Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
I’ve done 16th birthdays 4 times before today–one for each son. As far as I knew from them, 16 meant just one thing: Driver’s License!
Now with the 16th birthday of Talitha, I find out my education has been stunted. Haven’t I ever heard of Sweet Sixteen? Yes, but I guess I have a lot to learn. Driver’s License? Yes, but it doesn’t have to be today. Sometime is fine. This birthday is a landmark.
Are you seeing lots of italics? That’s the way conversations have been for a year. Planning and replanning. Exulting over finally reaching the age when Mom and Dad said it would probably be time for a cell phone (somehow probably became promise). Beginning months ago scheduling a day that works for family to be together for birthday dinner. Counting and recounting how many people that will be.
Today is finally the birthday. Waking up to big 16s plastered all over the place. Breakfast cake in the morning. Abraham and Molly dropping by. Opening cards. Lunch date and shopping with Mom. Phone calls and messages. Cards. Facebook greetings. That’s so far.
Now, just to show how sweet our Sweet Sixteen daughter is, she’s using her own coupon for free pizza to get supper for us 3 tonight. She’s planning to decorate the dining room herself for the family celebration this weekend (0nce I get the room de-cluttered). And she’s already packaged small gifts for each of the families who’ll be here.
I can’t tell you what else is in store for Talitha. Let’s just say there are some surprises that are waiting for her this weekend.
In the meantime on this day that is the 16th anniversary of Talitha’s birth–Happy sweet sixteen to our sweet daughter.
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