Recently, we celebrated my daughter’s birthday. 21.
Yep. The BIG ONE. This is the one everyone looks forward to. Except when you get to my age. Then you just dread each one, and at the same time just hope you can MAKE IT to the next day, much less the next birthday.
What do you buy your daughter for her 21st birthday? I mean, besides a bottle of Jack Daniels, of course. Well, you’ll be happy to know I didn’t buy her a bad movie that I might have wanted to watch. Nope. Just what kind of father do you think I am.
No. Instead, I bought her a book about a bad movie! Hey, don’t blame me. She said she wanted to read it. Or did a dream that . . . Nevertheless, I bought her the book, and maybe one or two other things.
I also took her out to eat. We went to El Chico’s, one of her favorite restaurants, and we had a great time. We ate everything we wanted and then some. We even ordered an outrageous (yet highly delicious) chocolate monstrosity that the three of us shared for dessert.
And, of course, I asked the workers to sing happy birthday to her. Hey! I’m her dad. I’m supposed to embarrass her!!
But she doesn’t embarrass me – even when she has the chance. And believe me, she’s had plenty.
No. I’ve been proud of her every day for the past 21 years.
21 years . . . ? How can that even be possible? Where does the time go?
As with everyone, we’ve had our share of ups and downs in life. There have been some bad times, of course. But there have been more good times. More reasons to celebrate than despair.
More reasons to look back over the years with fondness rather than regret.
More love than anything.
I couldn’t be prouder of her if she was my own . . . well, thankfully, she is.
I have no idea where the next 21 years will take us. Or the adventures we’ll have.
I’m just glad to know that she will be a part of it. And I look forward to seeing her continue to grow and blossom as she nears completing college.
All I can say is, Thank You for being such a wonderful daughter. I am more proud of you than you’ll ever know. I’ve loved you every day over the past 21 years. And I’ll continue to love and support you in the days ahead.