The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

May 26, 2013

Jaylynn turns 14


— I can’t believe it. I just can’t believe it.

Jaylynn is now 14 years old. Our precious little girl’s birthday came Friday, although we can remember her being born like it was yesterday.

Of course, whenever anyone who knows Jaylynn learns that she is now officially in the early stages of teenagerhood, they remark what a beautiful young woman she is becoming ... right before the jokes start about how daddy is going to need a shotgun.

Yes, I fully realize that our child is beautiful. But she is also smart ... almost as smart as her father in fact. Jaylynn makes excellent grades and still reads as many books — either on paper or on her Kindle — as she can get her hands on.

And, yes, I do worry a bit about how fast she is growing and how quickly the time is passing. Yesterday she was this tiny little thing, born way too soon and fighting for her life in the hospital. Today she is 14 and is almost as tall as I am. Tomorrow she will be dating and by the end of the week I will be honored to walk her down the aisle and give her away with tears in my eyes.

Jaylynn will be starting high school in the fall! Pretty soon she will be learning to drive and we will have to get her a car! Now that is scary!

But I am not too worried about our daughter. Like I said, she has a wonderful head on her shoulders. Plus she has the finest role model in the world, her mother Vida.

Vida has already taught Jaylynn so much and I have no doubt that Jaylynn will continue to be inspired to follow in her mother’s footsteps and mirror Vida’s loyalty, compassion and giving nature, as well as my wife’s strong backbone and will to succeed. The world will be a better place to have two such amazing women on it.

So, while time continues to be fleeting, it will also remind us to treasure those precious moments we will have with our daughter, as we watch her grow and show the world what a miracle she has been and what a blessing she will be in the future.

Happy birthday Jaylynn!

Just a thought ...

Kellar is a Herald-Banner staff writer