Yes two posts in a row about Wellesley, but we have a birthday girl today.
I don’t know why I do this to myself…looking through old pictures of my children before their birthdays.
In some ways it’s torturous to my mama heart to miss their little selves so much.
Oh to go in and stroke that cheek and make sure she was breathing as I did to all of my kids when they were little.
Maybe if I watched old videos it would be even worse…the raspy voice that went along with these smiles, the funny antics she would have with her siblings and her friends.
A ring leader.
A true friend.
A dare devil and thrill-seeker:
A sports-enthusiast 🙂
Always and forever a cheerleader:
A fellow photographer:
…and can create some pretty great beauty too:
One who never takes herself too seriously:
Always up for an adventure:
The fun sister who everyone wants to be around:
And she finds pretty great people to hang around herself:
Oh little could I know twenty-two years ago what a precious gift we got.
I’ve been holding onto her tight ever since.
It is interesting to raise children and then find that in many ways they start “raising” you. There are so many traits this girl has that I hope to “grow up” to gain some day.
And maybe it’s ok after all that I take time to spend pouring over these old pictures getting so nostalgic before these birthdays. Because it gives me an opportunity to realize all over again how those little pieces of beauty and love, the tears the laughs, the learning, the failing, the funny and the beautiful weave together as the making of my best friends.
Love you forever and ever Wellesley Jade. Happy 22nd.