Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Slice of Life Challenge - Mar. 2
After worrying that we wouldn't be able to reach our destination of Washington D.C. to see our oldest daughter (see yesterday's S.O.L.), I am happy to report that we made it!
This weekend was everything that a mother of a post-college age child could want.
Kate, our oldest daughter, moved to Washington D.C. last September. When she moved there, she didn't have a job or a place to call her own. Luckily, she had great friends that allowed her to bunk with them until almost Thanksgiving.
Fast forward a little more than 5 months. We arrived in D.C. this weekend to find the following: she lives in a townhome in a great neighborhood with some nice roommates, and she has been hired as an intern to work in the Office of Foreign Affairs. In her short stint there (she's only been working 4 weeks so far), she has met every Representative that serves on this committee, she has met our Vice-President, and just this past week she met, and had her picture taken with, the Secretary of State. If you're a twenty-something living in D.C., how cool is that?!!
Unfortunately, intern translates into "unpaid" so her hope is to move into a paid position in the near future. For now, she lives off the money she makes working two other jobs. She is quite busy, but incredibly happy. She somehow has managed to see her high school, college, and study abroad friends that live in D.C., as well as establishing new groups of friends.
As she showed her sister, her dad, and me around the town that she is proud to now call her home, it was a delight to watch her poise and self-confidence. From the minute we saw her, I was taken aback by how she is just standing taller and prouder.
Sure, seeing the monuments and sightseeing was fun, but it was watching how Kate has blossomed into a confident young woman that was truly the highlight of my weekend.