By K.J. Cardinal
At 5:47 p.m. tonight, my little girl will officially turn five years old. Where on earth has the time gone?!
It seems as if it was just yesterday that I was holding Anna in my arms at the hospital as Manny hit a walk-off homerun to win game two of the 2007 ALDS against the Angels. A lot has changed in five years... not just for the Red Sox, but also for us.
Anyone that knows her, can attest to the fact that Anna's not your typical five-year-old. She's the master of the iPad. The ring-leader for shenanigans. An affectionate Cardinal. A well-versed movie critic. Queen of her Squinkies. A passionate Portagee. And always a relentless, beaming ball of energy.
I think that Aunt Kate may have put it best when she told me a few months back that "Anna has street smarts". I think that might be a good way to describe Anna.
I feel confident that we are raising a little girl that will someday turn into a feisty, athletic young lady that is passionate in all that she does and compassionate to everyone along the way. Oh yeah, and it will probably drive her father insane with how ridiculously beautiful she will be... oh boy.
But, for now, I want to try to focus on 'the now' with Anna because I know that my days are numbered with her as my little girl. So, excuse me while I do my best to try and enjoy the amazing little girl that we are so blessed to have in our lives.
Happy Birthday, Anna. There is nothing greater in my world than you.