Today is a special day -- Erin's birthday!
Which is, technically, also an anniversary for me. Of the Day I Became a Mom. Having a baby is such a total, life-changing moment. One day, you're an individual unit -- able to manage your own schedule and run errrands on a whim. And the next day -- wham! You're a Mom. And life will never be the same again.
I remember when we first brought baby Erin home. I sat there and looked at her . . . and panicked. I absolutely couldn't believe they let me leave the hospital with her! I had no idea what to do. I had no supervision. I had no certification from Mom School. I knew nothing. My own Mom just looked at me like I was from another planet and calmly explained that We Moms Just Make It Up As We Go Along.
So that's what I've been doing. For 20 years now. Making it Up as We Go Along. (I also cross my fingers, but that's my own variation.)
Lucky for me, Erin was a willing participant in my Great Mom Experiment. Erin let me know right from the start What Was What and Who Would Be In Charge. She proved to be headstrong, independent, funny, smart, and perceptive. Oh, and with a flair for the dramatic.
Erin spent her early childhood In Costume. (Can you say Diva?)
It's been a delight to watch your life unfold, Erin (well, maybe that would be pushing it there during the Middle School years-from-hell. . . but, taken in a general sense, you get my meaning). Life with you has never been dull! We're so happy to be along for this ride. (I'd like to take credit for this myself, you know, because of my stellar Mothering Skills. However, I can't. It's Erin. She is independent and headstrong -- and never one to be held back. The sky's the limit for this one!)
Happy Birthday, Girlie! Twenty years gone by. . . in the blink of an eye.
Oh, and about that being 20? So bogus. . .don't you think? I mean, 19 is a bit poetic, even if you don't hit any age-milestones. 19 . . . just oozes with a certain "knowingness," kind of youthful-maturity-meets-juicy. And 21? Well, we all know that 21 is the REAL gateway to adulthood. But 20? Bogus. It's just. . . 364 days until you can drink legally.
And this? This is for Nanny and Poppy (Erin's biggest fans), so you can watch any time you want!
This video clip is from Erin's final piano recital in 2007. Her piano teacher hosted 2-part recitals: the first half was your standard piano recital, but the second half was pure fun! He let his students highlight their broader talents. While Erin is a trained classical singer, this performance gave her a chance to try something else!