Wednesday, December 22, 2010

They Are Here! My Heart Is Complete

I find it a rare and wonderful thing to be called Mama Quigg by my daughter’s friends. It makes my heart beat just a bit.

Just a bit.

And yesterday my heart beat and my lips smiled and I laughed and was happy….because The Posse spent the night.

The Posse is Cartoon Girls friends from high school. They have known each other for a long time and have walked through many things together. And when Christmas rolls around and they are all back in the area then they come over and have a party and I get to feed them pizza and just sit back and watch them laugh.

IMG_1079A I know it is going to be a good night when all their various footwear is gathered in the back hallway. Ignore the black clogs, those are mine.

IMG_1043A How did they all get to be adults? I don’t understand where the time has gone.

Why? Why did they have to grow up?

IMG_1044A The fruit of my loins. The child of my youth. The oldest of progeny. Cartoon Girl.

IMG_1047 Yup, she’s my kid alright.

IMG_1052 Ahren loves Max. Max love Ahren. He was very happy last night.

IMG_1077 Oh yes, all sitting around our table. All except Clarice who couldn’t be there. Life is good.

IMG_1065A And there was homemade pizza. We ate 4 extra large pizzas. Four. There were two pieces left.

And then there was laughter. A lot of laughter. And quoting of movie lines. And reminiscing. And catching up. And I just sat back and soaked it all in.

IMG_1067 IMG_1068 IMG_1069 IMG_1070 I think by this time at least one person had inadvertently snorted water out of their nose. It happens every time.

IMG_1071 Fireman Daughter Whitney just taking it all in.

IMG_1076 Naturalist/Artist Daughter Michelle explaining what they do with beaver skeletons at work. Boy that made dinner REALLY special.

IMG_1066 Teacher Daughter Emily, the quiet one of the group. Yeah sure.

IMG_1082 The kitchen aftermath pain is worth it just to have them here.

IMG_1083 And in the morning I always make them pancakes. And I try to remember to put the baking powder in the batter.

IMG_1073 Thanks Cartoon Girl for bringing all my other daughters home to me. Life wouldn’t be good without all of you.


  1. Looks like a great time with all those youngins' there! Oh to be a fly on the wall... or a flea on Max's back!

  2. Oh Mander we would have loved to add you to the mix.

  3. Sweet post. I feel the same when my son is home from college and he has all his friends over again. How DO they grow up so fast??


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