ThinkstockPhotos 75626970Over the holiday my daughters gained and lost some wisdom.

I told you how I had a little trepidation about the holidays and having my daughters home. It was a great visit. As siblings do, they had their tiffs but ultimately showed one another and me how much love they have for one another. That’s a satisfying feeling for a parent.

Just last week Grace had to have her wisdom teeth removed. Three at once. Her older sister offered to take her. The night before I was instructing Paige on the things to ask the doctor and more. She looked at me and said, “Why do you always do this? I am going to be a lawyer soon. I am smart and capable.” At that point I backed up and said, “I know you are fully capable. It’s just that the mother instinct kicks in—no matter how old you are it’s just human nature.”

Paige was with her every step of the way and when Grace woke up from the anesthesia I’m told the first thing she said was, “ Where’s my sister?” Then the two bonded over the crazy things Grace was saying. Paige took videos but I won’t share here. Sorry. But one of the funniest things Grace said was,” My jaw was locked. I didn’t give them the password. How did they know that? I didn’t give my consent.” Paige told her, “ Yes you did Grace.” Grace responded, “I gave them permission to take the teeth out. Not to open my jaw.”

Paige brought Grace home and took care of her until I got back. She made sure she iced her face and then later removed her bloody gauze and instructed her on what she could and could not eat. I think it was a great opportunity for them each to see how much they care for one another. Grace knowing her sister will be there for her always and Paige knowing how much Grace needs her. It left me feeling that even though they may have disagreements over the years they know how to come back to one another, look out for one another and that’s all I can ask for.

Now Paige is gone. She’s back at law school and was eager to get back and finish this last year. Back to building her life. I am so proud. Grace on the other hand is lamenting returning to California for school. She comes home, enjoys what it feels like to be with family and knows she will miss it being so far away. These last few days she been asking me can she stay home. I told her mama bird has to kick her out of the nest. It’s her time to soar. The semester will be over before she knows it. And I know that once that California sun touches her face and she’s no longer dealing with below freezing temperatures, she’ll perk right back up.

Lisa Robinson is the mother of two amazing young women. She is a freelance writer for several Baltimore area magazines, including Chesapeake Family Life. Lisa works as a news anchor and investigative reporter for WBAL-TV in Baltimore. When she’s not dealing with the drama of her two daughters, she’s busy cooking, working out, hosting her friends for get-to-getters, reading, and writing a non-fiction book. Lisa is one of the funniest people you’ll get to know. She relishes in saying the things others are afraid to. You can catch up with Lisa here and on Facebook and Twitter.