She’s turning 21 …oh how can that be?
Just only yesterday she was just 3
Reading her books and thinking she’s grown
Singing her Zippity Doo Dah song
Or was it 5 when Charlotte’s Web she read
Dancing across the stage with dreams in her head
“Mommy’s Angel” she’d say and “Nana’s Angel too”
Dancing around the house in Mommy’s shoes
Wait … wasn’t she just 7?
Thinking she’s big … yet carrying “Jaque-a-mo” everywhere we went!
There’s Old Bunny, and Betsy, the Black Cat and the ‘bird”
There was Barney, Pocohonis and Lion King too
Where did the time go? Or where have I been?
Suddenly she’s 8
And it’s late, this I know
But she’s finally riding that bike down the road!
Thanking me over and over again
as she’s tumbling and tumbling all across the gym!
Wasn’t she just 11
The year she finally grew … out of those Tinkerbell panties, so cute!
She was so tiny walking across that pageant floor
Singing “These Hands” song to hundreds or more
There were birthday parties, recitals, days of honors and try outs
A few bruises, broken arm and some stitches … quite a few
13 … oh no … that was just the other day
with Spanish she was learning to say
Oh how she thought she was grown … knew-it-all
Mom and Dad know nothing at all!
She was just 14, no 15 …or was it 16? Oh my!
On top of the pyramid … she was the fly
There were tears and there was laughter
A friend lost or gained
But through those years, a young woman she became
Oh no is she really in college, so far from home?
Learning just how to make it on her own.
“Don’t call me or text me, I won’t even answer”
That’s what she told me as she left for campus
The calls and the texts came right away …
My baby girl was missing her Mommy everyday!
Then off to boot camp … oh she’s too little for that
A Thunderbolt, a perfect marksman … boy is she tough!
So off on her own, she truly is now
Making her way in the world … making this Mom proud!
I surprised her early
With something of meaning
‘Cause this Birthday is special you see
Gave her my necklace …
gold chain and diamond pendent
The chain I’ve had since a teen
The diamond some 28 years …
But now it is hers!
Then I put it around her neck
As we hugged and we cried!