Tuesday, January 1, 2008

No Longer

There will be many more New Year's Eve nights. There will be many more First Night Austin celebrations. But, someday soon it will no longer be the two of us. We will take her, bundled up and cozy in her hat with the puffy frays on top, wrapped safely in her daddy's arms.

We will find the best spot possible on the curb and wait for the parade. She will want to run out into the street with all the other kids to catch a glimpse of the start to the parade. She will say over and over, "Mamma, when is it gonna start?"

The parade will begin and she will squeal with delight, clapping her hands together and saying, "Mamma, did you see that one?" with each passing group. She'll want to eat kettle corn, funnel cakes, and drink hot chocolate. She'll want to buy the glow sticks and wave them around with vigor. The fireworks will start and she will say, "That one's my favorite," to every firework exploding in the sky.

I will relish in her happiness, her smile and her giggles. She will become cranky and I will try my best to distract her, talk to her, engage her until the time comes when we must leave. She will fall asleep in the car, sacked out until her daddy places her softly in her bed. She will hug his neck and whisper, "Thank you, daddy. That was fun."

There will be many more New Year's Eve nights. But soon, no longer will we spend them as a family of two.

8 comments:

Monica said...

Ok girl.. that was a Kleenex moment. You should teach writing.

Happy New Years!!

PS... we live in CH behind the HEB and the fireworks woke up Andy SEVERAL times.

Ann said...

I am so happy that you guys will get to experience all of that soon. It's about time! You've earned it all, and then some.

Monica H said...

You deserve it! and i look forward to reading next years post :)

Meg said...

So sweet, I can picture it perfectly. You will have a smile on your face for the rest of your life.

Kristi said...

how sweet! You'll make wonderful memories with your little girl.

mbc said...

That one made me cry too! YOU are so prolific....I'm anxiously awaiting your next entry.

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