Celebrating a Decade

How should one celebrate a decade of life?  My daughter Charlotte, who we call Lotte, was born ten years ago on Christmas Eve.  Even before birth she has been an oddly magical child with circumstances surrounding her that always seem like they could easily be orchestrated by some otherworldliness.  She is a very unique child.

1959301_603907999694096_1000154751_nI typically wait until January to do a large celebration of her birthday so that it is separate from Christmas and New Years.  This year, as the birthday was a milestone, I decided that it should be extra special.  So with Amelia Island flare, we decided to throw an Alice in Wonderland themed birthday party, complete with a whimsical cake created by Nana Teresa’s and to spend a day indulging in all of the goodness at the Ritz Carlton.

Today is our day at the Ritz.  Her friend spent the night last night and later in the morning we will go to the Ritz Spa to enjoy their kids package and a lunch outdoors at Coast overlooking the ocean.  I imagine that there will be a stop in the game room to play video games or watch a movie.  Perhaps a walk down the beach.  Begging for the oversized and stuffed giraffe in the boutique (this happens every visit).

Next Saturday will be the party with friends at our house featuring the much-anticipated Alice cake.1480724_603908126360750_1505607573_n

As a gift I gave her a necklace with a hansa eye charm-a mystical amulet symbolizing the hand of God, meant to bring the owner happiness, good luck, health, and fortune.  While I do not hold a deep-rooted belief that outcomes associated with this symbol are absolute truth, I do love the history and richness behind this gift.  It was fitting for Lotte and  she loved it.

In ten years I have learned as much from my daughter as she has learned from me.  Both of my girls share my love of this island-but all three of us have different facets that draw us in.  Lotte loves The Book Loft, Pajama Dave’s shop, Cinnamon Bear, The Ritz, Nana Teresa’s, the Museum of History, and Salty Pelican.  She dreams of a horse and carriage ride through downtown.  She hates the beach.  Together we enjoy sitting on a bench at the Harbor Marina, watching people and creating stories about their lives. This is the perfect place to raise a child like Lotte.

I look at Charlotte, a decade old, and am so proud of the job that I have done as a mother.  I am so proud of the person that she has become.  I look forward to another ten years of being a mm to this hilarious, quirky, old soul.

Happy 10th Birthday Charlotte Grace.

There are places I’ll remember
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever, not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life, I’ve loved them all
But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know
But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life, I love you more
Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life, I love you more
In my life, I love you more

 

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