Friday, May 1, 2015

365 Project - Day 121 - "Where Has The Time Gone? (Prom)"

May 01, 2015 - "Where Has The Time Gone? (Prom)"

It seems like yesterday. I was only 21 years old at the time. It was a Monday and I had just taken the train from Danbury to Greenwich... walked all the way up Greenwich Avenue and walked in through the door of Barney's Place - the art gallery and picture framing shop where your Uncle Peter and I worked. As soon as I walked through the door I was greeted by a very anxious Mrs. Hunt (one of the owners) and Peter... and they were trying to tell me that I needed to go back to Danbury because of the baby. I tried to explain to them that it was a false alarm - thinking that they were talking about my having to leave early the previous Friday because we thought you were coming. They kept trying to explain to me that you were "on the way" - that they had received the phone call and that your Uncle Chris was coming to pick me up. I was sort of in a state of confused shock... not 100% sure what was going on.

Uncle Chris sped down to Greenwich to pick me up and race me back to Danbury Hospital. I was so incredibly nervous!

Hours and hours and hours passed before you arrived. You were born very early Tuesday morning. I remember every moment of it - from the first sight of your head to the moment I cut your umbilical cord to the hours that I sat there holding you while we waited to go to the recovery room.

I'd like to say that you were the most beautiful baby I had ever seen... but, well... you kind of looked like a squished-up Smurf covered in goo! That only lasted a few minutes though... then they cleaned you up in a little pink plastic tub and I got to see you again - and THEN you were the most beautiful baby I had ever seen!

I remember wheeling mom through the maternity ward halls as she held you - so we could go up to "The Baby Button" - a doorbell like button that is pushed each time a baby is born at Danbury Hospital. It plays music throughout the entire hospital, announcing to all that a new life has been born. It was the sweetest sound I had ever heard... and I had tears in my eyes!

Tonight... almost seventeen years later... you're going to your Junior Prom, and again I have tears in my eyes. Where has the time gone?

I am so very proud of the young woman you have become. You never cease to amaze me... your talent and drive... it's incredible. You are still the most beautiful girl in the world to me... and always will be!

I love you more than you could ever possibly know!

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