Tuesday, May 22, 2012

My Little Girl

There's a lot to love about my little girl.  Just ask her fiance; he'll be glad to share.  So will her mother-in-law-to-be..... and her brother.... and her co-workers....and I.

I'll share the morning I complimented her matching attire. Before I could get the orange juice on the table she had been up and down the stairs, switching her socks and her skirt and there she was, hair going every which way, her eyes frantic as she begged me to reassure her that this was better, that nothing went together anymore. 

She was choosing her own clothes and dressing herself; I honestly didn't care what the pre-school teachers thought. 

The other parents might look askance, but their children flocked to her side.  In first grade she came home flummoxed and out of sorts.  The girls in her class had made up a list to take the guess work out of who would get to sit next to Little Cuter at lunch.  Another child might have been flattered; my girl was annoyed.  Didn't she have a say in the matter?  What made them think that she was that important?  She hadn't done anything to merit such attention... or so she thought.

I smiled, remembering TBG's oft repeated advice on how to be cool - just act as if you don't care. Her trick was that she really didn't care.  She didn't keep score.  She was friends with everyone.

Nothing had changed by middle school.  "Mom, why do the kids fight with one another?  If you're not mad at anyone you can sit anywhere you like at lunch.  Why don't they get it?"  It was a good question then and it's a good question now. She still gets along with everyone; it's just easier that way.

Her job vanished as the office closed its doors.  She started the next one just as her severance pay ran out.  Efficient human that she is, there was even time for a week off between job search and job start.  She was unemployed but not uninvolved.  Every day included some kind of work on her future.  She wasn't bogged down, she was just delayed by a brief hiccup. 

Turns out that this new job has real chance for growth.  She's on her first business trip right now, and feeling pretty good about herself.  Today is her birthday and she's celebrating in style: a road trip, not with her mom but with colleagues.  She's officially a big girl, even if she'll always be my baby.

Twenty-seven years ago you arrived on the scene, somewhat reluctantly if the truth be told.  Today, there's not a reluctant bone in your body.  You embrace the world and its challenges with open arms and a willingness to learn and to help and to do it well. 

The world is a better place because you are in it, Little Cuter. 
Happy Happy Birthday!

8 comments:

  1. A very Happy Birthday to Little Cuter from The Cheeses--you go, girl! xoxo

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  2. Happy Birthday Little Cuter! It's no wonder you turned out so awesome; you have an awesome mom and dad!

    Enjoy your day.


    Megan xxx

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  3. I still don't understand why you can't just get along with everyone. Makes life (and job hunting!) so much easier :). I love your face. Like, a lot.

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    1. And I love your face just as much, sweetie!
      mama (a/b)

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  4. What an awesome birthday present - better than any card from Hallmark. Nice job, a/b!

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  5. This warmed my heart, I look forward to reading more. So glad you came in to get anti virus software and our paths crossed. You write very well and I love the nick name for your daughter. :)

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  6. Welcome to The Burrow, Disnie <3 You were great on the phone this morning.... and I'm so glad you followed through and left me a comment. I'll be thinking of you reading me every morning, with Megan and FAMBB .
    a/b

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  7. Yes, I love Little Cuter because she is always positive and she always makes the best of every situation. She is fun to be around!
    I really loved the picture. We need to have some pictures of the kids when they were small at their wedding. :)

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