Kazi turned 20 in September. I gave her a card with some $$, a Shopper's Drugmart card because the bathroom isn't quite full enough of shampoos, conditioners and cosmetics :) and her very own Starbucks card so she could get a free latte on her birthday.
But I gave her a couple of other gifts too: two bottles of contact lens solution because she's the apple of my eye...get it?
And a huge box of Arrowroots, her favourite cookies because she'll always be my baby...
It's not easy letting your baby go out into the big scary world where you can no longer control their every movement. When accidents happen you wish they were little again and looking at the world from behind your legs. When they were little you could protect them...you could scoop them up into your arms when an off-leash dog comes bounding towards them...you can hold their hand when you cross the street or walk in the mall...you can give them warm loving arms to curl up in when they're hurt, sad or tired...and you can give them all the advice and love that's in your heart to give...but then you have to let them go.
She's sticking close to me right now - wanting me with her wherever she is in the house. I cherish our time together knowing that soon she'll be back out in the world where she belongs.
So you'll have to excuse me while I make a pot of tea and go cuddle with her in my bed and watch the "Gossip Girls" :)
PS - thank you my wonderful friends - I so appreciate your support and well wishes, I am grateful for each and every one of you!