Friday, February 10, 2012

Ten Things I Know at Ten.

February 11 is Child #1's tenth birthday and here are a sampling of the things I've learned in the ten years since she entered my life.

1. This is the cutest baby Christmas card picture ever taken in the history of the world. And it underscores an important fact about Child #1.

2. Which is that she's a New Yorker. If I had known what that meant before she was born I might have arranged to give birth across state lines. In New Jersey or Conneticut perhaps, because Child #1 is:

3. Fierce. Unstoppable. A Force of Nature.

4. Which are amazing qualities to have, unless you happen to be the parent of someone with those qualities. I don't mind too much because I know that someday Child #1 will be, well, whatever she wants to be. If you don't believe me, just try standing in her way.

5. I know Child #1 will never want for money. This fact is born out by the abundance of one dollar bills shoved into her purple Wildlife Safari wallet and her reluctance to part with ANY of them.

6. Or candy. She's one of the only kids I know who is completely Atkinesque in her dietary choices. Rare steak and bacon, yes please. Noodles or Nerds, how disgusting!

7.  I also know that someday Child #1 will grow up and get married, or she won't. Whatever she decides she'll be the one in control because according to her, "Boys are good as long as they're under control. That's what I'm good at, keeping them under control."

8. At her first date, wedding, commitment ceremony or future gig as a dominatrix she'll wear something amazing.

9. None of her friends will be annoyed by her innate and infallible sense of style because they will have been longterm beneficiaries of Item # 3 above. Don't mess with her friends. She'll break your knees or argue with you until you want to break your own knees.

10. She still adores her brother, plays with legos, makes up stories about Pygmy Puffs, turns cartwheels instead of walking, laughs until she falls out of her chair, mispronounces big words and kinda, sorta believes in Santa Claus. I know the days for this kind of silly, wonderful behavior are numbered, so I'm making a point to treasure every one.

Happy Tenth Birthday Child #1


Hart Johnson said...

Oh happy birthday to Child #1! She sounds amazing! (and very much like the Aquarian Horse she is--the former leading to people who are ABSOLUTELY their own people and the latter leading to an independence streak a mile wide). Both are very strong, but the Aquarius also tempers that with tolerance.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Happy birthday to your daughter! She is going to scare boys when she's a teenager.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Happy Birthday to her! She sounds like a pretty amazing kid. :)

Sabrina A. Fish said...

Watch out world.

Your daughter sounds amazing. Happy Birthday to her.

Pame Brennan said...

Happy Birthday to her! AND great job mama!

Suz said...

Happy Birthday!! Yay for unstoppable girls who grow up to be unstoppable women!

Julie Flanders said...

Oh, happy birthday to your daughter! She sounds such a character, and a cutie! And I agree, that baby picture is too cute for words.

Thanks so much for coming by my blog, I'm so glad to meet you and anxious to read your book now! Another one to add to my Kindle. :)

Have a great weekend, and happy birthday again to Child #1!

Megan Dolan said...

Adorable and full of spunk is an incredible combination. Happy birthday to Child #1 and congrats to you for raising such a great kid.

Tiffany Barry said...

Oh Happy Birthday to her! She sounds like a whirlwind of fun... albeit an exhausting whirlwind! Enjoy the next ten!

Tiffany at Mom's Daily Zen

Jenny S. Morris said...

Happy Birthday Child #1. My Child #1 was born 8 years ago yesterday so I can understand being nostalgic.

She sounds amazing!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

What a lovely birthday tribute to your ten year old daughter! Happy birthday!

Johanna Garth said...

Thanks to each of you for the nice comments and birthday wishes for Child #1!!

Misha Gerrick said...

Happy birthday to her. She sounds like a wonderful kid. :-)

Diana Wilder said...

Happy birthday to your daughter! NYC is the perfect place for a birthday celebration!

Scarlett said...

SHE is a cutie!
A Force of Nature*

It's true, a girl at 10 is not the same girl, at say 15. And (I) am not the same at 43 that I was at 23. Thank God.

I worried a bit when I began to see all the signs that my little girl was changing (13, of course) and even cried, occasionally, that MY force of nature was showing more enthusiasm for boys than her beloved stuffed animals, her horses, her unbridled love for dancing and twirling in public... and yes, even her confidence... a wee bit.

But, with a little gentle nudging and a lot of encouragement from us (her parents and family), she has yet to give up her cartwheels and enthusiasm for life!

Your Force of Nature will grow and bloom with every year into a brilliant, gorgeous, beautiful soul, with your help. I can see you most definitely have what it takes, Johanna... the wonderful expectation that she will.

So much Love!

The Bookworm said...

awww...she's precious! Happy Birthday to her!!

Sarah Tokeley said...

What a beautiful post. I hope yesterday was a wonderful day.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Hope she had a wonderful birthday. She doesn't like noodles? As in, pasta? Wow, I'd starve without pasta!

Jo Schaffer said...

Aw! How sweet. (=