Not again, the first time. To be seventeen the first time is a wondrous thing.
It’s not that gooey overhyped age, SIXTEEN. Nope, it’s a step forward and beyond to a whole new zone: SEVENTEEN. Heck, in some ways its such an inbetweener age….but it can’t be ONLY a marginal one can it? I grew up with Seventeen Magazine (Yes, once again, I’ve just dated myself. Still). Seventeen is such an age of…promise.
And my Hannah, it’s her age, today!
Yup, my Hannahbanana is 17!
Nope, I can’t believe it!
But, then again, as ever, I can.
Because she is a very different girl from the 16, much less the 15, year old we’ve watched the past few years. Seventeen is a blooming, not of that fresh beauty – she’s had that! But of promise. Seventeen is the age when a lot of that INNER beauty starts to shine forth, the real stuff, the deep beauty. Seventeen is an age that harbors hopes and dreams and instead of seeing them SO very far off in the distance, too far to touch or feel like they are possible….those dreams are right close. Those dreams are possibilities. Those ideas and hopes are just, almost, within reach. They only need some focus to clear them and strength and determination to meet them. They need hard work and faith in yourself and the willingness to go get ’em…or fall down trying. Which is ok too.
Seventeen is when I see my sweet firstborn girl start “owning” the who of her. She is standing strong now about who she is and what she’s about. She has ideas of changing the world, maybe a little bit at a time. But I tell ya, she’s got some big plans and I’m cheering her on along the way. I hope she can, the world will be a better place, our education system needs enthusiastic young folks like her to set it on fire.
She’s got plans for college and beyond. She’s dreaming big and working hard to finish high school strong and be able to step forward to her next adventure. She was always, always, stubborn and determined. NOw, finally, we are starting to see her embrace the confidence to become the Her of herself. Seventeen, it’s all about the promise that this newly confident and able young person can see…..and, it’s beautiful.
My baby girl is seventeen. So tonight we’ve got plans for her birthday party with bestie buddies and her traditional birthday…..fondue! She’s not a cake gal, she’s a fondue gal. Of course!
We love you, our Hannah.
Seventy times seventeen….
We are so proud of you and so happy for your birthday!