Birthday Girl

It is commonly thought, when our children are peeking into adulthood, that perhaps we didn’t enjoy them as much as we should have.  Perhaps if we knew then what we know now–that time passes quickly–we would have treasured more dearly even the long and tedious days of the early years.

DSC_0081_edited-1Yet here on the morning of Emma’s seventeenth birthday, I am not filled with that regret.  Instead, my heart finds joy.  I have loved my daughter fully and deeply.  I have cherished the sum of all the memories:  the daily searching for “Dolly,” the curls around the nape of her neck, the fondness for avocados.  I love her “ways”:  The way she doesn’t like parties, but she loves holidays.  The way she takes care of Anna when the thunder rolls at night.  The way she waits with giddy anticipation for winter’s first snowflake or the first beach day of the summer.

DSC_0090_edited-1-1DSC_0105And she is like a summer day.  All warm and beautiful and full of light.  Each day with her is a golden gift.  My first girl brought with her all the charms of loveliness, and I am thankful to be her mother.  Happy Birthday, Emma Love!

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A happy wife, a mom on the learning curve, a daughter of the King . . .
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3 Responses to Birthday Girl

  1. Julie Sunne says:

    Sounds like you and your daughter have a wonderful relationship, and you are one wise mother. Beautiful, Julie. Happy Birthday, Emma!

  2. Frederic L. Scheffler says:

    It’s hard to believe that our dear Emma has just turned 17. We remember her birth in Ann Arbor very clearly – can it be 17 years already? You and Emma have enjoyed a wonderful relationship, and the addition of the rest of your family over the years has only multiplied the joy you have with each of them. We fondly remember those early days in Ann Arbor when there were only Michael and Emma and our visits to 2502 Stone Street.

    • Julie says:

      I am remembering those early days too, when our family was young and new. We always loved your visits; the I-75 corridor was well traveled! 🙂

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