On this day twenty five years ago, at 10:59 AM, one of my life's greatest blessings arrived: Elizabeth arrived in my life.
Sarah and I had been married 10 years by then. We had completed our educations, launched our careers, and bought our house.
Elizabeth was a welcome and very much wanted baby.
As well-prepared as I had been to assume to role of father, I still felt awed by the responsibilities that came with parenthood.
Being a parent presented opportunities to grow, to open my heart and to offer to the best of my ability love, guidance, support, and assurance.
The years slid by quickly...
Elizabeth grew in beauty, intelligence, and wisdom....
We shared many simply pleasures close to home, like fishing for crawdads in the local creek with bamboo poles, kite string, and "hooks" bent from paperclips to hold bologna bait. (We returned our catches to their watery home.)
Through her high school years she became interested in horses and then dressage. Here she is on her horse, Kirby. She graduated from high school with many many honors. She went on to an Ivy League school in Pennsylvania....graduated with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa....
And now she's in her final year of medical school at NYU.
Her many successes and accomplishments reflect well upon her and her mother, and, to a much lesser extent, upon me.
Mostly I feel honored, and privileged, and blessed, and grateful to have been given Elizabeth as my only daughter.
Happy birthday, Ishibaba.