I don’t write about my daughter very often (because she’s a private person), but giving birth to Skyler was one of the best things I’ve ever done, and I couldn’t be more proud of her. She’s now 21 years old, and she’s finishing up her junior year of college. We’ve always had a close relationship, and practicing martial arts together only brought us closer. It was because of her that I started training, and she was one of the youngest people at the dojo to earn an adult black belt in karate, which she did when she was 16 (at the same time as her parents). I really miss training with her in Ethridge Jiu-Jitsu class, but due to other obligations, she’s now unable to attend.
Skyler is a great combination of the best things about her father and I. She’s creative like her mom, but more practical like her dad. She’s smart and hard-working (as a triple-major, full-time college student she’s been on the Dean’s list every semester, and she works two jobs!), but she also knows how to have fun. We don’t share the same taste in music (although she doesn’t hate the Beastie Boys!), but she really is a chip off the odd block.
I used to enjoy scaring my mother by doing things like convincing her that the ride at Six Flags only went back-and-forth, not upside-down, and then laughing my butt off when we were hanging upside-down and she was yelling “You lied!”. Skyler also enjoys doing this (and by that I mean she likes scaring my mother, not me! ;).
One memorable story was when my mother and I were at one of Skyler’s elementary school functions. Unbeknownst to my mom, Skyler had a plastic cockroach that she carried around in her pocket and named “Fred”. Skyler asked her grandma if she wanted to meet Fred, and my mom, thinking it was one of Skyler’s school friends, said “Of course.”, then she almost had a heart attack when Skyler pulled that roach out of her pocket!
Except for enjoying harmlessly scaring people, and being extremely sarcastic, my daughter is a kind, strong, intelligent, and interesting person, who I enjoy spending time with. For all of her awesome qualities, I think the thing I like best about her is that she is one of the most unique individuals I have ever known. She isn’t afraid to be herself, and she doesn’t care what anyone thinks about her. I don’t know how I got so lucky to have such an amazing daughter as Skyler, but it has always been an honor and a privilege to be her mother.
A typical conversation between my daughter and I:
GE: Why did you do that?
Sky: Your face.
GE: That’s what she said.
Sky: That doesn’t make sense.
GE: Your face doesn’t make sense.
Sky: That’s what she said.