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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

ABC Wednesday : E is for Erica

Today's ABC Wednesday letter is E--and I claim that letter in honor of our daughter, Erica.

This was the tough little girl who grabbed the nurse's finger when she was born, beat up boys if they bothered her, fearless swimmer still in diapers, fishing at four, sax player in a ska band as well as marching & symphonic band, you name it. Now she has begun her third year at Georgetown Medical School, beginning short round periods at different venues in D.C.

When I visited her this spring I made her and her sister wait while I photographed some flowers, what else, and I also caught her giving what we lovingly describe as the 'look of death.'

But she hasn't been afraid to lift a shovel, gather food before dawn at the restaurant markets for the poor in Chicago, give back generously and have a great time doing it. Her life has been a series of minor set backs--including open heart surgery at 24 to repair a defective valve--but she continues to have an innate resilience and strength. Doubtless, she's been hard to keep up with but she never forgets those she loves. I think she will make a great doctor--soon!

Recently a young mother asked for advice. What, she wanted to know, was she to do with a 7-year-old who was obstreperous, outspoken, and inconveniently willful? "Keep her," I replied.... The suffragettes refused to be polite in demanding what they wanted or grateful for getting what they deserved. Works for me.

Anna Quindlen

Visit Round 3 of ABC Wednesday hosted by Mrs Nesbitt where you'll see more wonderful E photographs.

13 comments:

Greyscale Territory said...

Delightful pics, but loved too your series of comments to complement them!

Marianne said...

I always love it when you write about your girls. They're both so very beautiful, inside and out.
LOVE all the photos!

Bear Naked said...

What a wonderful tribute to your daughter Erica for ABC Wednesday E.

Bear((( )))

Blue said...

What a wonderful heartfelt tribute!

Love to her & you
Blue

AphotoAday said...

Beat up boys if they bothered her?
I'll remember that...

Old Wom Tigley said...

Beautiful E post... that look she give was a stunner.

leslie said...

What a wonderful tribute to your feisty daughter! From what she's gone through herself, she'll be more empathetic towards her patients, I'm sure. :D

Tommy V said...

great post and perfect "E"

Donna said...

How Wonderful a tribute to Erica!! Happy night sweetie!hughugs

Granny Smith said...

It's no wonder that you are proud of this independent, resilient daughter! The pictures show a woman and future doctor of intelligence and strength. I'd be glad to have her as my physician. Your comments round out the Erica profile.

I, too, love it when you write about your daughters. What a good choice for your E!

Denise said...

I love it when we have a commentary with the pictures, it makes ABC Wednesday so much fun.
Thanks for being part of it all.
Dxx

Nydia said...

You must be very proud of you daughter! What a sweet tribute! She's sweet. I'm sure she'll be a great doctor in the near future! Tough little girls become strong women, but with a heart full of good.

Kisses from Nydia.

anno said...

I can't believe I missed this wonderful post -- what a treat! And I love the picures, too!