This little girl is 29 years old today. I don’t know what happened. It makes no sense to me the way the years fly by like this and now the time brings only memories to my heart and mind. This picture captures beautifully my daughter back in the day….a ball in one hand and the bottle always hanging out of her mouth. She never held that bottle with her hands – it always dangled just like you see it in this picture. And when she went to bed at night she still had it dangling out of her mouth like that while both hands were twirling her hair. Ahhh, how I wish we had digital cameras back then – the stories I could have captured in pictures would have been by the 100′s I’m sure!!!
I didn’t want a girl! Shameful to admit, I know, but the honest truth. I wanted a house full of little boys. Her dad and I had the name picked out just in case we had a girl. You know, back then it was rare that anyone knew what they were having – you had to wait ’til it was time. Anyway, we liked our girl name a lot……..and we got a girl……….so there you have it. It took me about a week to get used to having a girl……….but once my heart took over I was never to be the same. I can’t begin to tell you how much this child has filled my heart the last 29 years.
It seems that she must have been the perfect child by the way I’m speaking here. She was! She was perfect for me. Just what I needed. Emily was fiesty – quite the opposite of her wimpy/doormat of a mother. I loved that about her. She had her own personality that was NOTHING like mine and that was the best part. She was a tom-boy through and through. And no one got in Emily’s way – especially in our family………brother and step-brothers paid quite a price if they pissed her off! We laugh about it now……..but it wasn’t too funny back then!
I can’t imagine having gone through this life without my Emily. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about her and miss her terribly. I’m in Pennsylvania – she’s in New Mexico – is there anything to like about that? She’s a rock for me – yes she’s my child – but she’s my best friend in only the way mom’s and daughters become when they get older. No gift could ever surpass this love/relationship between me and my daughter. I have thanked God over and over and over again for giving me a girl. He knew what was best for me all along and I have never looked back with regret!
My Emily is now a new mother. She wanted a house full of boys too! God has dealt her the same hand He dealt me. Miss Cailyn Grace is now the life which envelops Emily’s heart (and mine too, once again!). Emily, may your heart be filled with all the joy you have given me the last 29 years. I love you more than you will ever know. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!