My first and only child is celebrating her 3rd birthday today. What a wonderful person she has become. I have the rare privilege of being a papa that has so much time off due to the nature of my job that I can spend a lot of time with her. I remember when she was born, I was off for the summer and had two months to be with her and Ariana as we adjusted to our new lives as a family together. I relish the time I have to spend with this little person. She has quite a way with people and we never go unnoticed while out in public. She is the first to initiate a conversation with anyone she sees, asking, “What’s your name?” which is usually followed by “What are you doing?”
Among Amelia’s favorite things are: Mama, going out to a restaurant, strawberries, salmon, bread, watermelon, popsicles, the library, books, Kipper, Pingu, mud, dirt, digging, preschool, visiting Grandma and Grampy, the carousel, going downtown, OMSI, and drinking tea. I cherish the times that we have to take walks together, not walking more than 3 feet before we have to stop and look at something that she sees. I even cherish the times that I have to get up with her so often at night just to hold her when she cries. I appreciate that I can still put my cheek on hers and she doesn’t push me away.
I just don’t understand how Ariana and I got so blessed as to have this amazing person in our lives. She is so loving and kind, so self-assured and outgoing. She is such a good kid. She rarely ever makes a scene in public. Being out with her is pure delight. She is constantly amazed by the world and is working so hard to understand it: “Why, Papa, why?” I appreciate how she causes me to bend down and notice the world from a different perspective.
So raise your glasses to Mimi. Happy Birthday!