A short and sweet blog post this week. My daughter is turning 20 on May 1st. I can’t believe she’s no longer a teenager. How did that happen? Wasn’t she just 2? Well, add a 0 and 18 years and voilà!

My daughter is turning 20 by Colleen Kanna, Photo of my daughter at 2 years on the left and almost 20 years old on the right.

Then and Now

So we’re getting ready to celebrate. She’s only home for 5 days. She had exams right up to the bitter end. Then it was off to her boyfriend’s hometown for a few days before she comes home to Ottawa. Yep, she’s all grown up!

Instead of spending the summer working in Ottawa, she’ll be planting trees up north. This kid always amazes me with the things she’ll do. Personally, tree planting would never even enter my mind lol. But, she’s game. I admire her sense of adventure and willingness to try new things and work hard.

I’m excited for her and at the same time, I’m trying to push the protective mama bear instinct to a calm place in the background of my mind. She’s driving her 2011 Elantra up there. I know she’s a good driver and I’ve made sure she has CAA Plus.

I take comfort in my nephew’s fiancée having gone before her. Sandy did tree planting for many years and has lots of great advice for Maddi. I’m thankful she is guiding her on what to expect and also on the right gear to get. Better to come from an experienced tree planter and not her mom.

I’m floored at how much gear they need to purchase and bring with them. For the last couple of months, packages and boxes have been showing up on our doorstep filled with tree planting bags, a tent, and clothing.

Photo of white and blue tree planting bags and a packed up red tent.

Tree planting gear

At least, there’s no shortage of things to get her for her birthday.

One birthday present in a box wrapped in pink with white polka dot wrapping paper and another present that has a handle and a big pink bow.

Hmmm, what could that be?

I hope she’ll have an amazing time and an unforgettable experience. I look forward to all the stories. Stories she can pass down to her own kids.

And that calm place in the back of my mind is whispering, “Go forth, be safe, and come home in one piece”.

P.S. Oh, in case you’re wondering, I named my new car, Parker. Thank you for your votes and suggestions. Parker did indeed have the most votes. Mackenzie was also offered up and I love that name. Mac for short. However, way back when, we tried to adopt a baby boy and we were going to name him Mackenzie. Obviously, that didn’t work out, which in hindsight was totally for the best for all parties, but it was still a challenging time for us. Another reason, my great niece is Makayla and we call her, Mak. So, I didn’t think she’d appreciate my car being called the same name. And finally, my daughter and my sister both gave Parker the thumbs up. So Parker it is.

Until next time,

~ Colleen

Colleen Kanna, Photo by Anna Epp Photography

I’m a recovered Chartered Accountant and Breast Cancer Champion turned Fashion Designer. My COKANNA Canadian-made bamboo clothing is all about comfort and style. Giving back to the community is important to me so I support local breast cancer organizations who treat the whole person and not just the disease.