Saturday, April 21, 2012

Sixteen Going On Seventeen

My sweet Squink turns seventeen next week. I really can't believe it. I'm not sure why seventeen seems so much older than sixteen—maybe it is that it is one short year away from legal adulthood. Whatever the reason, it feels really different. She is my BABY and she is almost a GROWN UP. She is amazing, really. Talented, smart, beautiful. She looks like me in some ways, but better--brighter, more charismatic. And she is so much stronger in her sureness of who she is than I was at that age, especially about boys.  Probably having an active dad and a brother help her understand what I didn't know until my mid-20s--Men are people. It's sort of amazing to realize your role in the creation of a human being. I'm proud of this one. Love you, Squink. Have a wonderful birthday!
First snowfall, Portland, 1997

The next spring with the nicest dog EVER--Henry
YES, she is grunge sheik in her bad boots, leggings, skirt and Old Navy sweater... That was the first pair of shoes she would EVER wear (at 2+) and she would only wear them because I had matching boots.

Not current, but most recent I have

12 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It happens, Mom! She's a pretty young lady as well.

Anna Smith said...

Matching boots, that's so cute :)

Jennifer Hoffine said...

Aww. It does happen soooo fast.

Tracy said...

Hart, that was lovely; your daughter is beautiful~ Happy 17th to her!

Shaharizan Perez said...

Awesome! They grow up so flippin' fast. *glomps*

Trisha said...

She's lovely, and no doubt that is largely due to having such a great role model in a mother! But yes, having a good father figure does help! I hope that if I ever have kids they have that in their life.

Laura said...

happy birthday!!! 17 is a fun year :)
And well done Hart on this gorgeous girl!
Lx

Talli Roland said...

She's beautiful, then and now! Happy birthday!

Cold As Heaven said...

My older boy is 18. Fun to think about everything that has happened throughout these years. Happy celebrations >:)

Cold As Heaven

Jemi Fraser said...

She's a gorgeous young lady! Hope 17 is wonderful to her :)

Damyanti said...

They grow up before you know it.

jaybird said...

I cried when my oldest turned double digits this summer.

Happy Birthday 17th to your beautiful daughter. Enjoy this time and celebrate it to the fullest with her!