She... is seventeen today.
She... isn't here in the house this morning.
She... is actually not here in this zip code.
or this state.
or this country.
or even continent.
She... is in South Africa.
My little girl is in Johannesburg, South Africa, turning seventeen while serving God and others.
She...is being self-less and giving 2 weeks of a new and socially active summer to others less fortunate that most of us.
She...is enduring 35+ hours on a plane and the unknown .
She...is opening herself up to new people, cultures, food, sights and smells.
She...boarded that plane despite some heavy baggage... not the kind with a luggage tag, hoping it will get lost along the way.
She...turned off her beloved iphone. for twelve days!!!
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."
Who am I to pout and feel sad that I can't celebrate this glorious day with her?
She...is my little girl.
She...makes me proud.