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Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Birthday Girl

In what seems to be an attempt to sabotage my already frazzled mental health, my children continue to have birthdays...


...at an alarming rate.

This beautiful capable young girl turned eleven today.

Our firstborn.

She's a complex child.
Beautiful.
Strong.
Serious.
Capable.
Reserved.
Responsible.
Yet rather self-doubting.

She is the first child I will ask to do a job knowing there will be no whining, no complaint, just a completed task.

She has a natural affinity with animals. And after a weekend spent with her father at a dog-training school, she is now even more driven. Her pup Ruby has all the makings of a great working dog, and Sarah and her are quite a team.

Eleven years ago, as I sat in a hospital bed and marvelled at the ruby-lipped princess in my arms, I could not have wished for more. Could not have wished for a greater journey, a greater teacher than this first-born, this Sarah.

3 comments:

  1. What a wonderful tribute to a beautiful girl from her mother - Fiona, your love and admiration shines through. Sarah will read this in years to come, when she's homesick or feeling the self-doubt and will know she can make it through.

    Happy Birthday Sarah - your momma loves you very much.
    Mare

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  2. Great words. Great grand-daughter. Great daughter-in-law.

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  3. What a beautiful post and I hope you had a fantastic and happy birthday Sarah.

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