It was May 30th, 2000 when you burst onto the scene. Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals that night would pit the New Jersey Devils against the defending Stanley Cup champion Dallas Stars (a series the Devils would win in 6 games, a fitting tribute to your entry into the world).
At that time, the world still seemed much more secure than it does today. I fully expected Vice President Al Gore to become the next President of the United States.
We were still just getting over the fact that all the fears of Y2K disasters, and tales of doom and gloom were not going to happen.
Only a month before the biggest news around was Elián González and the SWAT team that came in to take him back to his father, and his return to Cuba.
So much has changed in the world since then. But it pales in comparison to how much you have changed and grown. Perhaps that is why the time has seemingly slipped by me. I have been so busy watching you grow and change into the smart, beautiful little woman that you are today that I didn’t notice the time going by.
Many milestones have passed. But they seemed to be coming faster and faster as time goes by. I can still remember your “graduation” from Pre-School, and now you are finishing the fourth grade.
It doesn’t seem all that long ago that you were learning to walk without holding on to something, but now I am watching you do Salcow’s, Lutz’s, Toe Loops and other jumps and moves on Figure Skates. It seems at times like this, that I am no longer teaching you as much as you are teaching me.
And it is true. I don’t feel so much that I need to teach you, or even tell you right from wrong most days. You steer yourself quite well, and all I seem to need to do is provide some guidance and support so that you can be all that you wish to be.
Your demeanor, your charm, your smile are all so disarming to most that you get along with (virtually) everyone, and makes you a pleasure to be around. I can’t believe that 10 years have gone by, but with all that you have accomplished, and with all you the potential you have, as much as I lament 10 years being gone, I love watching you soar to new heights on a regular basis, and I can hardly wait to see what the next 10 brings. Happy Birthday to my Princess.