For the last two weeks, I have been stressing out over the idea of my oldest daughter getting engaged. Every fiber of my being resists the idea that my little girl is one day going to move away from me. To be honest, when she does get married, she wont really be moving too far away. It's only a couple of miles "as the crow flies." Unfortunately, I can't fly over the walls and checkpoints as well as the crow. So there have been a few tears on my part at the thought of losing my little girl.
Today, the bus that my daughter was coming home from college in was involved in an accident. She was knocked out of her seat, but a quick thinking young man grabbed the back of her jacket and kept her from falling face first into the front of the bus. May Allah subhana wa ta'ala give that young man every good in this life and the next! Alhamdulillah, she was shaken up, but unhurt.
Sometimes I wish I could keep my kids little and close to me, away from the big bad world and all the bad things that could happen to them. But I know I have to accept Allah's qadr for us and be grateful for having them in my life. I still hope to see her finish college before she gets married, but now I realize that having my daughter marry a nice young man and move to the next village really isn't losing her.