Yesterday… yesterday my baby turned 13. This amazing, stubborn, creative, kind, hilarious, silly, clever, empathetic, beautiful young woman is has graced us with her presence for 13 years.
Yesterday… yesterday, I brought her home from the hospital with no idea what I was getting myself into. I was happy, grateful, scared, and deeply in love. I made up little songs where she was cast as a baby cat, or a bean, or a shooby-doo and I brought her everywhere. She slept wherever I put her, she demanded her daddy for bath and bedtime, she sat rapt through her first movie theatre film at 4 months old, she hated nightlights and refused to be cuddled to sleep.
Yesterday… yesterday, she was named and dreamed of years before she was a real, human girl. She surpasses my dreams every day, and as she moves further into her individuality, I cling to any moments of little girlhood and find myself watching her in awe when she is busy being herself.
Yesterday… yesterday, our family and friends turned up in the winter of the COVID-19 pandemic to bring this little, beautiful brilliant young woman joy on her most recent milestone. My dream girl. My magical, amazing, strong, intuitive dream girl is 13 now.
But yesterday? Yesterday she was just a little angel baby girl.
Originally intended to simply focus on book reviews, over time, KaliDesautelsReads has morphed into its own entity.
I write about issues that are near to my heart, be they political, feminist, motherhood, mental health, or, as the title holds, books.
A thirty-something Canadian woman in my mid-thirties, I have been "super married" to my high school sweetheart since 2006, and together we have two crazy, clever, kind, hilarious, wonderful kids.
My first book - How Not To Blog: Finding Myself, One Post at a Time is available on Amazon (in eBook formats for you clever tech readers, and paperback for those of us who love that new book smell!)
I have tried a podcast - it's still on Apple and Google Podcasts - but writing is where my heart is.
My life changed dramatically when my husband was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer in 2018, and I am now a writer for a leading Canadian Cancer Non-Profit.
I am lucky enough to have a family that loves me and pushes me to be my best, even if it is outside of my cushiony comfort zone. I have a village of friends that nourish me, mentally, and spiritually.
Welcome to my thoughts. Sit down. Stay a while. Enjoy a cup of coffee!
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