Where has the time gone

My daughter has turned 18 and is about to graduate high school. I am very proud of her because she has become a very strong young woman that is getting ready for college.  Our situation has always been difficult, we lost her dad to cancer when she was 3.  I still remember that day so vividly and all of the days, weeks months that followed.  These 15 years have gone by so fast and unfortunately we continue to struggle financially. She will not be able to go to prom, she will not be able to go to grad night and in many ways I feel as a complete failure.  She has missed a lot of school because she helps me care for her little sister when she is sick.  With no family and/or support she has become my right hand in all that we do.  I feel like a terrible mother but what else can I do? I work 40+ hrs. a week and I just can’t leave the younger one with just anyone..you see she has Down Syndrome is mostly non verbal so extra care is needed. Today has been very difficult, with the feeling that I can’t function and I even have begun to think that I am depressed…she will be moving out in a couple of months..and I already feel like my world is once again falling apart.

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