When people learn that I have five daughters, their reactions are pretty typical. "Oh my Gawd, you don't look old enough to have five daughters!" (my personal favorite) "Think of all those weddings you'll have to pay for". (is this 1955?) or "5 Girls! How do you do it?" (my most hated question of all time). I will usually answer with a noncommittal shrug, "I don't know, I just do it" or I will give the explanation that my four oldest do not actually live with me full time as my ex has custody. Cue awkward silence, head nod and them going about their business.
People seem to have difficulty with the non-traditional family dynamic that I have going on. Weird as it may be though, it works for me. And although I miss my girls like crazy, not seeing them every day has made me into a better mother. I feel like I tolerate more and I am more affectionate. That really isn't too tough though because I love hugs and kisses. I also believe that I lucked out when it comes to my girls. They are sweet and responsible (mostly), respectful of others and generally helpful. They're not perfect (what kid is?) and they each have their moments, but I wouldn't trade them for the world.
When she was younger, someone described her as having an old soul. I think this fits her perfectly. She cares about her friends deeply, but is grounded enough to know what she wants to get out of life. She makes good grades, both because she is intelligent, but she also said that she doesn't want to disappoint her dad and I. She is making smart choices and I could not be prouder of her. She is beautiful both inside and out and I am so lucky that she's my oldest daughter.