For the past three years my focus has been on Jackson. That took a slight turn on March 14th, 2017. You entered the world on Pi Day and I am having a hard time not nicknaming you Pi in honor of it. Let me tell you, you wasted no time in arriving. You were almost born in the hallways of the hospital. Why do I suspect you will then be just as fast at everything from here on out.
You are an incredibly happy, incredibly patient and incredibly “give me a little face time here” sort of girl. You have a smile that can melt my heart in an instant and you are constantly moving. Nothing anywhere near your reach is safe and believe me we have learned that lesson far too many times already.
You are named after your great great aunt Adele. The misspelling of your name is deliberate on your parents part as they do not want that heritage confused with the singer Adele who is quite a big deal right now. Just ask Jackson about “Hello” sometime. Your namesake was the keeper of the stories and the history of our family. She never wanted to learn to drive but she rode a motorcycle for her 100th birthday. She told stories right up to the time of her passing at age 101 though some of them will not be safely repeated much before your 18th birthday. Adele was a feisty lady with all sorts of spirit. I know you will live up to her reputation.
Adela, you are loved by everyone but no one more than Jackson. He cannot let an hour go by without kissing your nose or your forehead and then giving you a squeeze or a hug. He adores his little sister and is pledged to watch out for you always. I suspect somewhere down the line you both will have your moments but for now it is all bliss.
Just a little over a month ago, you moved to your new home. You were born a Madisonian but you are now a resident of Verona where I suspect you will spend most of your youth as you grow into the woman you are to become.
We just returned from your first big adventure. We took a road trip to St. Louis and you came along. It was unbearably hot and humid but you were a trooper. No fuss and plenty of smiles. We saw an incredible museum that I am sure your daddy will want to take you back to for more adventures of your own. We rode to the top of the Gateway Arch, 630 feet above the city, where you took in the sights from the carrier on your mommy’s chest. But the big event was the eclipse. Your Opa and Mimi waited 33 years to see the return of the eclipse and you have started your life in it’s repeat performance. As we told Jackson, the moon swallowed the sun and for several minutes we were in darkness in the middle of the day. We all put on special glasses, including you, and we watched the eclipse unfold. I know you won’t remember this one but perhaps the next one in seven years. We will retell this story over and over until you might actual feel like you do remember it. Your great great aunt would be so proud of the story’s telling. Through all of this, the driving, the sitting in the heat, the hiking to the site, you were a trooper. Never a whimper and never a fuss.
This is only the first of many stories yet to come, but it was time you had the beginnings of your story written down. Know this, you and Jackson are both the focus of my attention now and you are both the love of my heart. I can’t wait to watch you grow and I look forward to many more adventures to come.