Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Seventeen years ago today I was holding my new baby in my arms. I was only a baby myself.

I promised her lots of things that day. Don't we all? I promised her I'd find her a reasonably sane father. I promised her a puppy. I promised her I'd try to avoid the mistakes made by the people who raised me. I mean, we all make mistakes... but why compound them?

I promised not to pin my hopes and dreams on her. And I didn't.

Dear Amazing Girl,

Happy Grown Up! I don't care what anyone says. When you're seventeen you may as well be eighteen. The world views you grown. Other kids would shrink at the idea... but not you. You came out wanting to stand, and ran before you could crawl. You had a full vocabulary including words like "Parched" and "Beverage" by the time you were two.

You're hitting your stride now and I couldn't be prouder or more envious. I'm in love with your easy way and your independence. All of a sudden I feel a woman next to me. And she's a woman I'd be lucky to call friend.

Now, take out the garbage and get me a fresca.



  1. happy b'day to your little "adult"..

  2. Awww :) that's gorgeous - Happy b-day to your little adult!

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  3. Tell her Happy Birthday! Mine will be turning 17 in less than a month.

  4. Happy Birthday to your mini-you!

    They grow up so very, very fast. Mine's 22 and way too independent for her own good sometimes. Still, I'm proud she has a good head on her shoulders. (Hugs)Indigo

  5. Happy Birthday to the woman Suzy feels lucky to call Friend!

    A lovely, loving post Suzy. The time does fly, doesn't it.

  6. Is prouder a word? Or should it be more proud? I like prouder. Hmmmmm.... thanks guys! Oh.. and it's me. I mean the OTHER me. So I'm allowed to critique me. Hahahahaha

  7. Happy Birthday to your "Baby"!
    I've a 17 yr old girl too, tho she's nearly 18 now! Don't know where the years went, but it is lovely to be able to have a decent conversation again, most of the time!

  8. This is a lovely post for a daughter to find. There was nothing I loved better than having my mom be my #1 fan. There is nothing that I love better now than being the #1 fan of my son!

    Happy birthday!

  9. Beautiful!

    Happy birthday to your girl.

    I promise my babies things too. Hmmm...

  10. Happy Birthday to your beautiful young woman! My daughter is 17 too. It's a HUGE time. Take lots of deep breaths and always hold tight to the words you wrote today.

  11. What a wonderful post. You are so lucky to have each other. Your daughter is really beautiful.