Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Then I Look at You and the World's Alright With Me

So, this time in 1992 I had been in the hospital since 2 am the night before and wouldn't give birth to a certain someone for another 9 hours. All of that should have given me a clue what I was in for, but I didn't know until later that Coadster would be so stubborn and never want to leave my side for years and years and sometimes still.

I remember when she was a little girl and she would have so much energy and so much compassion, and I'd think that if I had to chose the personality for my first daughter, it would be just that...But without the part where she's so hard on herself and beats herself up for every little mistake she makes.

She's definitely inherited both her parent's love for singing and dancing around like a total idiot. As a baby and a toddler she would sit in the front of her stroller and lean forward, so she could experience everything better. Because, seriously, what if she missed something? The whole world might explode.

The other big thing she's inherited from me is attitude. She is full of it, and who appreciates a sassy girl more than me? Let's all say it together...No one, that's who.

One of the things I love most about her is how true she is. Coadster doesn't worry about fitting in with the crowd. She is exactly who she is, and you can choose to like her or not. She doesn't make that her problem. I would have loved to have been like that in high school, and sometimes even now.

The hard thing to envision when your children are babies, is that they will become people someday. I don't think I could ever have envisioned just what a wonderful, talented, sassy, political, caring person Coadster would become. Happy birthday, Coadster the Roadster!


Remiman said...


You have many, many reasons to be proud, Churlish one.

evil-e said...

Good job mom....Happy birthday Coadster.

dmarks said...

Happy Happy Birthday Girl
A chip off the ol' Churl

-RM said...

Great job indeed. Hope your daughter has one kick ass birthday!

Mrs. Hairy Woman said...

Happy Birthday Coadster.. Many Happy Returns...
Many reasons to be a proud Momma...

fringes said...

Happy birthday, Coadster!

For your birthday, your mom got me a ridiculously long word verification from Blogger!

Minyo said...

Happy Birthday to Coadster! Have fun celebrating!

NoRegrets said...

Congrats to you both. :-)

DJSassafrass said...

Fantastic! Now maybe she can start driving you around?

Tara said...

Aw, that is such a wonderful post, I love the first photo especially. HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, COADSTER!!

laura b. said...

I love this post. Great pictures and sentiments that make people who don't know Coadster want to get to know her.
Happy 16th!!!

booda baby said...

Wow, THIS is trippy, watching your daughters grow up through blogging. Eeek. One day, I'll run into Coadster on the street. What to say, what to say? Oh, I remember you when you were a leeetle bitty snapshot.

Happy Coadster birthday to you!

Brando said...

A very happy birthday to the Coadster! And what a nice post.

Churlita, I'm going to be in town M-Th next week. We should have a drink. I don't have your e-mail so drop me a line at brando.cjsd at yahoo dot com.

minijonb said...

happy happy joy joy!

happy b-day Coadster!

Sr. Becky said...
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Anonymous said...

happy birthday Coadster AND mom!! and don't worry, the fun's not over yet. ;-)

Churlita said...


You are so right. I do.


She is who she is in spite of me but thanks.


She's churlish in her own right.


I'm sure she will.


Thank you.


I'm sorry. I just hate getting tons of spam comments.


Thanks. I'm sure she will.




That would be awesome.


Do you like the drool mark on my shoulder? Nice.


She makes it easy to write those things.

Booda Baby,

Just so you know, they're much taller in real life.


That would be awesome. I wish you were coming with your lovely TLB, but I bet she doesn't feel like traveling much now.

I'll email for sure and we can try to get a drink wherever you want. It's been a while.


Thanks for Coadster.


No. I'm sure the fun just goes on and on and on...

Dagromm said...

I hope the celebration is great. It's amazing how they not only grow up, but have interesting thoughts and personalities. The things that you have no way of predicting.

Anonymous said...

Happy Happy day!! To one of my favorite girlies in the whole wide world. I remember when she was born. She is a joy!!

Love from her Godmother


AlienCG said...

Happy Birthday Coadster!

Good job, Churlita, thank you for sharing this retrospective with all of us.

Churlita said...


Exactly. You scratch your head and wonder when they became themselves.


She always was your favorite, huh?

Alien CG,

Any time. I love showing off my stinky girls.

Anonymous said...

Damn kids get all the attention.

What about MY birthday!


P.S. Happy Birthday C!

Stepping over the Junk said...

Wow, she looks like you! I love their birthdays, it reminds us of alot...and makes me feel old and wonder what I missed when I was sleeping. I want to stay awake all night and watch them.

Gyuss Baaltar said...

Yunno, my time as a social worker left me really jaded about parents. So many people are bad ones.

But you're such a good mom. It brightens my day every time I see it here.

michelle said...

Happy Birthday Coadster. Obviously you've got a very good mama!