Today is my daughter's 14th birthday. Four years ago (on her 10th birthday) I was in the midst of several chemos and daily Cancer radiation treatments and not completely sure I was going to make it. Yet, here I am, four years later; I feel great and very thankful that I got to be here for my daughter's latest birthday. I got to watch her jump up and down over her gift of a new smart phone from her mother and me. Last night I had the additional good fortune to watch her perform (cello) with the Sacramento Youth Symphony.
We went out to dinner tonight and she brought her best friend. Four year's ago we went out to dinner with her cousin (then - a student at UC Davis and now, newly married this month and entering grad school) Then, I could only have soup and I noted that the parmesan bread tasted like snot.
Tonight I had handmade rosemary noodles/chicken/artichoke hearts with Rosemary bread that was out of this world...oh yes, and also fried Calamari, veggie burger, corn/pancetta/arugula pizza, fries, and raspberry/creme-cheese cake for dessert...a long jump from barely keeping water down.
I noticed tonight that my daughter is now within a nano-inch of being taller than Lise and I am soon to be passed up. A beautiful young woman. I am blessed.
In 2008, I wrote a regular blog about my experience going through Cancer treatment. Here is a link to Blog #57, the July 24, 2008 publication. Time flies when you are having fun:
Another Day in Paradise July 24, 2008
The song of the day then was White Rabbit / Jefferson Airplane. Four years ago, I was just a listener. Now, I can play it on my electric bass guitar and have performed it live...more time is always a good thing if you use it wisely.