Sunday, March 19, 2017

Slice 20 of 31- #sol17: Happy Birthday to Julia!

This is the 10th year that Two Writing Teachers has hosted the Slice of Life Challenge. Thirty-one days of writing during the month of March, here we go!


Yesterday, this little girl turned nineteen. I've been reading so many posts reminding us to savor the moments, that time goes by, and yes it does! For the most part, I've handled having my girls leave for college, but I have to say that I had a bit of a lump in my throat today, as I really missed her on her birthday. Her care package should arrive tomorrow, but even so, several times I thought about texting someone to surprise her with a cake. I resisted though. I'm glad I did, because stay tuned... someone really special took care of making sure she had candles!

It seems like not too long ago that she had rolls and delicious cheeks and a belly laugh. 

Although the body shape has changed significantly,

 if you look closely, you'll see the determination in her face that led to this:

How I love this girl!

The picture above was actually taken by Lisa Keeler during a recent visit. I share this because not only do I know Lisa because of the reach and power of the TWT community, but also it was Lisa's text that ended my stoicism for the day. I thought I'd make it through March 19th without tears, and I would have until Lisa's message came through:

Lisa not only made sure my girl had a cake, but also a home-cooked meal on her birthday. 

My tears weren't sad tears--they were tears of gratitude and celebration. 

Thank you, Lisa, and thanks to all of you for creating and nurturing and being a part of this community!

Happy Slicing,


  1. What a fun post! Pics of your girl and a text from a fellow slicer taking care of your sweet girl. It doesn't get better than this - ending a day of trying to be stoic with tears of gratitude and celebration.

  2. Birthday celebrations get harder as they get older! But how wonderful that a friend came to help celebrate. Thank you for including the pictures, it added to the story.

  3. Aww...what a special friend, a special birthday, a special slice!

  4. I have a hard time, too, when I can't be with my children on their birthdays. So glad you have a friend to be the mom in your absence.

  5. What a lovely way for Julia to spend her birthday. (And that cake! My goodness. Lisa is a talented baker!)

  6. I am not ready!!!!!!!!!! Still savoring.... can't go there yet. Still a year away -thank goodness. Crying for you - completely. Need to go to bed.