Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Sweet Sixteen

Dear Rosy,

Happy Birthday.

You already know you aren't getting a present. The party is the present, and I'm glad you're excited about your teenage fete. But I didn't want the day to go by without at least giving you some kind of public declaration of affection.

There are a few things I want you to know. You already know the mommy stuff. I love you ~you are my baby~ I'm so proud la la blah blah.

But there's more.

I like you. You're a fine person and funny too. If I didn't know you, I'd want to.

I don't miss your baby self. Sure, sometimes I wax nostalgic, but in reality I am amazed by you each day. I can't wait to see what you do next, your growing up has been so fascinating, I'd never go back.

And you know what? You smell the same. When I hug you or sneak into your room late at night to push back your hair and kiss your forehead... you smell like you did the day you were born. Like snow, and cold milk, and cotton. I don't miss you because you're still here. And you don't ever have to worry about leaving me, because you live behind my eyes, under my skin, and in the air. You are my exhale.

And I want to say thank you for being a wonderful big sister. I never had a sister... but the way they love you. You've managed some greatness there. Sometimes they smile only for you. It can't be easy, and you make it look easy. You allow them into your life and they follow you around like baby chicks.

Anyway, that's that. No more mush from me.

I hope you are having a wonderful sweet sixteen,

You are magnificent and your mother loves you.

~Mommy

25 comments:

  1. Lovely! Happy sweet sixteen, Rosy!

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  2. Very nice... Brought back memories of each of my daughters

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  3. what a great letter! Sweet 16...awww...the day! Happy Birthday Rosy!

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  4. Rosy is so lucky to be loved like you love her.

    Happy Birthday!!!

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  5. Happy Birthday, Rosy! Savor today and live happy.

    Suzanne, you are a phenomenal mommy. I wish you were my mom, except that you're totally like a heart-sister.

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  6. That was beautiful. Rosy is a lucky girl! Happy Sweet 16 Rosy. :-)

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  7. Oh, happy birthday, Rosy! I wrote you this birthday song:

    *hums to middle c*

    This is your birthday song
    it isn't very long.

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  8. Beautiful. Rosy is a lucky girl. Happy Birthday!

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  9. You just said, "You are my exhale."

    I'm a tiny bit in awe.

    Beautiful, but not maudlin. Well done.

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  10. Oh my! Suzy...words...how...but...that post brought me thisclose to tears! (Darn you! [I'm totally kidding. I <3 you!]) What a wonderful post! Happy birthday, Rosy!!

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  11. Happy B-day Rosy. What a beautiful note. What a great mom!

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  12. Suzy, I left you an award on my blog because I love your blog site (sorry I couldn't get my email to work and I wanted you to know).

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  13. Happy B'day Sweet Sixteen! You are a great Mom Suzanne. Sweet sweet words :)

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  14. Aw Mom. Such sweet sentiments for your daughter. Happy 16th.

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  15. A wonderful keepsake letter for your daughter. One I am sure she will treasure all of her days. Congratulations on Sweet Sixteen

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  16. Big Ole "Happy Birthday" to your daughter..You did a nice job....

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  17. Said like only you can say it. Are you available for hire?

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  18. Happy birthday!!

    Great tribute, Suzy!

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  19. Happy sweet sixteen :)

    Such a beautiful letter.

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  20. What a sweet birthday ode to your daughter.

    I love how you share that she smells the same as she did the day she was born. Such a connection there, from a motherly perspective.

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  21. Suzy, you make me cry almost every time I come over here :) What a lucky girl, to have a mom like you. And what a lucky mom, to have a daughter like her :) Happy birthday, Rosy!!

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  22. This made my eyes tear up, and I don't even know her. Happy Birthday.

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  23. Rosy is so lucky to be loved like you love her.

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