A Stitch In Time

Yesterday, I:

Ran five miles.

Drove 242 miles to defend my thesis.

Received a text from my sons requesting advice about what to do when the contents of the toilet, upon flushing it, come out between said toilet and the bathroom floor.

Realized I still hadn’t picked up more black satin.

Today, I:

Assured my editor that those four articles really will be done by next week.

Bought more black satin. And wax toilet rings. And bolts.

Did some interviews, found some more contacts.

Attended a informational meeting to decide whether or not I should agree to put my name on the ballot in November for PCO of O’Sullivan Dam 1. (I probably am, unless I can find someone else to do it.)

Finished altering my daughter’s prom dress. With minutes to spare. Literally.

This was at 5:59. And yes, in three inch heels, she really is 6’3″ tall.

At 6:02, her date arrived:

With a killer corsage:

And a very nice smile:

I think I like this kid. And it was a strange thing… to stand there, realizing that my daughter is a beautiful girl, and that I like her choice of young men (and not just because he’s leaving the country for two years in August, either!) and that relatively soon, we could be repeating this process, with a very different dress, in very different circumstances. Egad.

I was asked a month or so ago, if it was going to be hard, to let her go this fall. I laughed and said “No–she already left. We never see her anymore.”

But it was different, seeing her this way. Wonderful, and yet… well. You have either been in my shoes and know how it feels, or you don’t.

She really is leaving, isn’t she?

9 responses to “A Stitch In Time

  • Mandy

    The dress is stunning…or maybe it’s that gorgeous girl, or rather young lady of yours that makes the dress stunning.

  • Ruth

    Fantastic job on a FABULOUS dress!

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  • jill

    WOW!!! She is gorgeous, he is handsome, the dress is AMAZING and you are too! I love this post. So glad you put a link on facebook. Meg is so beautiful and such a great girl. You’ve done an amazing job raising her! I can’t believe all that you’ve done in the last couple days. Holy cow, talk about STRESS!! Oh my gosh. I can’t wait to hear how your thesis went. That’s one of the reasons I got on facebook. Keep up the great work Kimber!

  • Jane Payne

    Oh Kimber! My goodness.

    Yes. She really is leaving. Yes, she is beautiful. Yes, she picks good friends. Yes, her date is a great guy. Yes, your kids are incredible; I count them as one of my blessings. Yes, you’d be a great PCO, I hope you’ll put your name on the ballot. No, I cannot jog 5 miles, I’m sucking air long before that.

    Can’t wait to read your articles. You will post them or direct us, right?

    That dress is so perfect.

    • kimberlybbert

      Are you going to do O’Sullivan Dam 2 or Calvin? I really, really, really don’t want anything more on my plate right now, but I have this nasty feeling that this is what I’m supposed to do. It’s kind of like when you get called to serve in the nursery: You know it’s important, and you know you really shouldn’t refuse, and you also know that if you do it, it can’t be a half-way job. All or nothing.

  • Alicia

    Wow! She’s beautiful! 😀 So when do you know about your thesis? I bet you did great!

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