It’s hard to imagine that, in just 2 short months, my youngest will be graduating from high school.
Ashlee was a challenge when she was an infant. She didn’t want anyone to take care of her but me. We spent many nights sitting in a rocking chair together. She was always my girl. Anytime I would need to run an errand, no matter how boring, she was the 1st to jump up and volunteer to go with me. She ate nothing but chicken nuggets and ketchup for what seems like 3 years. She still often choses chicken fingers when we eat out.
As I have watched her grow, she has changed physically but her soul is the same. She is a devoted and loyal friend. She is practical and rational about her choices. When she was about 12, she put every dime of her birthday money ($112) into the offering plate to help build a well for clean water in Africa. She didn’t even tell me she did it. I found out later from her sister. When I asked her about it, she said, “Those people need clean water more than anything I need.”
She loves kids. Especially the littles. Watching her unending patience, compassion and unconditional love she pours out on them makes my heart soar. She is a beautiful person, inside and out. I have no doubt that she will change the lives of the children in her future classroom. I am honored to call her my daughter.