Thursday, December 13, 2007

Katy Is 20? How Can That Be?


Twenty sounds too grown up.

An age we used to joke about ...

when it was far in your future.

As in,

"Well, maybe when you're twenty young lady, but for now, you can forget about ... (INSERT SILLY OR DANGEROUS REQUEST HERE)

Now you are there, no longer a teen.

(The answer is still NO by the way)

First baby, you can't believe the things you taught us ...

they're too numerous to list here.

Love and Laughter mostly,

but other things too.

Like

dancing to Raffi,
how to stand up and run in a canoe,
(that gator wasn't going to eat you)

knowing each line in The Little Mermaid ..." You want thingamabobs?",

the location of every emergency care center within 50 miles,

the importance of seatbelts and car insurance,

the sheer unbeatable coziness of snuggling and reading a good book ...
like Ferdinand The Bull.
Too much, and I said I wouldn't list them,
so I'll stop,
but you know what I mean.
So this birthday makes us nostalgic
for the funny baby, toddler, kid, teen we knew.
Forgive us for being selfish and silly,
but we're parent's after all.
The truth is ...
You are right where we wished you'd be,
twenty years ago today.
Happy Birthday Katy-Bug!

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Katy!
20 is a great age, the beginning of all things possible. Just ask anyone over 30... ;)

Laura Vsea

Paintsmh said...

Happy Birthday Katy!!!!

threecollie said...

Happy birthday to a wonderful girl who surely landed in a wonderful place.

robin andrea said...

Happy birthday to your beautiful Katie on her 20th. Good bye to teen years, and hello 21 next!

Leslie said...

What a sweet post. They grow up SO fast, don't they? And every year is better than the year before. Love the Bud can, it made me chuckle.

Happy Birthday, Katy... and if your dad says the answer is still NO, listen to him. He knows what he's talking about!

Sharon said...

Awww, Happy Birthday! :)

(I sure didn't expect to come here today and be moved to tears! Never know what to expect from PF)

;o)

ArtfulSub said...

Beautifully written. I hope you completely forget about it. And she saves it and treasures it.

Then 20 years from now...

kathy a. said...

happy birthday, katy!

eyemkmootoo said...

Alcohol, a motor vehicle, and a minor. Of course, this had to be before you went to FLETC. :)

eyemkmootoo said...

And now, after reading your post, I'm getting sentimental and weepy thinking about my own "little ones" and birthdays past. Thanks FC. :)

Floridacracker said...

Laura,
It's true. 20 is spectacular. I liked it so much I did it twice and some exra.

Paint,
:)

3C,
We think so too!

Robin,
Thanks, but can I adjust to 20 before we head to 21?
:)

Leslie,
Thanks for that support.
:)
They do grow up too fast.

Sharon,
Gee, I didn't get damp-eyed writing it ;)

Artful,
Thanks.I like that idea.

Kathy A,
:) She had her last final of the semester tonight on her birthday!
Poor thing.

Kmoo,
LOL!
After actually, but she designated a driver that day.
Glad it triggered memories for you.

Rurality said...

Cute pic! But surely you're not old enough to have a 20-year old kid... she adopted you, right? :)

Floridacracker said...

Rurality,
Yes, yes, that was it. She adopted me.
;)

Cathy S. said...

Oh, so sweet. Happy Birthday to Katie!

Deb said...

Happy 20th, Katy!!! Only less than ten years before my oldest hits that age...it will go fast....

kathy a. said...

aww, katy! hope the final went well.

my son will be 21 in 6 months! daughter will be 19 next month! i just can't grasp how fast those years went. so many sweet bunches of memories; and i love seeing and knowing how they have grown and changed, and also those wonderful parts of them that are at their solid cores.

Bug said...

I LOVE YOU DADDY WITH ALL MY HEART.
Love, Bugzini