The smiling, laughing child took a backseat to a fearful one after she watched her father die from a sudden heart attack when she was nine. That trauma will probably remain with her for the rest of her life, but she has built upon it to become a righteous warrior, compassionately and fiercely defending the underdog and the ones who are marginalized by society. She has also grown up to have a wicked sense of humor (wonder where that came from). She's super smart and knows more about history than I do and even than Kitty (a history major) does. She's a fangirl and knows everything about The Lord of the Rings, Marvel movies and comics, and just about every cultural phenomena of the last two decades. She is personable and has gained respect from everyone she has worked with. Each time I see her, I think there's a huge balloon has just appeared over my head saying, "I'm so proud."
To say that we love her underestimates our feelings.
Happy birthday, pretty girl.