Thursday, July 28, 2016

An eleventh birthday

Do you remember what it is like to be eleven?  It seems like such a long time ago, yet not long ago, at all.  My oldest, Jujubee, had her 11th birthday yesterday.  Memories of her birth flooded me, as all moms experience, I’m sure.  And then memories from my own eleventh year came, and I realized how different our lives are, at this age.  

She is a lot like me, my shy, quiet, friendly, brown hair, dark eyed girl who loves to read.  Yet, she is so much different from me at the same time - especially in height!  Her daddy can definitely take credit for that!  Our lives are just so different, me being a public schooled child, and her being homeschooled, and her having 2 sisters.  I’m grateful for this. 

With her birthday being on a Wednesday, and Daddy not being able to be with us, we had a quiet, relaxing, but fun day.  She chose all her favorite foods ahead of time, and I prepared them happily, as they are favorites for most of us.  She spent a lot of time reading Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban, even though she said she would wait.  I knew she couldn’t!  She has been waiting for 6 months to read book 3, so she snuck time in whenever she could.  The beach also called to us, so we went to a local lake and had some fun in the sand and water.  Presents and cake, and a phone call to a favorite cousin wrapped up the day.  Overall, it was a lovely day for a lovely girl.  

I’m so lucky to be her momma.  Whenever I need help, she is there without complaint.  In homeschooling, she is so dedicated and smart that she barely needs me.  Something to be proud of, yet sad for at the same time.  Time is slipping by so quickly, and it is hitting me that there are only 7 years between now and her 18th birthday.  The thought scares me a bit.  Will she be ready?  Did I do a good job?  What will her life be like?  What will the world be like?  

But those are thoughts for the future, and right now, I’m just going to enjoy every moment I have with my newly 11 year old daughter, and her little sisters.  

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