Today is a special day. Not because it’s the first time since 1888 and the last time until 79,811 that Thanksgiving and the first day of Chanukah coincide.
Nope. Today is special because it’s my oldest daughter’s 19th birthday. Every nineteen years, the Gregorian and lunar calendars coincide, so this is the first year since she’s born that her birth dates are on the same day.
When T. was born nineteen years ago, I had no idea of the special soul that had just been sent to me. She has taught me so much, things that hopefully have made me a better mother and a better person. She has deepened my understanding of what courage and love really are, shown me what it means to love someone else and what it means to love yourself. She has many incredible qualities and I have no doubt she will continue to use them to bring light into the lives of many people.
Nineteen years ago it was the first day of Chanukah, and a special light came into this world. I had no idea of the amazing soul that I had just become a mother to. But now I know.
**Happy birthday to you, T., my incredible, amazing daughter. I love you so much and couldn’t be prouder of you. **