Mark this day…

Nineteen years ago today, I gave birth to a beautiful 7 lb. 1 oz. baby girl.  I knew virtually nothing about babies, as I was just four when my youngest sister was born and hadn’t been charged with much responsibility for her care.

It seems like it was just a few months ago.  Somehow, we muddled our way through it, learning along the way. 

Today, she came home with the news that she’s engaged to be married.  The date isn’t set yet, but it will be sometime after both obtain Bachelor’s degrees — probably a little under three years from now.

Truthfully, if I could have chosen a son, Mathman would have been my pick; he fits right in with this family, and most especially, with Alpha.  They spent the summer apart, with Alpha taking a class, working at Y-12 during the week, and at Pet Supplies Plus on the weekends.  Mathman was at Texas A&M on a research fellowship. 

They went through a few cell phone minutes over those 2 months, but seem just as content together as ever.  After dating for two years, they’re quite comfortable together.

So, I guess I’ve got a couple of years to procrastinate on making the wedding dress.   Alpha’s the child who always wanted her dresses custom-made, so I know there’s no getting out of that one.  She’ll design it, pick out the fabrics, and turn it over to me.

Nineteen years ago, I was trying to figure out how to change a diaper, put clothes on a wiggly little doll, and trying to figure out how to be a good mother.  On the day we brought her home, HWTFM held her upright on his chest as he lay in bed, teaching her the alphabet.

I remember laughing at him then, but not now.  Somehow over the years, we got something right.

Time to weep a little now.

9 Responses to “Mark this day…”

  1. on 14 Aug 2007 at 4:39 pm Punk HP

    I am sure they will live happily ever after.

  2. on 14 Aug 2007 at 4:42 pm realtorchick

    How beautiful! I am so happy for Alpha and Mathman. They make a beautiful couple and we wish them all the best.

  3. on 14 Aug 2007 at 9:18 pm Joel

    Mazel tov.

  4. on 14 Aug 2007 at 11:39 pm girlfriend

    Wow.. Love it. Good luck

  5. on 15 Aug 2007 at 6:15 pm daco

    Huge congratulations to you all. Thrills like this only come around once in a while. Enjoy! Crocodile tears all ’round.

  6. on 16 Aug 2007 at 6:39 am AT

    Woot!

  7. on 16 Aug 2007 at 9:00 am Jacket

    It is going to be one heck of a party.

  8. on 16 Aug 2007 at 9:50 am Mrs. Eaves

    Congratulations!!

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