Eleven years ago today, on her very first birthday, Demigoddess the Younger looked like this:
Even then, she was a tiny slave to her emotions. Little could I have imagined what I would be in for when she learned to speak.
Thankfully, in addition to an exhausting flair for the dramatic, the younger Demi was also blessed with a highly-developed sense of humor, so that, just at the point when I’m ready to sell her to the circus, she will say or do something totally unexpected and charming.
The child can just plain crack me up. And her laugh is the most infectious thing I have ever heard.
These days, Ms. Younger looks like this:
That's her getting Johan Santana's Autograph at Twins Fest a few months ago. Not only can she speak, but in this photo (which appeared on the front page of the sports section in our local paper), she's speaking to a Cy Young Award-winning pitcher in his own native SPANISH.
To the best accessorized girl in the soon-to-be seventh grade, who draws such amazing pictures, takes such loving care of the dog, and who certainly does NOT hate taking baths, I say,
I love you!