The eve, countdown, memory lane last but not least a joyous occasion, my daughter Alexandra Claude (Alexsa)’s birthday. On September 10, Alexsa made her mark in the world weighing in 9lbs5oz by her first visit to the doctor she weighed a healthy 11lbs. She is happy, loving and responsible. Today we are celebrating another special day in our life and the word is “I am legal” and Mom proudly says and echoed, yay!
What was your experience or emotions as your child became “legal”, sad, empty, happy, free. An inquiry mind wants to know! our life walk has been rather simple, and at times challenging. I will miss the most saying the word pediatrics which usually means a little one may need our help. Thank you to all the doctors and nurses who contributed to my daughter’s care during her pediatric years. I always say a special thank you to the Providers especially during the extended hours or a week-end visit. You know those sudden ear infections, high fevers of unknown origin starting at 5:00 AM, cuts and the likes. One vivid recollection is during her first visit to the doctor we were greeted by “hi my name is Madonna and I am your nurse.” As a brand new Mom my jaw dropped. So what happened to nurse Madonna perhaps superstar Madonna herself can help us find her, a reunion.
What else, Alexsa said her first word at six month of age “MomMom”, at nine month she watched a whole episode of Jeopardy, and made her first steps at nine month also. Today she is a phenomenal dancer. She recently auditoned for Orchesis as a dancer and won. She also enjoys and is pasionate about choreagraphy. At the age of 6 she started to train as a dancer. She is a ballet, jazz, hip hop and lyrical dancer. My favorite is watching her dance over and over again to Willy Wonka, a lyrical thank you Miss Lyndi. At the age of 12 she is known as an International Photo Shoot Model. She performed at the World Championship of the Performing Arts in Hollywood in 2005. That was a memorable Red Carpet moment that we both enjoyed. She participated in 9 acts including dancing, acting and photo modeling. Alexsa was also published in the Haitian Times. I remember for her audition she danced to “Can’t touch this” by M.C. Hammer.
During her pre-K and K years at Montessori Alexsa and I helped organized a Tea Party for her class, what fun. Then we enjoyed watching movies or videos. Her all time favorite were “Little Orphan Annie” and “Cats.” Of course, when Cats toured the Chicagoland area, we were there in our seats ready for this four hour show. I knew all the characters and every time we played the video it was a new wonder in our household. Her favorite book was “Are you my Mother?” by Dr. Seuss. At the age of 7, Alexsa is a published author. Her poems and short stories remained refreshing still.
I remember during my trip to London I called her third grade class and had a conversation about my trip, what memory! In third grade Miss P. commented on her report card that she “is a natural born leader.” Alexsa’s favorite school activity was being a Crossing Guard, that was a proud moment in her life for making a difference. Alexsa was cutely featured in the Addison School District 4 Calendar for the year 2001-02. Alexsa is alos a great athele is in Basketball and Track Team. When the announcer would say and “Lexx has the ball” mom would get taller, and loud and proud. During her scholar years at Indian Trail I enjoyed accompanying her to Trombone lessons, Trombone lessons I said. She had excelled in this music and added the jazz component to her practice. Mr. U. continually gave her positive feedback. Alexsa graduated with honors from Junior High School..
Then we have moved on to High School. Living in the suburbs, one noticeable observation is that students relate to one another as an extended family. Her friends think that I have the biggest sense of humor in the world. This year Alexsa and her colleagues performed at the International Dance Show 2009-2010, a special gift to our town. Last Friday marked the beginning of the Football season at Addison Trail High School. The first game that ever watched in my life on an cool and breezy evening. It was also a great opportunity to watch Alexsa performed at half time with her friend Melissa and Angie. At this event the participants and their parents were acknowledged. It was also an opportunity to line up with Dr. Helton, the Principal. It was an honor to watch my daughter’s participation at a half time game as family and friends cheered on.
Alexsa enjoyed spending time with her beloved Gran-Ma. Over the years she had learned to understand French and Creole. She is currently studying the Spanish language. As a young person Alexsa spent many summers in New York City and immersed herself in learning the Haitian culture. I will am tickled pink when she will say this is how Haitians dance, Mom.
From Pediatrics to Young Adult, we completed a milestone, and welcome a new one with hope and vision.
My dear daughter, Alexsa continue to enjoy your life or “live your best life.” One day my daughter acknowledged me for allowing her to have plenty of “fun.” May all your dreams, aspirations come true and your love for people continue to blossom.
Chicago is a city of people… said Alderman Walter Burnett today on Fox News.
Love is my daughter Alexsa saying hello Madre, I miss you.
Bye for now as the count down to a special birthday begins…
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!!!!!
Kisses and hugs,