As I sit here pondering what to write, I reflected for a moment on my life. I saw my daughter’s baby picture situated on a shelf off to the left of my computer. I soon realized that my little girl will turn 17 this year…in a few more years, she’ll be 21 years old. Geez, where’d all that time go?!
I wondered what would I say to her once she gets to that age. A poem came to mind, so I figured I’d write a poem for my daughter’s future self. This is what I came up with:
“Happy Birthday Chloe
you’re finally 21,
You’re at that age
where you can enjoy illegal adult fun
Remember when you were young
when you dressed up and pretended to be old
To be a full-grown woman
was to be daring and bold
As time passed on,
you played the game of life
The need to be an adult woman
was joined by the desire to be a wife
You’re finally a woman,
with many birthdays gone by
The youthfulness is still in you
as the clouds are in the sky
Age doesn’t matter
so don’t let it bother you
Just be yourself and in the end
to your heart you will be true
Be cheerful, be happy
you’re now 21,
Happy Birthday Chloe
and many more to come.”
Today is your birthday
a time when wishes come true,
a card, a cake, a present, a party
are all awaiting you
These are things you would expect
on this auspicious day,
but my gift to you would be a special one
in each and every way
I’d offer you the beauties of nature,
the sunset, the flowers, the rainbow;
gift-wrapped, sealed and delivered with care
as you deserve them so
So when this day passes
and the days and months go by
Just look out any window
and my gifts will still be there,
as the clouds are in the sky.
Today as I am writing this blog, I am in complete shock at the fact that my daughter is turning 16 years old today (AND also at the fact that I’m someone’s dad). I truly cannot believe that my first born child is slowly growing into a young woman. This is the very child whom I cradled in my arms in the wee morning hours trying to get her to sleep.
Yes I know that it’s inevitable, but I’m amazed at how time flew by. It’s as if I’m in a water tube slide and the laws of physics temporarily sped up; all the events that I shared with my daughter were merely subconscious flashbacks appearing before my eyes as I descended to the bottom.
“WOW!!!” is all I can say. To see this strong, intelligent and ambitious girl attaining goals and dreams that I would never dare to do is completely mind-boggling…maybe I’m awed at that fact that I share DNA genes with her. Every day I am surprised at what she is capable of doing and am truly proud.
I guess the whole point of this post is just me reflecting on the past and how I relish my experiences as a parent with my children. I’m not the best parent in the world but I’m definitely not the worst by any means. I’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way and grew as a person, but I feel like I did an okay job.
I look forward toward the future and am anxiously awaiting for my daughter and son to astonish me, whether it be something big or something small. It is because of them that I am inspired to do things and explore things that will surprise them as well. Hopefully along the way I can slow down time and defy the laws of physics to savor every moment.