Tuesday, 11 March 2014

22



Today my eldest beautiful daughter is 22, that was a bit of a shocker for me, in my head I'm about 35 I think!

For the first time in her life I won't see her on her birthday as she is in Dusseldorf and it's a bit far to pop over for a pizza and a glass of wine. Melancholy wee soul that I am I wonder if it will be like this from now on in, she doesn't have any plans to come back to the UK, she has signed up for another year teaching in Germany and then think she might transfer to the Madrid school.

I'm really, really pleased she's doing this, if you have been reading this blog for a while, she was my chick that had to be shoved out of the nest, she wasn't at all keen on this independence malarkey at all but she's now embraced it.

So happy birthday to my practice child, you mean the world to me and I am so privileged to be your Mummy.

15 comments:

Andy said...

Two beautiful people that I love very much. Happy birthday L!

auntiegwen said...

And we love you too, lots, especially when you feed us :)

Curry Queen said...

My boy won't be at home for his 22nd birthday in June - and like you - for the first time ever, I won't see him on the day. It already feels strange. He's delighted though - he'll be in Brazil on holiday!!

auntiegwen said...

CQ - just another day at school for L, she would be delighted to be in Brazil!

K Ville said...

22 is like proper grown up. 21 seems a bit like 'my child is 21 now' but 22 seems all could be married with kids age. Happy Birthday proper grown up child. And AG that photo makes you look jolly young yourself, I don't believe these children could have caused you a bean of stress at all managing to stay so young looking :)

libby said...

My oh my......what a beautiful picture...and I so remember that 'first time of not seeing your child on their birthday' feeling...its a bit discombobulating 'cos you realise they truly are adults......still searching for a way to be grown up..but then so are we all... xxxxx

auntiegwen said...

KV - I actually got married 2 weeks before my 22nd birthday, I love that photo it is my favourite of me and L as a grown up. It is sadly over 5 years old now!

Libs - yep, spoke to her on Skype yesterday though, which was nice xxx

Ayak said...

Well done your daughter for embracing independence. There's a wonderful life out there to be lived and I'm sure she will love every moment. Happy 22nd birthday to her, and a big hug for you (( x))

Nota Bene said...

aaah what a lovely pair...happy birthday to her (although I've already said that on Facebook)..the thing is they can be difficult to get rid of, but once they find their freedom, there's no turning back!

Mac n' Janet said...

Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter and she is indeed beautiful. They do fly the nest don't they.
Ours has just accepted a job in Japan, alas.

Looking for Blue Sky said...

Aww, what a gorgeous photo of you both, Happy Birthday grown up girl xx

Velveteen Rabbit said...

How our worlds change!
I too have had to experience birthdays without my girls about...they have their own lives and we fit in when we're invited :)

auntiegwen said...

Ayak - thank you

NB - 2 down 1 to go, sadly it's the 1 that gives us grief that's still here! still, can't win 'em
all

M&J - ooh Japan, what a great place to go visit, well done to yours, I bet you will miss them mightily

LFBS - yep a grown up girl, sending love to you and Smiley, hoping things a bit better xxx

VR - oh you get invited, you're a nicer mummy than me, mine leave the country to get away!!!

Jay said...

Oh you both look so pretty, happy birthday to your big girl I hope she enjoyed her day & hope you get to celebrate with her sometime soon.
When do you visit Sri Lanka and which part? You'll probably see a lot more of the country than we did (unless you're looking for a cricket pitch!)

Trish Burgess said...

You still are 35, well you must be if I am too.

Mine's just turned 18 and I can't get my head round it. I'm comforting myself by reading blogs such as this one, and Curry Queen, where the nest is emptying but life continues!