My youngest turns 12 today. Where did the time go? It seems like only a couple of years ago a little pixie with a mop of crooked, coal black hair joined our family. No matter how old she gets, I will always think of her as the little toddler who, just a month after coming home from China, sat on the deck in her purple Disney princess chair with her feet propped up, grinning as if she owned the place. She’s always had what her grandpa calls a million dollar smile that can light up a room. She has brought much sunshine into our lives.
But our littlest one is also our most stubborn. We’ve never been able to make her do anything she didn’t want to do. We’re lucky, then, that she’s a good kid. But still, there are times that leave us exasperated. Or puzzled. One year, when she was about seven, she used her sister’s razor to shave half of an eyebrow off. Surprisingly, it took a day for us to notice. When I did, I quickly realized that year’s school pictures, scheduled for the next day, would be memorable. And so they were. It has become a family legend over the years and tells a lot about our special daughter.
I’m so very proud of the smart, beautiful young woman she’s becoming. She’s a walking encyclopedia on science facts, a gifted cook, can design and build almost anything, and has a big heart for animals. I love her to the moon and back. Happy birthday sweetheart – I told you your eyebrow would grow back!
“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! –Dr. Seuss