She is 21 today. Yes, my daughter is 21 years old now, and it seems like only yesterday when she was a little hyperactive tomboyish kid…

Little Melissa's Christmas

…before she grew into a sweet and gentle girl.

This is her actual date of birth – 17th September…but the people at the registration office made a blunder and recorded it as the 18th of September on her birth certificate. I did not bother to go through the hassle and get it amended as I thought it wouldn’t make much of a difference. So now, she has two birthdates – the real one and the one on paper and she can pick and choose when to celebrate the special occasion.

One’s 21st birthday would be when a person is given the symbolic key which indicates that he or she can now unlock all ties and is now completely free, so my girl is now an adult…finally.

Melissa - end of August 2010

This photo was taken a few weeks ago, somewhere around the 28th of August, when Judy, an ex-tuition student of mine, now in Massey Uni at Palmerston North – a bit to the north of Wellington in New Zealand, dropped by and the two met up and went for fish and chips.

The last time I posted some of her photos, somebody commented that she had grown into a lady, a little girl no longer. However, I would not think much has changed though. Whatever it is, I still consider her as “my little girl” for to me, that is what she will always be…and I will always be here for her, no matter what.

As the lyrics of this song go…

…she may be the reason I survive
The why and wherefore I’m alive
The one I’ll care for
Through the rough and rainy years
Me, I’ll take her laughter and her tears
And make them all my souvenirs…
…..The meaning of my life is…she…

A very Happy 21st Birthday, sweetheart…and here’s hoping that all your wishes and dreams will come true. May God shower His abundant blessings upon you and may He grant you strength physically, emotionally and spiritually in the face of whatever challenges that lay ahead.  Love you, girl! Muuuuuaaaahh!!!!