Originally published June 25, 2007 when Lucia's rollercoaster was just at the peak of the downward ramp which would shake, rattle, and roll, hanging her upside down, stretched miles too far, and plaster her face down on the forest floor before she slid butt first, shivering, shuddering, quaking even like a near drowned puppy into what she lovingly called crazy camp in May, 2009. It was a long ride. Oddly enough I'd forgotten we called her Baby for good while, nearly superseding the use of Little Girl for Elizabeth who was still terribly small.
It's hard for me to reconcile the fifteen year old in the photograph below who shocked us both by smiling for the camera with the woman she is today who's come out the other side on her own steam. Relatively speaking we all look like babies with little to no idea we're about to smack ourselves into the next galaxy.
"Baby smiles now. More often than not." That lasted for about three days.
We went to Maine. Specifically Cundy's Harbor on Great Island which is just below Brunswick. We stay with Donna and Ken who have a Bed and Breakfast and Sail Charter.
Up until this weekend we have always gone alone. It was only for us, Nomans and me. But we can't leave Baby home alone right now. We can't leave Baby anywhere for that matter, therefore where momma goes, Baby goes too. Baby has not been happy in a very long time. See that face on Baby's face? It's new. She is smiling into the camera on the beach like a geek with her momma and her step dad and she's perfectly OK with that; likes it even. She had to hike a fairly difficult mile and change to get onto this secret beach and then back out again. All this after having exerted herself the day before on Jewel Island. Wouldn't have happened before. Would have been the scene of much drama and misery which would have been a reflection on how she felt about almost everything.
This morning we got up pretty early and dropped Little Girl at camp and then got to the new orthodontist just before 8. Baby has been to the orthodontist on two separate occasions. Once when she was about eleven (when it should have been occurring) and just six months ago. Both times the process never took off for unmentionable reasons. This time we're not stopping for anything and the doc dropped spacers into her mouth this morning and will slap braces on Thursday morning. Not wasting any time here at all. Not taking any chances with court ordered stoppages either. Gonna get it done and this doc's never seen such a willing and happy patient. He thinks she can be done in 12 - 15 months, just in time to start her junior year with a beautiful mouth.
Baby is still a fifteen year old female with all the ups and downs and dramatics you might reasonably expect. Baby smiles now. More often than not.