Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Happy Birthday Precious Oldest

Nineteen years ago today Precious Oldest came into our lives. Oh yes, the Christmas baby. I’ve always told her that any December birthday sucketh mightily, if you have to share your day, it might as well be with the Baby Jesus!

The pregnancy had been long and difficult. The labor had been long and difficult. The birth, oh my gawd the birth, I won’t even speak of today. But the pure unadulterated joy when out she came! “It’s a girl!” said the nurses. “She’s perfect!” they proclaimed. And here is the EXACT conversation that transpired between me and the Saint:

Fannie: sobbing “It’s a girl? Everybody was wrong, everybody was wrong!”

Saint: shocked “I can’t believe it’s a girl!”

Worried glances among the gathered medical staff – WTF? So it’s not a boy, big deal!

Fannie: making frantic gimmee, gimmee motions “I didn’t want to say it, but I really, really wanted a daughter!”

Saint: with delight “I’ll never have to go to The Nutcracker* again!”

* and he hasn’t!

True story folks. Everyone, I do NOT exaggerate, EVERYONE, complete STRANGERS, told me I was having a boy. They were never wrong they said. I was carrying low they said. They carried just that way with ALL FOUR SONS they said. I was resigned content. In my heart of hearts I wanted a daughter, but I did not speak of this. Just let the baby be whole and healthy.

And so she was. Ten fingers, ten toes, and only small dents and bruises from the use of giant salad spoons to haul her melon head coax her out of my womb. Coal black hair covering her entire head. (Which, by the way, all fell out to be replaced by downy blond. I smacked the cat for several days thinking she was climbing in the baby’s crib before I realized there were giant bald patches on the back of Precious Oldest’s head!)

She is one of the smartest people I know.

She sings like an angel.

She has beautiful green eyes - we don't know where she got them.

For the first year of her life she didn't nap for more than twenty minutes at a time.

In elementary school her teachers would leave notes for the substitutes, "If you don't know what to do, ask Precious Oldest."

She graduated high school in the top ten in her class.

She won an Ursaline Award; given for four years of scholarship, leadership and community service.

She sometimes infuriates me.

She makes me laugh out out.

When we're alone she lies with her head in my lap and lets me stroke her hair.

She is and will always be the best Christmas present EVER.

Happy birthday baby girl, I love you!


blackbird said...

What a lovely tribute to her -
and what a wonderful gift she is to you.

Happy and merry to both and all of you...

Mary Alice said...

Merry Christmas y'all and a big happy birthday to a Precious girl!

Shelley said...

Awwww...that's truly beautiful. Happy Birthday to Precious Oldest!