On the 18th anniversary of your arrival, I reflect upon some of the memories you've given me.
**When you were 3 and said "mom , I'll never leave you, we'll be angels in heaven together**
**How when I read to you each night you ALWAYS knew when I skipped something in the book**
**How I cried at your first dance recital when you were 4**
**How cute you looked at 5 on a pony**
**How proud I was of you when you entered into "Washington Gifted School**
**The recipe book your class made at school when you were 7, your OWN ideas of cooking**
**How lovely & excited you looked on the way to the Cottillion**
**Watching you sing & dance as a "hotbox girl" in Guys & Dolls in high school**
** The times you were so sad , you cut yourself & I told you I loved you more than life over & over**
**Our giggling when I taught you to drive & you weren't so good, ok you were BAD at driving**
**My heart sinking as YOU drove away last weekend, heading for you own apartment in your own car**
**How wonderful it was that you called today & said you felt awesome being 18 & independent**
As we both begin a new adventure, I know life will bring more wonderful & some not so wonderful
memories, but they will be OURS to share.
I love you Mercedes!!! your adoring mama, Deena