HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AUDREY! 6 YEARS OLD TODAY!
On April 19, 2004, Audrey Lynn arrived. She was due on April 18, and I was very concerned that she would arrive on the "evil date" of April 20, which is Hitler's birthday and the anniversary of Columbine. Little did I know that April 19 was not much better, as it is the anniversary of Waco and Oklahoma City. I guess I should have known that we were in trouble. Instead I chose to focus on her having the same birthday as Kate Hudson and Ashley Judd.
This year is the first year that her birthday is on the same day of the week as it was when she was born. She was born at 10:00 on a Monday morning in Palo Alto, California. I had been starving myself all weekend for fear that I would repeat my sister's seafood fettuccine fiasco when she went into labor with my niece. I watched HBO's Angels in America the night before. Al Pacino as Roy Cohn was dying of AIDS, moaning "Pain is life. Pain is life." I wanted to remember that when the contractions started. Thankfully, Audrey was easy on me...no puked-up pasta and no Ethel Rosenberg hallucinations. It's been the hardest six years of my life, but I wouldn't trade them. Audrey is pure love. Today, all she wants for her birthday is a "black cookie". Not sure what this is. She loves chocolate, and definitely knows how to ask for a chocolate cookie. So what's with the black...Licorice? Squid ink? Shinola? She will get several Barbies, a Barbie house, and a Barbie car because that is what a 6-year old is supposed to get. But you'd better believe that she's also going to get that black cookie.