Sunday, September 20, 2009

A good decade

Emma turned 10 yesterday ... can you believe it? It was a great day starting with the first travel soccer game ... the Dedham Dragons lost dramatically 11-0. Then we all met at the Verizon store to purchase the cell phone ... she picked one out that has a slide keyboard "Perfect for texting" and a red button "because red is my favorite color". After picking out a very special telephone number, we hit the road. Before we were even out of the store, she called me. So exciting to be talking to each other on our phones. And then, after she'd gotten into her Dad's car, I texted her and she responded "K" ... ridiculously cute coming from my 10 year old, even though I do it all the time.

10 years ago I gave birth to my darling daughter. She was 9 pounds and 6 ounces and weighs in now at a whopping 52 pounds! She's talented (was an Oompa Loompa last year in Willy Wonka), smart (highly proficient on her MCAS) and funny like you wouldn't believe and I take very little credit for all that. Since she was born, a lot has happened: got a divorce; said goodbye to my Dad; got a tattoo; got a job; lost 60 pounds; ran a marathon; got a boyfriend or two; lost a boyfriend or two; watched as my Mom got a new kidney; traveled for work; traveled for fun; gained friends; lost friends and generally just lived life.

Right now I am celebrating Happy September. Came back from the Bahamas on the 1st and decided I was sick of being cranky. I certainly have moments still, but generally as some of my co-workers can attest, my attitude has changed. I am now torturing people with smiles and laughter and saying yes instead of frowns, bitching and saying no automatically. I look forward to "Outrageous October".