Thursday, September 24, 2009
Love note to a new baby
Welcome, beautiful Margo! I was thrilled to meet you, though I must say it is bizarre to me that my little sis, formerly known as Judy Doodie, has a baby.
Upon hearing the news of your arrival, your cousin Sabrina said, and I quote, "You mean she came out of Aunt Judy?" Mercifully, she did not ask HOW, as I am not yet prepared to have that conversation. Someday, you will understand what I am talking about. At that point, ask your mother, not me.
Some wishes for you on this, your first full day of life:
• May you always be happy and healthy.
• May you grow to be as deliciously chubby-cheeked as Max was as a baby.
• May you grow to be as deliciously chubby-thighed as Sabrina was as a baby.
• May you find lots of ways to do good in the world. It needs that.
• May you never encounter evil. Or Spencer and Heidi Pratt.
• May you have as much determination as Max has for overcoming any challenges life may throw your way. And may you do it as cheerfully as he does.
• May you never develop diaper rash, a bad attitude or an addiction to Chef Boyardee Sodium-and-Chemical-Laden Chicken and Rice.
• May you enjoy the comforts of home yet also be curious to explore all sorts of other places, near and far.
• May you have lots and lots of common sense. It gets you through.
• May you have lots and lots of cute clothes, too. Oh, and shoes! I wish you lots and lots of shoes!
• May you have only excellent hair days. (I know your hair looks a little bit like baby chick fuzz right now, but no worries, it's just a stage.)
• May you firmly believe that you are capable of anything.
• May you learn to appreciate good books, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor, ballet, the paintings of Claude Monet, the entire country of Italy, Ring Dings and other of life's finest pleasures. (And don't worry if you don't get opera; I don't get it, either, except for Carmen, Aida and Madama Butterfly, which are worth understanding. Also, run like crazy if a date ever offers to take you to any of Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen," trust me on that one.)
• May you be as sweet, warm, generous, kind and selfless as your mother.
• May you be as brilliant, gorgeous and all-around fabulous as me.
• May you always feel as loved as you are.