Eighteen years ago today, my baby girl, Samantha Dawn was born. Isn't she just beautiful? She has been such a joy. Yes, I may be blocking out a few memories during those teen years, lol. But I have been around many other teenage girls, and compared to the chaos that some parents have to go through, I had it easy.
Sam and I have always been extremely close. I love our relationship exactly the way it is. I wouldn't change a thing about it. Except for maybe being able to spend more time together, just the two of us.
I remember when she turned 8 (I think) and I took her to Kaufman's restaurant in Bowling Green. We made a day of going there and celebrating her birthday, just the 2 of us. Then there was the year I let her get her ears pierced. Then her 16th birthday when I let her get her belly button pierced. (Hey, her friends were getting it done at 13 and 14. I made her wait until she was 16.)
I won't be with her, but I know that she has an appointment to get a tattoo today. Her dad is real unhappy about it. She is getting a small hibiscus flower (see graphic above) tattooed on her lower back.
For her birthday I gave her the diamond that was in the engagement ring her father gave me. After we divorced I had a jeweler put it in a necklace setting. It is probably about a third of a carat, if not a little bigger. It looks absolutely beautiful on her. I had thought about giving it to her on the day of her wedding. However, I thought that receiving the diamond from your divorced mothers engagement ring might be bad luck on your wedding day. So I decided to give it to her on her 18th.
I'm not playing favorites here. When Ray's girls turned 18 I went and bought each of them a diamond necklace. So they all got something very nice on their day of becoming legal adults.
I love you Sammi! May every day be a bit happier than the previous one. You will always be my baby girl Stinkerbell!