I can't believe it! My little girl is 9! Well, she'll be 9 in two days.
Parents will understand the paradox that the years seem to have flown by, yet, it seems like an eternity since she was a baby. Without photographs or video -- luckily we have a lot of both -- I would hardly remember what she sounded like and looked like when she was small.
The so-called "tween" years are a lot of fun. I love watching her grow. I'm convinced that my daughter, somehow, is my purpose, my raison d'être. As she becomes more mature, more of a complete (for lack of a better term) person, I see my destiny, in a sense, unfolding. It's really cool . . . and kind of scary. I just hope that I've done the right things so far and will continue to shephard her through this crazy life until she is ready to start her own flock.
I love her so much! She's my baby girl! I can't wait to tell her this in the morning.
Happy Birthday, Munkins. You're the best thing -- or at least tied for first with your mom -- that ever happened to your old man.