Where Were You on 12/15/97 @ 10:50 PM?

Where were you 20 years ago on this day at this time?

B and I were welcoming our baby girl into the world!  Bittersweet.  And you surely have to ask why would this blessed life changing event be bittersweet?

As I was in the hospital, my parents were in Galveston at my Uncle M’s funeral.  The in-laws were at home with Pony who was pissed off that he only got to stay for a little while because it was a school night.  In hindsight, we should have let him skip school the next day.  The things one worries about.  A day of 4th grade would have made no difference but being together would have been priceless.  I digress.  That is not what this story is about.

We didn’t know it at the time but mom would be dead five weeks later.  Yes, I said dead versus a kinder euphemism.  Though she didn’t know it yet, cancer had spread through her entire body, deep into her bones.  She would learn of her fate on New Year’s Eve 1997. Again, I digress.  That is not what this story is about.

Land the plane J-Dub!  But the destination has changed since you took off on this journey to tell this story.  I had an idea in mind to commemorate the birth of our daughter.  So much for that.  Wait!  Never too late.  You can turn this around.

My dearest Lulu,

Never has such a caring and sensitive soul graced this planet.  You are our Lulu, our baby girl.  We waited for you for so long.  My best birthday present ever! You are strong and independent.  Dare I say brave.  And yes I am your momma so I am allowed to say this with rose-colored glasses.  My heart is full of love and admiration. You have overcome more of life’s missiles than I had hoped you’d ever experience and yet that has made you who you are today.  The best YOU that you can be.  My wish is that you believe in yourself as much as we believe in you!  

I love you to the moon and back times infinity, 

Your Mom

As always, more to come.