I can hardly believe it. My baby is 22 years old today. Every one of her 22 years my mom has ordered her a Halloween cake for the big day, and Halloween has been her favorite holiday. Here is this year's cake. Sweet, no?
She came home for the weekend and we did a birthday celebration for her, my brother, and my SIL. It was a fun gathering! But there is nothing quite as disconcerting as having her away at college for the actual day. It's a bad feeling, an empty feeling, really.
Makes me think of her birth, and how QUICKLY it all went. So very fast. This morning when I was recalling all of the details of her big day, it reminded me of a favorite part of The Gilmore Girls, the BEST tv series there ever was. Coincidentally it was Emily who got me hooked. Every birthday Lorelai, the mom, would wake up Rory, the daughter, and tell her the story of her birth.
Here is the story . . .
RORY: So do I look older?
LORELAI: Oh, yeah. You walk into Denny's before 5, you've got yourself a discount.
RORY: Good deal.
LORELAI: So you know what I think?
LORELAI: I think you're a great, cool kid, and the best friend a girl could have.
RORY: Right back at ya.
LORELAI: And it's so hard to believe that at exactly this time many moons ago, I was lying in exactly the same position --
RORY: Oh, boy. Here we go.
LORELAI: Only I had a huge, fat stomach and big fat ankles and I was swearing like a sailor --
RORY: On leave.
LORELAI: On leave -- right! And there I was --
RORY: In labor.
LORELAI: And while some have called it the most meaningful experience of your life, to me it was something more akin to doing the splits on a crate of dynamite.
RORY: I wonder if the Waltons ever did this.
LORELAI: And I was screaming and swearing and being surrounded as I was by a hundred prominent doctors, I just assumed there was an actual use for the cup of ice chips they gave me.
RORY: There wasn't.
LORELAI: But pelting the nurses sure was fun.
RORY: I love you, Mom.
Here is another quote from the very first episode, when Lorelai was reflecting on having a child so young . . . just like me.
Lorelai: There are many paths in life. There's the "Hey, you're cute, sure, I'll marry you after graduation and med school" and the "Can you drive Susie to soccer today, 'cause I've got a pediure?" path. And then there's my path, where I found myself 16 and pregnant and I realized "I have to get a job, I have to raise a kid and being me, I have to do it all by myself." Not easy. But the thing with my path was, when I reached the end, I turned around and realized I'd ended up someplace really good.
Yes, Emily, I ended up someplace really good because of you. I love you, my girl!