This weekend, we celebrate my daughter's birthday. She's 17 this weekend, but has only had 4 actual birthdays. She's a leap year baby, also known as a "leapling." She's decided that, instead of choosing either February 28th OR March 1st to celebrate this year, BOTH days are her birthday. Yeah right!
She's always been a special child--always older than her years. She's accomplished a lot in her first 17 years. As a Brownie Girl Scout, back in 1998, she addressed the nation, on behalf of it's children, opening the annual Pageant of Peace and with then-President Bill Clinton, lit the National Christmas Tree. I'll never forget that on the way home that night, after meeting the Clintons, Sammy Sosa, Tony Bennett, and the cast of Cats, she became very upset. She couldn't remember meeting the President. When I reminded her that he was the man who helped her light the Christmas tree, she looked at me incredulously. She insisted that he was NOT the President and to prove it, she asked me his name. I really should have questioned her further before giving the name. Had I done that, I would have realized that she had been looking forward to meeting Abraham Lincoln!!! HA HA! She had a great picture in the Washington Post, they honored her at school, tons of folks watched her on tv, and she is STILL upset about being duped, insisting that somehow she was tricked.
Through the years, there have been many ups(like the Pageant of Peace) and downs (like her surgery, back in 2000). She does well in school, a Criminal Justice magnet student, who wants to go to Law School. She's also well traveled--she did a tour of Italy and Greece over Spring Break last year. We are now looking at colleges. She has tons of friends, as evidenced by her monthly cell/text bill. All in all, she's a great girl, my middle child--the Grounded One. Maybe I WILL let her celebrate both days, she's worth it..