Two of my daughters have their birthdays this weekend. Erika was born in Northern California, and Jessika was born four years later in Southern California. They grew up in the Upper Midwest, however. My oh my, how the years have flown by! Erika has just turned the age when I got married. That makes me feel kind of old……*sigh*….……(wait for it)……………..Shit. Here’s a photo of them when we lived in Germany. Things were so simple back then, you know? I mean, I could put on a Disney movie and give them a Butterfinger; they were good to go. Nowadays they’re more sophisticated in their interests and hobbies. Erika is getting a business degree at the University of Wisconsin and working two jobs as an intern and waitress. Jessi is on the varsity swim team at the U.S. Naval Academy. Two cute girls become two beautiful, aspiring women in the blink of an eye, and I recede into the background, gratified and proud. I love them.