See her? Like any number of little one year olds on their birthdays, she's sick. Big old runny eyes, a temp, and probably an ear ache. But she's sweet, all dressed up, with a brand new push button blue phone. She has her very own cake, too; I don't remember what kind it is, but, just guessing from the picture, it looks like an applesauce cake with caramel frosting. There's a lot of foreshadowing there!
There's self same little girl in her back yard, pulling dandelions with a great deal of concentration, then lifting her arms for a pick me up and a hug. This is a girl who has always been free with hugs, whether giving or receiving. Generous with smiles, generous with phone minutes, generous with cakes, cookies, pies, pop and chocolate. Need a pick me up? I know where you can find one...
the face. In this picture, the smoking candles issue in the teens: fourteen candles mean high school, big hair, big glasses giving way to contacts, FFA, a driver's license, a butt ugly white pickup, a wreck, or two, or three....
Off to college. The home body grits her teeth and becomes a Tiger. She meets the love of her life..
....well, OK he usually doesn't wear this expression
There, that's much better.
Here's the lovely bride to be; the little girl a lovely gracious young woman now. ...
..And now, like the old song goes, turn around, and she's a young wife, with babes of her own.
Uh oh, better set Abbie aright
Enjoy your birthday candles, Lee. God bless you as you've blessed us!