize was the fact that she was storing up all of her communications to release them at one time. Can you imaging how much communication can be stored in the human brain over a time span of two years. One day she started talking and singing and we have not been able to shut her up to this day.  Not that I would want to, we have had many spirited and thought-provoking conversations. The workings of her mind are a true testament to her individually.

With Lysaine there was never a dull moment. She is the only child I know whose first grade teacher complained because she was too happy.  One day I received a note asking me to ” Please ask Lysaine not to sing and skip in class.”  Not to skip and sing, oh, that needed an explanation, not just a note. Face to face the teacher explained to me that she had called upon Lysaine to do a math problem on the board. She executed the problem flawlessly, however on her way to and from her seat she skipped and sang, much to the amusement of her classmates. It seems that she was destined for stardom even then.

Following in her brother’s footsteps she dabbled in acting, joined the school band, ( I am a chorus teacher) and refused to accelerate beyond Swans on the Lake on the piano, much to my consternation. During her in-between years, basketball and dance competed equally for her attention. When her favorite dance teacher moved away, basketball won. It remains her second greatest passion in life. Like any normal teenage girl, boys are  her first passion.

She excels in school to the delight of her father, and keeps a messy room to the heartbreak of her mother.  She strives for perfection without being a perfectionist. Completely different from her female parent, she is an extrovert, popular with her classmates but manages to maintain a balance in life. She is a true Libra. Business is about to pick up greatly in our house as she endeavors to take her  rightful place among the driving public. Ah, another quest for independence.

As her mother I believe she is destined for greatness, however even the most die-hard skeptic could not deny that she will probably be a success in any chosen field. Despite her early hesitation, she will probably be a great orator. The field of law comes instantly to mind. Perhaps she will grow taller and be the first female in the pros to slam dunk. Whatever road her destiny takes, I am so glad I will be along for the ride.

Post script: Basketball lost it’s bounce, and law school never made it in the running.  Lysaine has grown up to be a beautiful person inside and out.  She is a wonderful teacher, sorority woman, writer, and oh yes, a great orator. A better daughter a mother could not wish for. Just as my mother said so many years ago, ” She is a gift from God.”

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~ by scribe312 on May 1, 2012.

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