My daughter Steph turns eighteen today and with it comes a sense of disbelief at how fast time has passed. It does only seem like yesterday that this "little ray of sunshine" came into the word, and truly she was. Right from day one she was a happy - always smiling - baby, and a happy-go-lucky toddler (tantrums were a rarity although a subsequent child well and truly made up for that). Steph has grown into a confident young woman who is not afraid to speak her mind, and be her own person.
I have so many fond memories of Stephanie's childhood, and these are just a small sampling:
- Steph could run before she could walk and subsequently had many a major fall which made my heart skip a beat, although she'd always get straight back up and carry on.
- Right up to the age of 3 she invariably had an object of some sort in her mouth, from crayons, tan bark at the park, sand, stones, sticks, marbles and Barbie shoes ~ a constant concern.
- Steph loved dressing up and spent many months wearing a combination of her Fairy Dress and a Snow White Dress until they fell apart. Other than that, she had little interest in clothes although pink became a recurrent theme.
- She rarely played with dolls, and preferred time in the sand pit, drawing, scissors, rolls and rolls of sticky tape, and water play. She LOVED water and was so drawn to it that we removed an inground pool from our backyard for her safety.
- She was curious and unpredictable ~ you just never knew what she was going to do next, including freezing her tongue to the refrigerator element, and burning her chin on a light globe whilst playing "shadow puppets"!
- Steph endured 1 term of Tap, Jazz and Ballet classes after which she took up Karate and eventually became a Black Belt in Karate and the #1 ranked 13&Under ~ Australian Champion in 2002.
- Steph is a great traveler and adapts quickly and effortlessly to living out of a suitcase. She loves history and probably enjoyed and appreciated that aspect of our travels more so than the rest of us.
- Steph has been a trouble free teenager who loves all things computer and internet. She sure comes in handy when coding HTML and connecting the printer which has once again un-installed itself.
I hope you have a wonderful day today with your friends and family Steph, and I look forward to what the next 18 years may bring. May this last year at school be a memorable one; enjoy your friends, work hard, and I know your dreams will come true. You're destined for a bright future!