This is teen code for You Only Live Once.
In our day, the dark middle ages, we said
Carpe Diem - seize the day. You dig?
Every birthday I wonder the same thing - where did the time go? Seriously. WHERE? I haven't aged a bit. I'm not getting any older - why do my kids insist on growing up? It just amazes me. One minute you are teaching a sweet little girl how to tie her shoes and sing her alphabet and then the next instant she is texting boys on a phone she bought with her babysitting money and driving me around town. I just don't understand how it happens. But it does happen. This Thursday, it happened to Charlotte.
When I found out I was pregnant with Charlotte I was already five months along. I was thrilled. I was facing a four month pregnancy and I felt great! Then, the doctor gave James and I the news. It shook us to our core. Charlotte was a high risk of being born with Downs Syndrome. Her measurements just weren't coming out right and we should prepare ourselves for a child with special needs. The doctor asked us if we wanted to abort. Uhm, no?!
Charlotte was a scheduled c-section and even though she was actually due on January 5, James and I scheduled her birth for December 27 - we wanted the tax deduction in this year, not just next year. All went well and she was born healthy and robust - the largest baby I delivered of our five - at 9 pounds, 14 ounces.
Charlotte is the third girl in our family, and since James and I felt like we had met the family expectations in naming Charlotte's older sisters with the family names of James' mom and my mom, and we were at liberty to name Charlotte after anyone we pleased. We chose the middle name of Lareine - which is wholly fabricated. La reine is the French word for the Queen. And so she is - Queen Charlotte of BallTeam.
Yesterday I was asking Josephine (8 years old) why it took her so long to get her shoes on. She looked up at me, and let out a sigh, "Momma, come on. Can't you see I'm having a struggle?"
Early today I asked her if she understood what I had asked her to do. She looked at me with her big brown eyes and said, "No, Momma. I'm still perplexed."
Ok, so maybe these are not huge vocabulary words, but, when you hear them used by your baby girl, they are amazing. So is she.
Trains are a big part of life in our rural Arkansas town. The track goes right through the middle of town and it's a busy thoroughfare. Our track is on the line that connects New Orleans to Chicago, by way of St. Louis, and as I write this, I can hear the train whistle. Truly.