Saturday, November 8, 2008
Seven Is A Magic Number
We have another birthday weekend in the works here at Team Lawson. Sloane turns seven tomorrow. She is feeling giddy-excited. I am feeling a myriad of emotions. My mind is swirling with the To Do Lists for all the celebrations, including a luau. My head is full of love and pride for the incredible little lady she is becoming. My heart aches for my baby. It always gets better; every year, every stage, every age. Each new milestone brings with it more joy. I have loved every year and enjoyed every single day.
As much as I love each new day, I long for the warm sleeping infant sounds. I long for the one-year-old-babble that sounded like nothing so much as Boo on Monsters, Inc. I long for the curly headed toddler who used bigger words than some grown ups. I long for the preschooler who was so proud to go to school for a half day. I miss the kindergartner who thought the books she could read were way to dull to bother with. I will miss the six year old who approaches every day as an adventure and believes that chapter books are really whole new worlds to explore.
I am so grateful that Sloane will carry all of those versions of herself on her journey into the future. And me? I will keep them safely wrapped up here in my heart. All these beautiful days with my wonderful girl. My most perfect gift from a Father who loves me.
Will I sit by her bed tonight and cry as I have every year on the night before her birthday? Of course I will.
I will also sneak gaily wrapped packages and balloons into her room for her to see when she first opens her eyes. I will smile and celebrate, hug and kiss, party and dance, take too many pictures and allow way too much cake. Life is good and birthdays are fabulous! And tears? They just affirm a heart full of love.
Happy birthday to my sweet, sweet girl.
A birthday cake drawn by Sloane. The original belongs to Tangobaby, for her birthday.
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