You turned seventeen a few weeks ago. I'm sorely behind on this letter, although I have thought about what I wanted to write frequently, such as: how can you be so old already? I know it's cliche for adults to say stuff like that, but it's the truth.
Weren't we just celebrating your 6th birthday...when I actually talked a dispatcher into sending a real ambulance and paramedics to our house for your party, so all the kids could see what a real ambulance looked like on the inside?
You wanted a hospital-themed birthday party that year where kids could weigh themselves on a scale, listen to their heart beat with a real doctor's stethoscope, and use child-sized crutches. Of course, there was the overzealous guest who made you cry by putting band-aids over every single one of your babydolls' eyes. Regardless of that one snafu, it remains in the top three of best parties I've ever thrown.
And then you had to go and do this:
|That first day you drove by yourself to school, |
you drove off with my heart.
We toured colleges over spring break a couple weeks ago. I was both excited for your bright future, as well as feeling overwhelmed with the realization that you will be headed off to college and on your own in less then two years. Maybe I should follow you and go back to school to pursue my college degree after all? JUST KIDDING.
And I'll be completely honest: I've bought into all the hype about high test scores, perfect GPA's and a well-rounded college resume. Although it's coming from the best intentions, I have literally made myself sick behind it and brought you an unfair additional amount of stress. It's a completely different world than when I was in high school, and I cannot fathom the pressures that you've faced as a teenager. Truthfully? No employer has ever asked me what my high school GPA was. You are going to get into a great college.
|Touring UCSC...where we saw Don-freaking-Cheadle!|
|Last year's birthday present: Cooper.|
The gift that keeps on giving!
|Performing with your brother and Dishwalla drummer|
George Pendergast for Big Daddy's epic birthday party!
It was one of the best days of your father's life.
|Your brother! I don't even know what to say about this picture.|
|You, me and Aunt Erika with friends at the Warrior Dash!|
You were a very good sport.
|Sparklers to celebrate your birthday at Theo and Thea's house.|
|I love this face so very much.|
Happy 17th birthday, Beauty!