Our girl was born at 3:29 PM on this date twenty-five lightening fast years ago, and she has filled our lives with joy and light ever since. I tell her she's a crystal child, one who walks into a room and everyone suddenly feels less burdened, and they don't even know why. We will all celebrate by going out to dinner at her favorite restaurant on Saturday. She opted for low key this year with "the core eight," meaning her dad and me, her boyfriend and herself, her brother and his girlfriend, and her sister cousin and her fiancé. And she wants lemon cake from Buttercup Bakery, which I will make happen.
I've been working away over here, and haven't had much time to post. But there's so much I wanted to share: My son is almost at the end of his stint in the fire academy, the hell will soon be over, and in a couple of weeks we will watch him graduate as an FDNY firefighter. He did a rotation in a fire house a week ago, and went to his first fire. He called us afterward sounding as exhilarated as he did last summer when he delivered his first baby as an FDNY paramedic. He said, "I'm going to fucking love this job! I just have to get through the academy." I felt great relief, because the fire academy is boot camp and hell combined—think fire and water on freezing cold days and lieutenants trying to belittle and break your spirit, because anyone whose spirit can be broken they don't want on the team. They want only the ones who can be tough and unrattled at the worst of times, which a fire surely is. My son is not a quitter, though, and about halfway through, he adjusted to the hell of it all. "This is just what it is," he decided. And soon he will claim his longtime dream.
Meanwhile my niece and her fiancé are here again this weekend. They will be picking up their marriage license tomorrow. This thing is happening, y'all! I have to get back to work now, but just wanted to pop in to say that everything immediately important is going well at this moment, and I am remembering to be grateful.
May all that you dream come to be.