You are fierce. Even when you aren't smiling with your eyes.
You have taught me so much in your 17 years, and I'm not just talking about the usual my baby taught me about love and responsibility and finding beauty in a child's smile type of stuff, although that certainly is part of it. No! You have taught me about actual concrete subjects, about history and music and art and politics. I always thought I was pretty smart, but I pale next to you. Always will. And that makes me so proud.
I cannot believe how blessed I am to know a person like you.
You are premium, my dear.
Top Five Wishes for Your Birthday:
1. enjoy yourself, without reservations
2. realize how fabulous you actually are, exactly as you are
3. remember that you are fierce and you can do anything you set your mind to
4. understand how loved you are and how awesome you are to so many
5. some kick-ass loot
If the phone rings, it's probably the As It Happens ladies wanting to interview you about your ferocity. Or Hugo, telling you jou are not a donkey.
Happy Birthday, Resident Offspring!