Yesterday, I walked into a situation that I thought was concerning my eighteen-year-old daughter, as she sobbed in her room, when in fact it was about my youngest daughter. What a precious moment it was!

The hottest part of the day was approaching. I’d just got home from work and had taken off my shoes. I went into my bedroom in the back of the house and got comfortable by removing those uncomfortable corporate shoes & clothes, put my hair in a ponytail and slipped on my grey shorts and grey tank top. I thought of how much better I was feeling already.

I could tell that nearby there was something up in the house. I could feel it, as a mother, my instincts had kicked in. I walked towards the small square bedroom, which is closest to the front of the house, and as I opened the door, the room was muggy and warm.

Both my daughters, Miliana and Lae’ula turned their heads as I walked into the room. Miliana was crying! I sat right next to her, trying to console her. I asked her what was wrong. She could hardly get the words out. I kept pleading that I wanted to help her and to please tell me. I can’t handle it, when any of my three children are hurting. Not much was working, so I turned to Lae’ula and asked her. She shrugged her shoulders and didn’t really speak. She just gave me a sad look with those big brown eyes. So now, I was determined to find out who or what was hurting one of my girls.

As a few minutes past, we just all kind of sat there for a moment while all of our thoughts were different. I tried again to get some information and finally, Miliana barely got out the words, it’s not me, it’s about Lae’ula! I was then confused. I asked why she was crying. Miliana said, I’ve just graduated High School and am out and today was Lae’ula first day of school and it was terrible. I wasn’t there for her, as she sat all alone at lunch. We always sat together. Her first day wasn’t supposed to be like this and I can no longer be there for her. Max (Lae’ula’s boyfriend) decided that he needed some space and went off with the boys…can you believe that mom…the first day of school, he left her all alone and I wasn’t there!

I knew that our family is tight. And I knew that my two daughters were close, however at that moment, I realized, and they had confirmed that I had two awesome young ladies. One was crying for the other. It was so beautiful and beyond words. Every time I play it back in my head, it brings tears to my eyes.

This validates that these sisters, today, tomorrow, and always, will be there for each other. And as a mother, this is I am so proud of both of them as this is LOVE!


Lenora "Slinky" Ruybalid

Orange County, United States

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