Today is Marie’s birthday. She’s 28, which blows my mind more than a little. I still remember that little girl who joined our family over two decades ago… who would play under the pool table, so unsure of herself and her new family. That girl who grew to be the center of my world for a very long time… whom I would make time to sing with every time I visited home after I moved out. Her favourite song for a while was “There’s a big green monster under my bed”. She’d giggle like mad as I did all the actions, and then we’d have to do it all again. I remember her singing at my wedding… I was fine all during the ceremony, the toasts, the reception, but her singing “You are my sunshine” had me fighting back the tears. Then we had Lily-Ann, and there really was no choice at all. It was a no brainer. Lily-Ann is Lily-Ann Marie. And oh those two get on each others nerves at times. LOL But it definitely gets better as the kid gets a little older, and can understand how special Marie is.
So… anyway… Today is Marie’s birthday. And here we are singing the happy birthday song as my sister Riki carries in the cake:
One of Marie’s favourite jokes, and it’s one that is all her own, is to say your name repeatedly… wait for you to give her your undivided attention, and for the room to go quiet, then both say and sign “flashlight”. So, without fail, someone always gives her a flashlight for her birthday. She loves them, and it only fuels her little gag. This year the joke ended up being on us, as she’s sure that our gift is a cellphone:
Over all? I’d say it was a successful party for someone who means the world to us. 🙂