Friday, January 9, 2009
Happy Birthday, Rhiannon
Happy Birthday to my beautiful, sensitive, funny, ambitious, hard-on-herself, contagiously fun but also occasionally fierce, thoughtful, engaged and engaging daughter (no, I didn't come close to capturing her, but that's a quick sketch). This is one of those birthdays with the potential to invite self-evaluation and some feeling of dismay at the increasing speed with which one is moving through life. Rhi (her nickname -- the shortening of a name I was positive wouldn't ever suffer or accommodate shortening -- hah!), by nature, is likely to indulge in this self-evaluation and perhaps in the dismay, but against that temptation, I'll point out that in the last year alone she has moved cities, changed jobs, taken courses and added certifications relevant to her field, become a runner again, made new friends, learned new neighbourhoods, and, last but not least, introduced us to her new boyfriend who, uncannily, shares the same birthday (not year, though, that would be too much!). Tonight they're going for dinner to celebrate; tomorrow we're having a birthday dinner for her at our place. Meanwhile, please join me in wishing a big Happy Birthday to this gorgeous young woman -- I'm keen to see what you'll manage this year, Rhiannon. Lots of love, sweetie!