Why does fourteen seem so much older than thirteen?

Today we celebrated Hannah’s fourteenth birthday. I’m troubled by the passing of this day – more so than any birthday before.

Maybe it’s because she’s entering high school next month, no longer a little girl in elementary school. Maybe it’s because she only has 3/4 of an inch before she’s as tall as I am. Maybe it’s because she seems so grown up. Maybe it’s because I can count the years before she leaves me on one hand. Sigh.


This is a normal pose for Hannah these days – engrossed in her iPod downloading more music. Her allowance these days comes in the form of iTunes cards.


This is Hannah when she realizes I am paying undue attention to her with the camera.


Fourteen candles. Fourteen things I love about Hannah.

  1. I love her compassion for others.
  2. I love her willingness to help with chores without complaining. Much.
  3. I love her kooky sense of humor.
  4. I love that we like the same kind of music. (It makes her new iPod speaker that much more bearable.)
  5. I love her wonderful spirit of adventure she’s up for anything I can dream up.
  6. I love her self-confidence – she doesn’t need a crowd around her to do something.
  7. I love that she’s a voracious reader – I so enjoy seeing her engrossed in a book.
  8. I love that she likes hanging out with her parents now and again.
  9. I love that she’s self-motivated.
  10. I love that she does her own laundry. Seriously – it’s a wonderful thing.
  11. I love the way she cares for all the critters – dog, cats, chickens, and ducks.
  12. I love that she enjoys cooking. Really – she’s a great cook. I love that she enjoys cooking.
  13. I love her wild, beautiful, curly hair.
  14. I love that she’s mine!
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3 Responses to Fourteen

  1. My daughter is 28 and I still can’t get her to do her own laundry, lol.
    Happy Birthday to Hannah!


  2. marta says:

    Happy birthday to your daughter! Mine is 14, too 🙂

  3. Josef Jordan says:

    Belated Happy Birthday greetings to Hannah! She is becoming an accomplished young woman. If her age is bothering you, think how your age bothers me. I?m already hearing harps or roaring fires. I ?m not sure which.

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