My eldest daughter Emma is 17 today. I'm having a lot of trouble believing how fast the years have gone by, but I am so proud of the beautiful young woman she is. She is intelligent, kind, principled, a little bit quirky and very strong-minded. I love each and every part of her.
I remember the day I found out I was pregnant with Emma. It was on the Thanksgiving weekend and that seemed entirely appropriate. I recall how very hard it was waiting to meet her which I finally did on June 1, 1995. As a birthday bonus, Emma's cousin Erica was born the very next day.
|From the look of these recipe cards, you have an idea of how many times I've made this cake. That peacock blue ink and calligraphy-style printing tells me that I copied this recipe in my early twenties, loooong before I was a mom. :)|
When Emma was about eleven or twelve, she came into my room and said 'Mama' in a serious voice to the point that I was a little worried about what she was going to say. She said, 'Mama...I just wanted to thank you for giving me your love of reading'. I thought my heart would burst.
This year, Emma has asked for an iPod as a gift. She has been using my old one that is not performing very well at all anymore. A couple of weeks ago, she asked me if by requesting an iPod, would she still be receiving some books as she always looked forward to them. I would find it very hard not to include them. Right now, I am making her cake. Later we will go to a vegetarian restaurant for dinner. And tonight, along with a brand new iPod, Emma will receive a big stack of lovingly chosen books.