Today is my daughter Megan's birthday and as much as I would like to be with her to celebrate, the reality is that we will be celebrating this year in different cities. Last year, she moved from Michigan to Pittsburgh; ready to start a big girl life, in a new city. This has been a year of change and as she turns 25, the future looks bright. She is beautiful, both inside and out and continues to succeed at whatever she does. She is happy and it warms my heart to hear that happiness in her voice, when we talk on the phone.
And, for now, those phone conversations or text messages are the reality, even on a special day like her birthday. I can't bake her a cake and watch her blow out the candles, but I can send a few surprises for her to open and hopefully feel the love.
These milestones, celebrated from a distance are the reality of an empty nest. It takes some getting used to, but like anything you learn to accept the change. A birthday from afar can be sweet in its own way; with best wishes and love sent across the miles.