On Your Birthday

I blinked. I swear that's all I did. And in that moment you zoomed beyond babyhood, toddlerhood, and the stars you wish upon every night and grew into a child.

A big girl with dreams and imagination and an in with the Tooth Fairy.

I blinked. And when my eyes refocused on your smile, I saw yesterday's memories, today's love, and the promise of tomorrow reflected in your eyes.

Happy birthday, Buttercup.