July 23, 2012


Mia - my Amelia, my Mia Bean - turned seven yesterday. Seven. Exactly how did that happen?

Mia is one of the people I admire most in the world. Not just love or respect, or cherish but really and truly admire.

Mia has no preconceived ideas about how things should be or how she could act. She is who she is and, while there is occasionally a bit of stress when she approaches life a little differently than the majority of her friends, it's easily and quickly forgotten. Mia is talented. She has a wonderful voice, an ear for music, and an enthusiasm for performing. I'm not like that at all and it's awe-inspiring to see a girl get up in front of hundreds of people, sing, and not get the least bit nervous. Mia's also a geek in hiding. She claims not to like Star Wars, to pay attention only because Owen likes it. But that doesn't really explain why she listens to Star Wars audiobooks when she thinks no one's paying attention or always recommends Star Wars games on the Wii even when Owen isn't anywhere close. Above all Mia is stubborn. She knows what she wants and accomplishes it almost without exception. She swam against sixty girls in her age group this weekend and despite performing in a two and a half hour musical the night before, she took home a silver medal. Not bad for a 42" girl.

Mia is one of my favorite people not because of what she could become (though that's part of it) but because of what she is. And the fact that she's a lot of things I wished I'd been more of when I was her age.

When Mia came into the world she was a black-haired, screaming ball of attitude and I am 100% positive that when I leave this world she'll have made an indelible mark on it. She's already changed me beyond words.

Bean, I love you. I am and always will be proud to be your dad. And I'm honored that you're my daughter. You are wonderful.

Posted by Chris at July 23, 2012 7:31 AM

Happy Birthday Mia!!!

Posted by: Heather at July 23, 2012 9:41 AM

Happy, Happy Birthday to Mia!

Posted by: Julee at July 23, 2012 9:45 AM

Happy Birthday Mia!!

Posted by: Niki at July 23, 2012 10:10 AM

Aww, such a sweet post. Happy birthday Mia!

Posted by: Elizabeth at July 23, 2012 10:53 AM

Happy Birthday, Mia! You are lucky to have a caring father, and he is lucky to have you!

Posted by: bacioni at July 23, 2012 11:41 AM

you are so good at articulating how you feel about your kids, they will be so lucky to have these to look back on!

happy birthday, beautiful girl. xo

Posted by: kati at July 23, 2012 12:50 PM

Happy Birthday Mia!!

Posted by: Krush at July 23, 2012 4:37 PM

I am not one to get teary at things like this - but, that was beautiful. Your kids are lucky, and you are lucky to have such kids. My children are 22 months and 5 months, and they have been revealing their personalities to us slowly, and it is wonderful to see them turning into wonderful little people.

Posted by: Cathy at July 23, 2012 7:57 PM

that didn't make me cry at all, you b@stard. :,-)

Posted by: RzDrms at July 23, 2012 8:45 PM

WOW. I think I spent a good few minutes crying.

I can't believe she's already seven. Happy Birthday, Mia!

Posted by: denise at July 26, 2012 10:51 AM