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A Little Stressed & That’s No Lion!

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 by Lisa Ricard Claro   9 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

The wedding is in three days!


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As you might suspect, things are a little crazy around here right now. But this is Wednesday, and the Naked Truth must be told—that sounds so impressive, doesn’t it? Much better than, “I’m type-A and if I miss my regular posting day I’m likely to explode.” So lets just go with the whole “Naked Truth” thing.

The last week has been packed with preparations for my daughter’s wedding. I spent Sunday morning Frankenstein-ing one of the bridesmaid’s dresses (long story), and as I’m not a seamstress, the outcome was iffy. As it turns out, I did a pretty good job for someone with no clue what she’s doing. The process took me about four hours—something either of my grandmothers could have accomplished in under an hour, eyes closed, while preparing a feast for twenty—and as such, I had a lot of time to think. And it occurred to me that the gulf between my heart’s view of my daughter and REALITY is wide. You see, in my heart, she’s still just a cub:


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She’s grown into her own woman, strong and beautiful. She doesn’t need me to protect her anymore, though she knows I would.

And after Saturday, her life will be more like this:


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Okay, well . . . this is the Naked Truth, so let’s be real. Sometimes it will look like this:


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Or this:


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See you next week, buttercup, for more of the Naked Truth . . . and wedding pictures!

🙂 Lisa

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9 Responses to "A Little Stressed & That’s No Lion!"

  1. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    October 12, 2016 at 6:20 pm  

    Your post made me shed a happy tear. Everything will work out fine. We never stop being mama to our cubs.

  2. Comment by Pat
    October 12, 2016 at 7:17 pm  

    So exciting! Wishing you all a beautiful and blessed day.

  3. Comment by claudia mundell
    October 12, 2016 at 7:26 pm  

    I’m sure all will go well! You just enjoy it and relish the time!!

  4. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    October 12, 2016 at 7:39 pm  

    Best wishes to the bride and groom; I can’t wait to see some pictures. I’ll be thinking about all of the fun you’re having while I’m on a cruise to Cozumel and Grand Cayman. 🙂

    Buttons is so much better it really seem miraculous.

  5. Comment by MerCyn
    October 12, 2016 at 8:56 pm  

    Great pictures and oh so true! Congrats on your daughter’s wedding.

  6. Comment by Sioux
    October 13, 2016 at 12:07 am  

    Lisa–I can’t wait to see pictures of the bride and groom, along with pictures of the bride’s mom! 😉

    Linda is right. We never stop being the Mama Lion, and our kids never graduate out of being cubs.

    Enjoy all the festivities. Everything will be perfect.

  7. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    October 13, 2016 at 9:20 am  

    All will be well–even when it’s crazy, it’s all good when you’re young and in love, right? Oh. It just occurred to me that you might’ve thought I meant all will be well with you. Are you crazy? You’re the mother of the bride!!!!! (Try to enjoy yourself anyway.) 🙂

  8. Comment by Lynn M. Obermoeller
    October 13, 2016 at 9:54 am  

    Relax and enjoy yourself. I know that whatever plans that turn out or don’t turn out, the family will be together and you all will have a beautiful memory.

  9. Comment by Stephanie Trietsch
    October 13, 2016 at 2:12 pm  

    Best wishes to all!!!

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