Thursday, 13 November 2014

The Teenager turns 18

The Teenager turns 18
Finally, after months of counting down the days The Teenager turned 18 yesterday.

It was a great day, filled with happiness. There were balloons, presents, cards, a meal at her favourite restaurant, cocktails, and the perfect cake for a mega-fan of the Foo Fighters.

The Teenager is a great girl.  Yes, I know I'm biased but honestly, she is. She's fun, she's smart, and she's got a great, bubbly personality. What's more, she knows what she wants out of life and is determined to get it.

I'll be honest, she hasn't always made the past 18 years easy for me - she's very headstrong and at times it's felt like she challenged almost every decision I've ever made, and she probably has, but my God, I admire her strength of character.  Speaking as someone who has spent their  whole life being compliant I love that she questions everything, even if it does drive me crazy sometimes.

So, I'm now the parent of a fully-grown adult. It's unchartered territory for us, but I'm sure it'll be fine.
Foo Fighters 18th birthday cake
Her Foo Fighters birthday cake

If things go to plan (and my goodness she's working hard to make it happen) this time next year she'll be at university studying law or criminology. I'm not sure how I feel about her leaving home, the house will be very quiet, and much tidier, without her but I know she can't wait. And that's her in a nutshell really, she's always been ready for the next adventure.

Happy birthday to my lovely lovely girl. Cheers!

p.s. Today is the turn of her sister as it's her 15th birthday.  You might think that was bad planning to have two birthdays the day after each other, but I prefer to see the positives - in 3 years time they can share a joint 18th and 21st birthday party. Genius.