Sunday, August 16, 2009

Our girl

Our girl child has always known how to shine.



From the time she was a tiny person, she has always known how to surprise us. (Where's the ceiling fan?" asks the father type. He is trying to see if the girl child, too small to walk or talk or crawl yet, really knows where her toes are or if it was just a coincidence that she looked at her toes when they were mentioned. He doesn't expect the girl child to know what a ceiling fan is, and so thinks it's the perfect test. What does the girl child do? She looks at the ceiling fan hanging overhead.)



She grew up surrounded by friends from a young age. (She's the third from the left.) And she's still friends with them too.




She's always been willing to try new things. Even if they don't turn out to be her thing. (Paintball is her brother's thing.)



And she tends to charge ahead with lots of commitments even when we warn her she doesn't have the time for them. I'm often glad she does. (She would never have been happy if she hadn't joined the high school theater group. She played the witch in Into the Woods here.)




She was my little ballerina.



Who blossomed into a real one.




She made it through high school, despite the all nighters, as the valedictorian of her class. We were so proud.




And who would have thought, back when we took her to reunions for the first time




That we would attend my 25th reunion with my daughter proudly marching in the p-rade as a member of the future class of 2012.



She survived her first year at college with flying colors, doing the usual thing -- way too many commitments -- but managing it all with flair. At the end of the school year, she flew off for a month of study abroad in Spain.





She's grown from a wonderful, precocious, photogenic child




To a beautiful, intelligent, and talented woman.



Happy birthday, Bunny. I love you.



And your boyfriend's ok too.

28 comments:

Cari said...

Oh Margaret ... your post is wonderful. What a beautiful child you have. I can tell you are very, very proud! Happy Birthday girl child!!

Loraine said...

What a lovely post. What a beautiful daughter, you must be very proud.

Sail Away is looking great. If you want to sell your linen and buttons when you are done to my S-I-L, she would love them.
Have a great Sunday.

Cari said...

What a wonderful, heartfelt post from an obviously proud mom. What a beautiful accomplished woman your daughter is.

Alma Allen said...

Your daughter is lovely. Hope her birthday was a fun one! She has grown into a wonderful woman. Don't you wish you could go back about 10-12 years and spend an afternoon or even 15 minutes with her again? They grow up all too fast!

valerie said...

Happy birthday to the girl child! Beautiful tribute to her and wonderful photos!

Vonna said...

What a wonderfully moving tribute to your dear daughter. You are right, she is a lovely, distinguished young woman - you both should be proud!
Happy Birthday!

Isabelle said...

Oh My God, margaret , your post is just wonderful with so beautiful photos of your wonderful girl.
You must be really proud :-)
Happy birthday to your pretty girl!!
Isabelle

Cathy Lloyd said...

Oh she is just darling! You can be so proud of the girl child! Loved reading and seeing pictures!

Karoline said...

What a lovely post. Happy birthday to your daughter

Anne said...

Happy Birthday Girl Child from Far Flung Friends. What a wonderful retrospective. I hope you have duplicated it in some physical format for her to keep. Simply Amazing!

Deb said...

Margaret, your post is so wonderful. You must be so very proud of all the accomplishments she's made through her life. But, of course, you also have to give yourself so much of the credit because it was with your love and guidance that got her through so many of these things.

Give her a hug and a Happy Birthday from me.

KsMaryLou said...

What a lovely and moving tribute to The Girl Child. You and your husband have done such a wonderful job of giving her freedom and yet keeping her very well grounded. Happy Birthday to a lovely young woman.

cindy said...

The pictures tell all. Special tribute to a special daughter

woolwoman said...

Awesome tribut to a very beautiful and obviously bright and talented young lady! I bet she was an exquisite ballerina. congratulations mom and dad on a job well done! best wishes for another great year of school - Mel

doris said...

Oh, that gave me chills all the way through! Congratulations to all of you.

Jan said...

What a wonderful post, Margaret, and what a dear, sweet daughter you have to be proud of, and proud you should be!!

Happy Birthday to the girl child!

Siobhan said...

What a wonderful post, Margaret!! Loved all the pictures.

Happy birthday MM! Wishing you a year of happiness and health and lots of fun!

Sherry said...

She is just beautiful and I can tell how proud you are of her. What a lovely post and tribute to her!

dixiesamplar said...

What a beautiful girl child! And so accomplished...you must be so proud! Happy birthday my dear!

Michelle said...

What a sweet post - happy birthday to her!!

Ranae said...

what a beautiful young lady she has grown to be

Tanya said...

What a special post to your daughter! Happy Birthday to her. You can't help to wonder what she will accomplish tomorrow.

Lisa said...

Margaret, I love your post. Happy Birthday May May!

Loretta said...

Oh, Margaret, the first photo of you and Dave bring back such memories. It's still how I picture you all! She is a beautiful, accomplished young woman.

Kim said...

You have every right to be proud! What a great daughter you've raised!! Great post! :o)

Bill and Muriel said...

We share your joy. She is indeed a lovely woman.

Cindy F. said...

Beautiful daughter and such wonderful pics! Awesome tribute to her:)

Joke said...

Margaret, there's so much love speaking from this post, you are a beautiful mother with a beautiful dughter! and I love your stitching too LOL