Thursday, July 10, 2008
16 years ago was one of the happiest days of my life. I finally became an older sister (I had been waiting for almost 10 years!) and got a best friend to boot. I decided to honor Iris on this blog because even though she's not a Palmer she is definitely a friend to so many of you and your kids, at least she sees it that way. She is the least jaded and judgmental person I know. She is also the least sheltered 16 year old I know and has taken on so many responsibilities beyond her age, so to say that she's not jaded or judgmental means that she's down right awesome and will hopefully stay that way.
Whenever I call home I always hope she's the one that answers because I know I will always get a really cheerful "DA!!!" whenever she hears my voice. I used to think it was annoying every time she'd tell me that she wanted to be like me. Now I am honored and glad that she's a much better version.
She continues to be a constant source of joy in our family and for everyone she meets. She's of course the most popular girl in school, in church, in the neighborhood, in her after school activities... and not in the popular girl annoying sort of way. She's just friends with everyone and really tries hard to help others feel included.
She is the best aunt Enzo could ever have. Whenever Christian and I fantasize about exotic long trips Iris is always part of the fantasy as the one we would gladly leave Enzo with.
I am so excited to see her achieve her dreams. Happy birthday Irisinha, te amo!