Happy Birthday + 2 year Adoptaversary to Beau, my very best girl.
I have found that few things in life work out the way you hope or expect, and next to none work out better than you ever could have imagined in your wildest dreams.
This is wildest dreams territory.
I never thought I could love someone so much, or that we could make each other so incredibly happy.
Momming this beautiful, brilliant, pea-sized maniac has been and will always be one of THE ultimate highlights of my life.
If I do nothing else right ever again, at least I can say I gave this literal angel the very best of me - head-over-heels, over-the-moon,
over-the-top, undying, unconditional love - a devoted heart, and a dignified, beautiful life.
From the NC wilds to a kill shelter to a NJ rescue to craigslist to the means streets of Brooklyn to the beautiful life in Beacon, she has blossomed from a scrawny, timid, girl into a fierce butch queen who barks at the dark, chews on pitbulls, and sasses her mom. She is proud and invincible, but quietly tender, troubled, and tremendously complex. We are each other's mirror. To help her is to help myself, and vice versa. Growing together is cathartic.
My commitment to never let her down has given me purpose and courage in my most desolate and despairing moments. We have been through hell together. And she has never let me down. Not once. She has filled my heart. Every. Single. Day.
I have known the sacrifice and reward of parenting, the power of friendship, the profundity of everlasting love, through this proud, brave, wonderful, ridiculous, beautiful, enlightened little hero. And, can you imagine? - we're only 2 years in.
Though she is my comic relief, I couldn't take her more seriously if I tried. And that's good, because she wouldn't have it any other way.
Cheers to my sweet Beau, on this most meaningful of days.
Here are some of her greatest hits. ❤️
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