My little girl turned 9 this month. While so far we have a million good memories and smiles it dawned on me shortly after her birthday that in the same amount of time she’ll be in college! What!?!?! Makes me shake my head. It all is going by so very fast. This isn’t so much a surprise as it is a reality. Most people I know who have older kids have told me regularly to embrace every second as it goes by so very fast. I’m here to tell you that so far they are right.
What I also know is this sweet 9 year old girl has taught me so much more than she knows. She’s taught me that nearly every event that involves leaving the house should excite me to the point of jumping up and down. She’s taught me to love bubble gum pop music, so much so that I run with many of her favorite songs in my running playlist. She’s taught me to love more deeply. Her tears in movies when a good character gets hurt makes me tear up. She’s taught me to be bolder. Wearing mismatched sock like no one cares is liberating and fun. Who knows, I might even start wearing bright socks to work with my suits – it looks like fun. She’s taught me know matter how smart I think I am I’ll never fully understand women. She’s also taught me that a hug and a kiss can make everything ok.
She’s one of a kind filled to the brim with awesome. I couldn’t be prouder of her.
Her birthday events lasted only about 10 days this year, down from roughly 3 weeks last year. 🙂 First at 1×1 sleepover with her good friend Lucy. Then the family party at Thi’s Vietnamese in Rock Hill on her actual birthday. Side note for locals: eat at this restaurant and don’t order from the menu. Ask Thi to choose for you and to prepare something nice. We’ve never had anything we didn’t like yet rarely have experienced any of the food she serves. Along with the cake we brought, she made homemade donuts with tons of powdered sugar which Stewart absolutely loved! Then a lunch party at her school. Then a skate party at Kate’s Skates in Rock Hill. Yep – mom and dad skating in all our glory. We learned that the skating rink smell is unchanged in 25 years. I also learned that I might actually be a better ice skater than roller skater (this is a low bar). Stewart loved every second of it – 10 girls yipping and yapping about a rink for hours. I still loved seeing Stewart spend time with the weaker skaters to make sure they didn’t feel left out – she’s got a good heart.
Lastly, Stewart and I enjoyed a Daddy/Daughter date to witness some amazing high school girls receive awards for their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math abilities. We dressed up and had a fancy dinner at the Ritz in downtown Charlotte. Memorable good times for just the two of us.
She seemed to have a great few days. See for yourself – slideshow of her birthday can be found here.
We’ve had a fun month in March…see other random events in this slideshow.