Eighteen: Finally Old Enough To Buy Dry Ice

Mrs. G. looks at your tiny little fingers resting on her shoulder and remembers that for four straight years you were her most treasured sidekick, her main man. She's pretty sure you have no idea how much she and your dad loved you.

If you need verification, notice how well dressed you are in this photo, how you are seated in the most luxurious baby backpack Sears had to offer and then notice that your mother has a home perm and glasses that, unquestionably, should not have seen the advent of the nineties.

This year was a big one for you. Mrs. G. remembers looking at you on Easter Eve and realizing this might be the last year she sees you fizzing Pez tablets in vinegar, the last year you and your brother compete to dye the most perfect egg.

And while she's on the topic, Mrs. G. needs to talk to you about the bunny. You might want to sit down.

This year brought you wheels, college acceptance letters and...

worldly travel. Mrs G. wants to thank you for holding her hand during the flight to New York and discreetly suggesting that she take a pill when she began riffing on death and dying.

She also wants to thank you for keeping her company while your dad drug her ass around New York City to show her every place he took a breath lived and worked during his grad school days. And for only silently chanting Jesus, Mary and Joseph as we circled blocks over and over and over while he grappled with the phenomonon that New York City had changed in the last thirty years.

This year you went off to college and dominated your first quarter. And, really, it's OK that you rarely call home and that Mrs. G. has to follow your life like a groupie on your Flickr page. No, really, looking at images of you having fun with all your friends is exactly like hearing about them first hand during the conversation we might have if you were to occasionally, what's the term, pick up the phone and call your mother.

Speaking of your Flickr page. Your dad saw this photo of you and did not know that you were dressed like an 80's disco queen for Halloween. He called Mrs. G. on her cell phone and registered concern that you were earnestly walking around campus looking like an 80's disco queen. He pretended he was kidding when Mrs. G. told him it was your Halloween costume. She snorted and rolled her eyes in your honor.


Thanksgiving weekend went way too fast.

Christmas, sadly, did not. But we all survived without eating each other.

Now it's time for Mrs. G's yearly birthday mantra: No matter where you are or what you do, Mrs. G. has your back. There is no phone call you could make in the middle of the night that she and your dad can't handle. Without getting into any specifics, they are familiar with the process of posting bail. They will hold your hand, they will buck you up, they will send cash.

And they will always love you. You are their favorite daughter. Happy 18!

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Hey, those yellow glasses look great on her!

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

Does Miss G. know how lucky she is to have a Mrs. G at her back? Congrats to you both :)

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterInsideOutHappy

AAWWW!! This is so sweet!
Happy Birthday Miss G!

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHEATHER

you are one of my favorite mothers of other people. i hope, pray that i am the mom you are when mine are old as the hills and never call. i think your daughter probably feels about you, the way i feel about my mom. and yes, i'm totally crying, but i haven't slept in 40 hours. i love you, man.

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkatydidnot

Oh Happy Day to you Miss G! May this year bring you much luck, peace and the time to call your mother.


January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Oh I have tears!My oldest will be 24 in March, and my second oldest will be 18 (others are 12 & 2). It is a sad, happy, bizarre feeling, one I don't think I will ever get used to. That was a beautiful post Mrs G. Your daughter has the most gorgeous hair and is really just a beautiful young girl. And you- I'm serious, except for the hair and glasses, you look just the same and as young as the day she had your back ;o)

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaDue & Crew

Beautiful post, beautiful daughter. Love the mantra and now that I'm a mommy, I am starting to get the whole i-would-do-anything-for-you...

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter3continentfamily

How on earth did Miss G get my old outfit from 1987? I knew I was missing something...

Seriously, Happy Birthday to your rockin' daughter.

I hope that my offspring and I weather the coming years as gracefully as you both have. Much love there ladies, much love!

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercarrie

this is the sweetest thing EVER! Happy Birthday to my fave Substitute Blogger/ Christmas With The Derfwadsco-hostess ♥!

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterarwen

She is so so beautiful...

Happy Birthday Miss G.

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBlue Mountains Mary

Happy Birthday Miss G! Call your mother.

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjusthay

Happy, Happy Birthday Miss G! Don't forget to register to vote!

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAuntie

"But we all survived without eating each other."

Hey - that was MY Christmas, too!

Happy Birthday to the gorgeous girl and her beautiful daughter, too.

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterK.

Happy Bday Miss G. You are sooo adorable.

The Blue Ridge Gal

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Blue Ridge Gal

Tearing up... is it because I remember these days like yesterday with MY mom... or because my daughter is 12, and she'll be going off to college the next time I dare to blink? Either way, thanks for sharing, Mrs G.

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCorey

awwwwwwwwww I wish my mom had been as cool as you! And I thought you had the red hair, not your daughter :) Happy "I gave birth today" day!

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

Happy Happy 18th Miss G!

and now ... about posting bail?

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

and soon they are humans....
You did well-

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercookingwithgas

Happy 18th Birthday Miss G. Your Mom is proud of you and she should be... keep up the good work at UW

As I go through the struggles of a little girls life in my house- it's nice to see a mother/daughter team that survived it!

Happy Birthday Miss G.

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSheila @ Dr

Happy Birthday Miss G! Capricorns Unite!

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKizz

Happy Birthday, Miss G.

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTricia

Happy Birthday Miss G! And Mrs. G, didn't those 18 years pass quick as a blink?


January 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersee you there!

I don't think children can ever understand how much their parents love them until they become parents, themselves. I know I didn't.

Happy Birthday, you grown-up! And to Ms. (no longer Miss) G. too!

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterManic Mommy made me teary eyed! Now, I've got to call my mom. You have a lucky daughter to be surrounded by so much love.

Happy Birthday Miss G. Mrs. G that was a beautiful post to your daughter.

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine Aucoin

Happy 18th Birthday, Miss G!

Beautiful pictures, beautiful words. Ya'll are a wonderful family.

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterD...

Happy, Happy Birthday Miss G!

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMental P Mama


Happy Birthday, Miss G. You are a lucky, lucky girl.

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Chili

How beautifully sweet and wonderful!

Ms. G - you've got a great Mamma! And, Happy Birthay gal!

P.S. I was really hoping the 80's were back in style! You fooled me too with that costume!

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

Happy Birthday, Miss G!

What a beautiful girl you have there, so full of light and laughter - you can see it bubbling up behind her eyes in these photos (and the photos are fab).

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Other Laura

A beautiful daughter, a beautiful mother, a beautiful post, a beautiful family...wait!...a beautiful family not eating each other!

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Happy Birthday Miss G!!! Love the 80's disco queen look. I had an outfit like that.

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthedomesticfringe

I think I had that 80's disco queen outfit, too! A very happy
18th birthday to Miss G!

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelley

Happy Birthday, Miss G! I love the relationship that you two share.

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjenn

Happy happy happy 18th!

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen on the Edge

Good God! I think my office was just flooded with Sweetness and Light and.... wait a minute! Is that Harp Music???

Nicely done Mrs. G!

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterasthmagirl

Happy Birthday, Miss G!

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachelle

Happy Birthday, Miss G!

Just so you know, your mom is my hero.

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter~annie

Happy 18th birthday, Miss G! You make the 80's look good. ;)
You also have gorgeous hair to go with your beautiful smile.
I'm not so great at calling my mother, either, but I know they like it when we do... so try to do that occasionally.
Having Mrs. G. behind you is a blessing indeed.

I'm all ears on NYC hints - we're going there for a few days over spring break.

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkcinnova

Happy Birthday, Miss G!

And Mrs. G... words fail me. I am all teary now. Not that that's so different from the past 8 weeks (hormones, anyone? or something in the air), but you. are. a kick-ass. mom. I know we just get a small peek, but those peeks are very telling, lady. Much love.

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdharmamama

Happy Birthday to the beautiful Miss G. Rock on!
Mrs. G, you made me giggle yesterday and sniffle today. Glad you're back in blogland.

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCerwydwyn

Yikes....we are creeping up on M turning 14 and this struck fear in my heart. 4 years and she'll be 18!?! I'm not ready. Also can I steal your birthday mantra? Happy Old Enough to Vote (and buy spray paint AND dry ice...woohooo) Day!

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersozzled

18 and away at school is HUGE - for EVERYONE! Happy Birthday Miss G!

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFannie

Hope Miss G has a fantastic birthday :-)

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

This is so very sweet and all, but Miss G? Don't test that whole bail thing. And while we're at it, no need to terrify your parents with 2am phone calls. Let's just trust that she means it, ok? Happy birthday to you Miss G (I'm glad your mother didn't eat you during Christmas break- it sounds like it might have been a rough one!!)

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boddeker Blog

"They will hold your hand, they will buck you up, they will send cash."

I'm in my thirties and my parents still do that.

Happy 18 Miss G. You are one lucky girl!

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGretchen

Happy B-day Miss G!

Mrs. G - I've said this before, but I'll say it again. If my girls turn out to be 1/2 the kids your kids are, I'll be a happy happy lady. precious. Let it be that way with my girls and me (in 11 years...when one of them turns 18).

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

What a fun tribute to a pretty, pretty Miss G.! The first picture is adorable - Mama and baby are both precious.

The NYC comments are hysterical.

Have a fabulous 18th year Miss G.!

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCsquaredplus3

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