“May you always know the truth and see the lights surrounding you. May you always be courageous, stand upright and be strong and may you stay forever young.” ~ Bob Dylan
It is the eve of her birth, thirteen years later. In documenting our journey, I will tell you she sits upstairs as I type this post, in her newly updated “teenage” bedroom, FaceTiming (is that a word?) with her girlfriends. “We’re doing homework, Mom.” Basically, “beat it”!
B and I are reminiscing, as we do every year about this evening 13 years ago; the dinner party with our best friends, Joe and Teresa. Bets were on. Joe says, “she’s going to have that baby tonight”. Bryan says, “nah, we’re 3 weeks out, let’s break out this yummy bottle of Monticello”. So they did. They partied on and I went to bed. Joe almost won the bet and Bryan paid the price of a red wine hangover at 3:00 a.m. with the Bean on the way. She arrived in perfect form. As I stared at this little, almost alien looking being in my arms, all I could think about were the words of our French amnio technician telling us at 16 weeks when we asked if he knew what it was. He a said, “IT is a girl, and she’s going to be a handful!!” I emphasize he is French, because it’s sounds so much better with his accent. Go ahead, say it with a French accent … much better, right?!
In all seriousness and I know I’ve said this before, I often wonder how it came to be that I was so lucky to get you, Aya Bean. You are truly an amazing human being; you are kind, you are generous, you are loving, you are fierce and courageous, you care and are considerate, you love nature, you love animals, you love your friends and are interested, you are joyful and honest.
Happy 13th Birthday, sweet Aya Bean, my forever handful! ❤️ Enjoy the ride! #stayfierce #likeagirl #enjoytheride
and, Happy Birthday, Ed, the other love of our lives and the Bean’s best friend (the guy in the first picture). I can’t wait to see where the journey takes the two of you. She’s a lucky girl to have you in her life ❤️❤️