This was the best night
just a dinner out
but very special
all of us together
remembering that my mom said
"well, you're in a helluva mess now!"
when we told her Mariah was going to be born.
(I was 25 and married , for Heaven's sake.
I guess she had been practicing for that occasion since my teen years)
We played our game where we all say what we love best about each other.
Mariah said that she loved her daddy because he always treated her like a princess
so now she would never take any meanness
from any man.
She said whenever she tried to decide what to do in a situation,
she asked herself
"what would mama do?"
because I always told her
you never regret doing the kind thing.
(okay, please excuse my bragging a bit here....
this is the kid who,
when asked to write in her yearbook what advice her mother gave her
that she would always remember,wrote
"Never go in a 24 hour bar!")
Mariah is unswerving loyalty
dotted i's and crossed t's
in a pink fluffy sweater.
She is kittens
She gets things done
and looks good doing it.
She takes care of us all.
Our family is raucous
always on the verge of ...
close to the edge
but saved in the nick of time