Monday, August 12, 2013

Happy Birthday, Mikayla




She's always been an "old soul"...even as an infant, family and friends would comment on the wisdom and serenity that surrounded her....Growing up, it was easy to see an incredible strength, an uncanny maturity, and an overwhelming sense of empathy that she carries herself with to this day....

She's fiercely independent...but willing to ask for guidance and direction from us when life has her somewhat befuddled....

She's extremely gifted with creativity...her long, slender fingers flying across a drawing pad, or plucking away at the violin strings as she creates beautiful pictures or music....

She's a natural leader with her classmates, offering her own guidance whether in the crowded hallways, the crazy lunchroom, or on Friday night sleepovers....

She's the girl who, without asking or prompting, will use her creativity in the kitchen...baking up delicious treats for the family, or whipping up fried-egg sandwiches for fellow family members....

She's the girl who, after less than twenty four hours in New York City, walked confidently up and down the streets of Manhattan, as if she owned the place...and had no hesitation maneuvering her way around in the subway system....

She's the girl who can cry during a Broadway show...giggle like crazy while tickling her long-suffering father...and laugh hysterically at the antics of our pets....

She's the girl who will spend an hour in the bathroom, fiddling with her styling products, her make-up, and her jewelry, so she can look like the perfect girl...and yet walk out, don a pair of jean shorts, and go throw a football around for hours with her brother....

She's the girl who would squeeze herself into the back of the Mustang this summer - her long legs twisted like a pretzel - just so her younger cousin could sit comfortably in the front seat of the car....

She's the girl who loves her cats ferociously, sitting patiently while the felines purr relentlessly and rub against her face - all the while knowing that she's horribly allergic to them, and will suffer the consequences later with prolonged sneezing and stuffiness....

She's the girl who has decided that her 'practical' career will involve math or science - most likely in medicine...but knows that she'll indulge her art and music, as well, as "hobbies"....

She would paint the New York City skyline in her bedroom if given the chance...she would dye her hair purple if given the chance...and she would spend every waking moment cuddled with her mom and her dad if given the chance....

She's my baby...who turns a staggering 14 years old today.

Happy birthday, my dear, dear Daughter.

I love you more.

Peace.

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1 comment:

karen hoppe said...

So sweet. My baby will turn 14 next year. There is nothing more in life than the love you have for your kids. And a mother's love for her daughter....ah well, that's the best!!! Congrats to you both