Friday, March 25, 2005

Happy 16th, KM!

My one and only daughter turns 16 today.

(You're right — I couldn't possibly be old enough to be the father of a 16-year-old. Call me precocious.)

In an age when parents constantly fret about the wellbeing of their offspring — and rightly so — we're blessed with a daughter who's never been a lick of serious trouble. Yes, she occasionally has to be prodded to clean her room, and unload and load the dishwasher, and clean up after the dog and the rabbit. Any teenager who doesn't have to be so prodded is probably headed for a lifetime of psychotherapy. But KM is a good student who works hard even at the classes that challenge her ability (read: math), excels at her extracurricular job at a pony ranch, chooses her friends and activities wisely, and is universally praised by the adults who know her as polite, helpful, generous, and kind. She's also one of the funniest kids you'll ever meet.

Written through the lens of a proud and doting father? Sure. But there's no shame in that, and I don't apologize for it. I'm as proud of my daughter as I'd want her to be of her dad. And I pray neither of us will ever have reason to feel otherwise.

Happy birthday, Punkin.

As for birthday the immortal words of Ben Curtis: Dude, you're getting a Dell.

KM would want you to know that she shares her birthday with the following celebs:
  • Music superstar Elton John
  • Former Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Desperate Housewife Marcia Cross
  • Talented thespians Lisa Gay Hamilton (The Practice) and Bonnie Bedelia (Bruce Willis's wife in the Die Hard films, and Best Actress Oscar nominee for Heart Like a Wheel)
  • Smokin' blues guitarist Jeff Healey (the sightless performer in the Patrick Swayze cheese classic Road House)
  • New Dallas Mavericks head coach Avery Johnson (okay, she wouldn't care about that, but I do)

2 insisted on sticking two cents in:

Blogger Lynda offered these pearls of wisdom...

What a wonderful post for your daughter. I hope you print it out and put in her "baby" book or somewhere she'll find it years and years from now. Here's wishing her that Sweet 16, too!

10:16 PM  
Blogger SwanShadow offered these pearls of wisdom...

Thanks, Lynda.

She was actually far more interested in the post about the Peeps machine. Kids!

10:22 PM  

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