My beautiful darling Ceili turned 18 today. In my mind she was born a blink of an eye ago. I remember as they took her out of the delivery room, tightly swaddled, eyes wide open, she had a quiet serene look about her -- unlike her mother who greeted the world kicking and screaming. Ceili had a dignity about her; she knew this world was her due. She was happy to be here and she was happy just to be.
And now she's eighteen. She's lovely, smart, talented...with a heart and a kindness that astounds me. I am so proud of her and the woman she has become and the person she will be as she travels on in life. I wish her father were alive to see her now; he, too, was always so proud of her.
My birthday wish for Ceili? That she have a full life of serenity and fulfillment and that she brings her special kind of joy to everyone she meets.
Happy birthday, Ceili. We love you.