My wee sweet girlie is twelve. Twelve! Wherever did the last twelve years vanish to? The day of Abby’s birth is crystal clear in my mind – the wonderful surprise of whether she would be an Abby or a Joshua; the utter, utter exhaustion when we arrived at our room, me hoping she would have a nice long sleep ’cause I was just too tired to be of any use; the dear little pink outfit my mum raced up to the hospital with; the quaint yellow floral, vintage hospital nightdress Abby wore, her little arms bent up above her head, her little legs lifted high in the air thanks to the bulky cloth nappy. Each memory is carefully etched in my mind’s eye.
And now today she’s twelve. And glorious – a lovely girl, full of love, compassion, wit, jolliness, imagination … just a lovely girl. And what more can we, as parents, hope for.
Last night, as I was putting her to bed, she asked if the table would be all set up specially for her birthday. Of course! I replied. Good, she smiled and snuggled into her pillow. And so it was … Out came the birthday tablecloth, bunting and birthday chair bag. There were gifts, and cards, and pancakes, and chocolate crackles to share at school.
And once the wee girlie was out of the house, wool/silk flowers to make for the table. Whilst shopping for Abby’s birthday dinner, I was around the corner from Tangled Yarns (yet another place I will oh so miss when we move) and just couldn’t resist this gorgeous silk/merino Malabrigo after seeing this. It was a delightful way to spend a couple of hours on the back porch – you know, preparing for the busyness to come :-).
This afternoon, we visited one of our favourite bookstores – yes, bookstores are Abby’s and my first preference for whiling away the hours – Coaldrakes, where we had hot chocolates (it was actually cool and wet here in Brisbane today!), gingerbread and lots and lots of book browsing. And then home again, to prepare for the special birthday dinner. Abby chose the menu – Crumbed lamb cutlets, Potato Dauphin, a tomato and fresh pea salad, and lemon meringue pie. Delicious. It has been a wonderful day and a beautiful evening. The big smiles say it all.
Birthdays are just grand!