By: Amy Wise
When Jamie and I got married in 1993, we knew that we wanted to have children right away. We both love our families and we wanted to start our own soon after our wedding, so we did! Tatiana Chantal Wise came into this world 17 years ago, on September 20th, 1994. From day one Tatiana had a mind of her own, a huge heart, a giant smile and a laugh that just never quit. She screamed a lot too! Just for fun. Fun for her, not so much for us! The neighbors still laugh about how loud she was. Oh ya, one more thing, she had lots and lots of hair! She was literally born with an afro. I’m not kidding, she really was. Oh the hair!
I’m still amazed that she has gone from diapers, to dancing, to girl scouts, to teen (help us please!) to a high school graduate at 16, and now here she is today…SEVENTEEN years old! How did it happen so fast? It’s been an amazing, wild, 17-year rollercoaster. Tatiana has come into her own and we are so proud of the young woman she is today. She has excelled, she has made mistakes, and she continues to learn and grow. That’s what life’s all about and she is certainly living it! Her free spirit is inspiring!
So on Tatiana’s 17th, we say happy, happy birthday to a kind, amazing, unique, talented, beautiful, loving, incredible, smart, rock star of a daughter! We are so blessed that she is our child and now we look forward to her almost adult future and all the amazingness she is going to create in the years to come! Happy birthday Tatiana! We LOVE you!
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Originally published on The Seattle Lesbian
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