One year ago today, I was driving to my International Trade class at the U. It was a cold and drizzly day (much like the ones we've been having as of late) and I was just going to be early enough to grab a coffee at Starbucks to keep me energized with the waning energy of the ending semester. As I was turning off 35W, BOOM, my wheel locked up, the engine killed, and I was in the middle of the street in one of the busiest parts of Minneapolis. As I frantically looked around for what to do next, I saw some open meters off to the left and used whatever momentum was left in my little Saab to slide into a parking spot while thrusting my wheel with every ounce of strength I had. I made it. Threw some quarters in the meter and now proceeded to walk the rest of the way to class in the rain. So much for that warm cup o' coffee.
I sat distracted in class. Thoughts of what was going to happen to our car, if my dad could come pick me up after class, and the looming end of the semester creeping ever closer swirled in my head.
Little did I know at that time that one of the sweetest little beings was being brought into the world about 1800 miles away. My beautiful niece was born that morning as I sat consumed with my car troubles in class.
I begin this post with such an inconsequential story, because had it not happened on the day this little girl joined our family, I wouldn't have remembered it. It wouldn't have mattered within months or years and I'm sure I'll soon forget it as the time passes.
Living so far away, I met this little doll 5 months into her life and have only spent a few short days with her--but her personality is contagious nonetheless. She is quiet and reserved but always watching. Once she warms up to you, she will stick with you through thick and thin. Being the tag-a-long of big brother, she is always learning from him and willing to play with any train, car, or automobile over a doll.
Sending you, sweet girl, every joy on your first birthday and I wish I could be there to celebrate with you (and eat some cake, of course!). I look forward to getting to know you more in the years to come and seeing you develop into such a lovely little thing!!
SUCH a ham! Oh, and to hear her squeal...
Baby K. (earplugs not included)