A beautiful baby girl was born.
Never did I expect to experience life as a mother for the first time with nothing but pure happiness. She taught me to look for hidden laughter. Example, babies do dig in their poop diapers and when it's all over their face, don't ask, "What is that?"
She taught me that little things mean a lot. Example, she was attached not only to a favorite cabbage patch doll which she named Blue Baby but also a cd cover of Whitney Houston. Hard to explain why she was crying because her "Weenit" picture wasn't in the diaper bag.
She taught me to relax when she climbed up on chairs and tables and jumped off. She taught me to be calm when she bit a hole in her tongue the size of a quarter. Holding her hand as I drove to the ER, I realized just how precious she was and also how addicted to gum she was, after not being able to chew it for a few weeks.
She taught me that it's good to make up songs and sing them to anyone who was willing to listen, after all, everyone needs a little music in their lives. Who cares if it was the Annie song, Tomorrow, that she sung over and over again.
She taught me to appreciate the talent and abilities in people, no matter who they are. In her acting days, she thought Whoopi Goldberg was the greatest and wrote a letter to tell her so. She also watched the movie Ghost over and over again, at 6 years old. I have no idea what it was about that movie that she liked but she did.
She taught me that it was okay to eat an apple every day because it was preparing her to become the vegetarian that she is today.
She taught me to see love and beauty in everything. When her and her sister would play in their mud pool (too poor to afford a real pool...kidding) it was like the greatest thing ever.
Most of all, she taught me that being her mommy has been the greatest joy of my life.
I hope that you have a wonderful birthday. Although you're now a married woman, I will always think of you as my baby. Thank you for being a precious treasure in my life.
Happy Birthday, Ev'Yan! I love you!
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
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