My beautiful daughter is 20 today.
My youngest child, no longer a teenager.
For the first time in her life she is not here with us on her birthday.
We had her here at the weekend, so presents and cake and kisses, all birthday 'stuff' was undertaken then.
Now, University, exams, friends, May Balls, gigs, having a great time....all her recent and current pleasures....she is leading a life she loves and for that I am hugely thankful.
20? there must be a great big rip in the universal time scale somewhere because I don't remember those years........I remember holding her, feeding her, bathing her, reading stories......brushing her hair.....and snuggling up together to talk about what school had been like that day..............
I love her with every fibre of my being. My girl. My beautiful girl.
Happy birthday sweetpea.