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And lo, there was much wailing in the land...

Eighteen years ago today I became a mommy for the very first time.

Behold, I say unto you, there were stretch marks upon the belly and diverse cravings within. Verily, after 24 hours of labor, four of which were filled with pushing, there was delivered a small, squirming bundle who was laid upon my breast that I might feed it. And lo, this did cause much pain.

But not as much pain as giving birth to a teenager.

I would post a picture of her at birth, but my scanner has gone union and is refusing to work.

However, here's the finished product so far.

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All in all, I think we did a good job. I grew a renter! Yay!


  1. If I didn't know any better I would say a younger version of you.

    I'm not sure, but I think I insulted one of you :-)

  2. wish the young whipper snapper a happy birthday

  3. Oh Whitesnake, you just insulted my newly-minted 18 year old. I won't tell her you said it though.

    Not right now at any rate. I'll save it for her graduation day perhaps. That would be a great gift!

  4. Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter! Great work by the way! I can't imagine she is ever surly. ;-)

  5. 'I grew a renter' This is presumably some obscure American term? Or does it just mean she's available for rent by the hour? Please explain before Vicus gets excited.

  6. Kindness, no, heavens no! She's never surly!!

    Dave, get your mind out of the gutter young man! 'I grew a renter' refers to the fact that if she's not in school full time, and she's living at home, she will be paying rent. Please don't get vicus in an uproar.

  7. I have a drop-dead gorgeous daughter too. It's a trip.

  8. Ok........where were you when i was younger?

  9. Paul, it's a bit disconcerting, isn't it? I see men looking at her and oooooh.

    Whitesnake, I was searching for a boy with an Aussie accent! Never did find one though.


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