Tuesday, September 01, 2009

The Birthday Card

Today is my 45th birthday. Shocking in some ways. It seemed like when I was a kid, summer lasted forever. Then, as a teen, I couldn't wait to get my drivers license. Then I hit 20 and 20 to 40 flew by so fast, I couldn't believe it. Now it's 45. It's not so bad really, doesn't bother me. I remember when I was 18 and my mother was 36 and I thought she was ancient and there was me, a few months after turning 36 having a baby!

Well, the baby is growing up, hitting "double digits" as she keeps telling me. I want to (and do) encourage her to be herself, be strong, independent and at the same time I want to wrap her in bubble wrap forever. I want to encourage her to spread her wings and fly when she's ready and yet, I want her with me always, which isn't fair to her. For now, I'll take the 'tween part for what it is and will start recording when she says "I'll never leave here", "I'll always love you" and "you're my BFF" and in a couple years when we're locking horns, play it back for her. In the meantime, I have saved all the cards, notes, little gifts she has made me and leaves laying around for me to find (like the "I love you mommy" bookmark she slipped in a book I was reading and replaced the bookmark I was using).

This is the birthday card she made for me this year:

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And for the record, yes, I shed a tear or two.

16 comments:

Stacy said...

Happy Birthday! What a great card. You are a very lucky mama.

Sheila said...

Happy Birthday!

Gina K said...

Have a wonderful birthday! (I know what you mean about 20's-40's just flying by. I will be 39 next year...so hard for me to believe how quickly life passes us by, yet as a kid it seemed to drag on forever)!
I love your birthday card! Kids are the greatest, aren't they? :o)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you are having a great day. You are really lucky to have a kid that is nice enough to even remember your 45th birthday. Time just flies by so fast I can't believe it. I can remember when I was a little kid. Now time is flying by and I am getting older and older by the day. Again, I hope you are having a great birthday.

Elena

noricum said...

Happy birthday!!!

tinaopp said...

45!? A mere babe. Have a great Birthday, i love you!

mom2am said...

Happy Birthday!
What a lovely card!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Deneen! I saw a little girl in Stop and Shop today that looked just like your daughter when she was missing those front teeth. I can't believe she's growing up so fast.
Kathy
losingmymind2@yahoo.com

Sara said...

Awwww! Happy Birthday!

Linda said...

That's great that you two have such a good relationshihp. I don't think my mom and I became friends until I was in my 30s.
For the record, you don't look like you're 45. I'd put you between 30 and 35.

Laura said...

Happy birthday! Elena seems like such a sweet kid! My mom and I unfortunately, were never very close. I was closer to my dad, growing up. My daughter is already acting like a moody preteen, unfortunately. Some days she's all hugs and affection, and other days she doesn't want anything to do with me, particularly when she's around her girl cousins (then she gets embarrassed by any kind of attention).

Mimi said...

Aww...Happy Birthday! Love the card, cute drawings ;)

Deneen said...

Thanks all (especially your comment Linda ;)). Had a great day-friends popped in, dinner with family and friends, friends popped in after dinner with some wine. Really a nice, quiet day, which is perfect. It's all good!

Wendy said...

Happy Birthday! Your daughter is sweet!

Tiffany said...

Happy Birthday!!

Alexis said...

What a sweet card. I'm glad you and Elena have such a good relationship (my mom and I do now, but we didn't when I was that age!). Happy belated birthday! Glad it was a good one!!

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