We drove up to Columbus yesterday for some belated birthday festivities with Kayla. The official day was last Saturday but a sorority dance, finals and her job made Wednesday a better choice for celebrating. As it's turned out, she's been feted by first one family member and then another for a week now but then birthdays are special occasions.
Somehow our little granddaughter has managed to reach her final year in the teens and I'm still trying to figure out how that happened. I swear it was just yesterday she turned thirteen and here we are celebrating nineteen. I haven't figured out a way to slow down the clock so I suppose it's just going to get worse in the coming years.
And as we've done every year at our birthday dinner, I asked and she answered The Questions. Well, that's what they've come to be known. It's basically a summary of her favorites, from school to entertainment, with a few future predictions thrown in for good measure. It started out as something to keep her busy as we waited for a table at a busy restaurant and kind of evolved from there. And if I don't bring it up, she'll remind me.
Some things have changed a lot over the years. Her favorite color has gone from pink to blue, back to pink and then orange. The last couple of years it's been seafoam green. I told her she's definitely my girl since that's it's just a shade off my favorite aqua. It wouldn't me me she patterned her music taste after however; this year's pick was anything by country singer Luke Bryan.
Her favorite food is always steak...except when she was fifteen and listed tacos. And I thought I might learn something when I asked her to list her best friend. Most years it's two or three names but yesterday she only gave me one: Elizabeth. When I told her I thought she might also include the boy she's been dating for the last few years, she paused for a minute. Nah, she said, with a sly smile and a sideways glance of her dancing eyes as only she can do. Maybe I did learn something after all.
It's fun for me to look back and remember when she wanted to be a pre-school teacher or a veterinarian; now she's preparing to study dental hygiene. The responses to her favorite movie, book and television show are a reflection of both the current culture and her evolving tastes.
I'm not sure how long she'll be intrigued by this game of questions and answers, perhaps until she's 25 which is when she predicts she'll marry. Some of them are certainly timeless and it might be interesting to see how much they change or don't change over the course of a lifetime. They'll be a scrapbook one of these days; it's on my Someday list. :-)
In the meantime, we'll continue to enjoy the chance to spend a little one-on-one time with our girl, celebrating her turning another year older as well as the special bond that only grandparents/grandchildren share. Questions or not, I wouldn't have it any other way.