I'M OFFICIALLY THE MOTHER OF A TEENAGER | YVETTE'S 13TH B-DAY
I Am Now Officially The Mother Of A Teenager. Yikes!
Holy cow, the day is finally here. My beautiful, spunky, smart, quirky baby girl is thirteen.Thirteen. I'm sure she felt like this day would never get here. To me, the years have flown with blinding speed. How in the world did it all go by so fast?
It's days like this that being a single Mom with two jobs is hard. What I'd love to do most in the world is yank her out of school just for the day and hang out with her. Just the two of us. I want to sit on the couch and watch cheesy romantic comedies and paint each other's toenails - badly. I want to make popcorn and have a contest to see who can catch the most in their mouth by throwing it up in the air. I want to make a giant fort in the living room with bedsheets and crawl inside with her and two dozen stuffed animals. I want to ride bikes and skip rocks in puddles and swing and swing and swing.
I want to have her whole childhood again, because I honestly didn't get enough of it the first time. I don't know if I could get enough of it in a hundred lifetimes.
And now I look at this amazing young woman who makes me crazy almost as often as she makes me proud, and I wonder what I did in my life that was so right to have ever deserved the likes of her. In my wildest pre-motherhood dreams, I could never have envisioned all that she'd become, to herself, to me, or someday, to the world.
I'm not meant to be here forever, and she and her brother are my little piece of immortality. The author, Neil Postman once said, "Children are the living message we send to a time we will not see." I look at her and I know my message is safe within her kind heart, her thinking and reasoning mind, her marvelous sense of humor, and her patient and tolerant nature. I also know that along with the lessons I've taught her, she also carries the lessons she's taught me - and they are, by far, the more valuable of the two.
Happy thirteenth birthday to my beloved Anna. Go grab that horizon, my girl. The world is yours.
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