Today she is nine.
Just yesterday she could fit in the crook of my arm, or fall asleep on my chest, mouth milky after feeding from my breast.
But today she in nine.
Now she is a person with hopes, fears, and dreams. Now, each day brings her new challenges and new successes.
Nine years disappeared in an instant. Will the next nine years move just as quickly? In another nine years she will be preparing to head off to new adventures. Perhaps college. Perhaps an adventure around the world. I already don’t want to let her go, and yet I know I have to.
I woke up with a song in my head. The song Nathan and I selected as our wedding song after seeing Jason Alexander perform it on television. I don’t know if this is the exact performance we saw, but I found it on video.
We danced to (a version of) “We Live on Borrowed Time” at our wedding, and it seems so fitting for today.
“Now we may have a year
Or we may have a lifetime
No one can be certain
What the future will allow
But you and I are here
And this time is the right time
Cause one thing that I know
Is that we have each other now “
Today she is nine and I’ve loved her forever.