This is one of my favorite photos. It shows every ounce of love Bug has for her aunt.
And…a nice view of someone’s elbow?!?
This is my baby sister. I was 17 when she was born. It was a little like having a real-life baby doll. It was FUN to get up in the middle of the night and feed her a bottle back then. But of course, that’s because her mother was there as a back up in case I didn’t want to get up or didn’t hear her. With Zman, Bean, and Bug it was totally different. Something about if I didn’t get up they just starved because there were no bottles at our house.
Anyway…I called her Dude. What can I say? It was the 80’s.
My father hated it. She’s not a boy, he would say. Fine…..DUDETTE! I would reply. And then I would continue to call her Dude behind his back.
Dude was about 18 months old when Fadre and I began dating. She was his first introduction to “babies”. She taught him:
- Small children will mimic you. She wore a baseball hat from the time she was about 4 until she was 12, just like him.
- You CAN train a toddler to go get her own diaper and wipes when it’s time to be changed.
- “If you don’t behave, you’ll have to come home and spend the night with us” is not a THREAT to a young child, but rather an INVITATION! He learned that one quickly and never made that mistake again!
She’s tough. She’s played Tball/softball since she was four. The bruises and battering she’s suffered over the years would leave me on the floor, writhing in pain, begging for the Lord to come quickly and save me from my suffering.
She’s cool, relaxed, has a good sense of humor, and does not suffer from lack of self-esteem!
This August she’ll graduate from college. A couple of weeks ago it was Senior Day for the softball team. There were roses and a plaque.
My parents are so proud!
Here’s the whole gang.
And a cookie cake in her honor!
And even though it was a big weekend for her, Dude and her dude took time after the game to fly kites with Bean and Bug.
One of the coolest things that happened that weekend? While in line at Wendy’s for lunch, Bean, Bug, and Almost Mine yelled out – Look! It’s Dude! And sure enough. There was Dude – on a university poster – in the restaurant! Four athletes on the poster and she’s one of them!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DUDE!