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“Jane Eyre” & Making The Most Out Of Time With My Kids

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(credit: KTVT/KTXA) Tracy Kornet
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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – My daughter tried on her future OU uniform after their basketball game last night in Norman.

She’ll be graduating high school in only three months, and I am savoring these last few weeks with her, as is her little brother Luke.

Several times in the last few weeks, I’ve caught the two of them laughing and snuggling like the best friends they used to be growing up.

Then, on Presidents’ Day evening, the three of us cuddled on the couch and watched the movie Jane Eyre together.

It is Nicole’s favorite book, so I thought the character-driven, historical flick might actually keep me awake for a change.

Boy, did it ever.

The story is filled with love, pain, romance, and a deep, spiritual connection between two beautiful souls.

I highly recommend it.

Plus, sharing the experience with my two teenagers –– one of whom reached across me during the movie and said, “I love you, Mommy” –– was icing on the cake.

My daughter announced yesterday she wants to major in broadcasting.

She says she knows television news is changing and that there may not be many jobs available; but she is determined to land the one! She says she even watched the ENTIRE 4 p.m. news on her treasured day off from school, practicing how she might respond after a story and tossing to weather.

I was beaming on the inside, hearing my little girl take her future seriously. She is growing up!

Luke is maturing so much, too, officially confirming to me last week that engineering will be his future major of choice.

And my oldest, John, is almost halfway through college!

It all makes me stop and wonder if I’ve equipped them enough, exposed them to enough culture, prepared them for the difficulties that undoubtedly lay ahead. I guess we’ll find out together.

There’s one thing I don’t doubt: my love for them and my willingness to pour it all over them –– every second of every single day, from the depths of my heart.

I believe they feel it, too.

As much as I love Jane Eyre-style romances, right now my home movies, if only those stored in my memory bank, are all the Hollywood I need.

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