Abby is getting ready to graduate high school, time flies by way too fast. Congratulations to all the 2024 Graduates!
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Dear Abby,

As you get ready to graduate high school, where do I start? How do I deal with this? I'm a nervous wreck. You bring me so much sunshine to my life and to my heart. You've taught me how to love more than I ever thought I could. I never knew just what a Momma bear was until something made you upset or someone hurt your feelings. Momma bear's claws were out and I didn't think I could feel that hurt just because you were hurting, but it's true.

How can this be? How can this little girl that lost her front tooth on a slide during a snow storm, who needed me to pull out splinters from her feet, and always needed a hug when she saw a spider, be graduating high school already? It's so hard for me as a Mom to let you go. I will always worry, that's my job now I guess, but you've become so independent and that is just plain awesome to watch. I still love all of our - I love you's  -throughout the day, no matter what

I've guided you to be true to you. You know what's right and you know how to fight for yourself. I love that about you.

I'll probably write this a couple times, it's so important you know this -- You are confident, strong, cool, and laugh when you probably shouldn't be laughing.

My heart and soul are both so full. You've said to me that you are scared because everything is changing, it's ok to be scared. That means you're growing, my girl. Honestly at times, life has its challenges, but there are so many happy times in life that you will remember and they will always be way better than the bad times, trust me.

You do know how strong you are. We both have to be reminded of that at times. I wish I could tell you your path, I know you make great choices already. You will make mistakes along the way, it's ok. We all do.

You are my only child and as you get ready to graduate, you need to know I've had so much fun with you. I've loved watching you grow every day.  All the ups and downs with so many ups. Yes, even the teenager rampages, the slamming of the door, the mom taxi, and the endless trips to Walgreens. We still go to Walgreens all the time. I would do it all over again and again and again.

I can't wait to see where you go and the people's lives you will touch. You've always made me smile. You've always made me proud. But remember take your time, you will figure it out, there is no rush to your future. Small steps lead to bigger steps.

I think back at all the moments that lead us to this magical moment of graduating high school. To all the Mom's in our life and all the teachers that helped you along the way. Remember to always say, "thank you". You've had some of the best through your school years.

Remember all the great memories you've made and always remember how fast life goes by. Abby, where ever you go - you make memories - I love that about you.  You have so many more to make.

Friends have been everything to you and you've been so lucky to have the best of friends in your corner. Yes, friends come and go and sometimes they break your heart. Just remember the friends that chose you every time, they are worth it. Always be that friend you want in your corner.

You are smart. You are confident. You are amazing. To me you are my number one. For us, I'll always be here for you. I'm so thankful that you and I are and were always open and honest with each other, the good, the bad, the funny, and sometimes the ugly.

Remember to explore. Take those adventures, and ALWAYS believe in yourself even if no one else does.

I'll always believe in you! Thanks for believing in me being your Mom!

I love you so much more,
Mommy 😊❤️

Sue Moll, Townsquare Media
Sue Moll, Townsquare Media

(I've been writing mommy blogs for almost Abby's entire life and I've always started them out this way...nothing changes now that she is graduating.)

My daughter is the love of my life - fresh, funny, and truly a wonderful little soul that brings me sunshine every day. Abby's now getting ready to graduate high school and her life and what she does is just so funny, it’s too funny not to talk about or write about. It’s all about sharing our adventures with you. Time flies. Thanks for all of your advice through the years, Mom's we are never alone! I guess it should be "Sue's Mom Blog" since she's so grown up now, I'm totally laughing out loud at that! She still calls me Mommy and I don't think that will ever change. It's my favorite name.

Here are a couple of "Sue's Mommy Blogs" from years past. (Click on link)

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