Guest Blog: Anjie Henley, Sweet 16.


I think when people talk about “sweet” 16 they are talking about it from “memory” and not exactly  “in their place and time” …… well ……..that is how I see it NOW at least.     Faith turned 16 yesterday…… she is adorable, full of drama life and full of herself too.  There isn’t a day that goes by that something isn’t happening that is devastating life changing around here.

Yes, her birthday, we have been talking about it for a year month now and will continue to talk about it for at least another week (she has money to spend and dinners to attend).  The plans have been schemed planned and replanned / changed and altered to best fit what she thought would be the absolute best of her  possibilities and options.

They had nothing to do with the CAR I had planned on giving her for her birthday, as most 16 year olds wish to have a car for their birthday.   We have been working on the “zipper” and fixing it up gradually now for a few years.   It isn’t exactly ready and it won’t be for a while, but she also won’t have her drivers license until at least June.   I thought that signing the title over to her would be a great birthday gift so she too could “gussy it up” how she likes it ………….. until………… she let me know that we should just give her the car, that she shouldn’t have to “put it on a list.”   INTERPRETED this means………… “I want something else for my birthday and Christmas not this car that I see sitting here, that should be given to me for “no occasion”  because I am Faith and I am SWEET 16.”

She opted for $ instead of the hotel with indoor swimming pool party for 8 girls that I planned for her.   The $250 that we would have spent for that night (yes on a deal of course) went directly into her pocket to be spent on what ever her little heart desires   things like sculptured nails (that I am against), monster drinks, and some other things that she has wanted for a while.   Having money is having a certain sense of no one can tell me what to do freedom at that age.   So she wanted that opportunity.  Yea……….. about that………. I will be making my own posts today to dispel that congratulate her on her wise choices.

I didn’t want her birthday to go by with just a fluttering wad of money being spent on a bunch of things she wouldn’t have in years to come, so I also bought her and her cousin tickets to see NEVER SHOUT NEVER (along with CD download) in Norfolk next week and planned a family surprise party and cake too!

I was so happy that Michelle, her gf from school, could make it too with the last minute invitation that I gave her when she inquired about making another party for Faith, because she felt sorry that her heard that the other party was canceled.

We went to our favorite restaurant, El Cerra Azul and had all of the fixins, singing, laughing, people that love you and 2 cakes.  All of the things memories are made from.  And oh yea……… money……. She was so excited as you can see from the pictures……. I was really disappointed that we (Faith and Butch and I) didn’t take a photo together… but Faith said that’s “fine just photo shop one”  LOL………just a sign of the times. “Make a memory the easy way.”

I am sitting here now trying really hard to remember my own 16th birthday and can’t remember a thing about it. I don’t have a photo or a clue what even happened that day .   Maybe I should “photoshop” one?


One thought on “Guest Blog: Anjie Henley, Sweet 16.

  1. Excellent job. One Daughter who just wanted to go to dinner with her friends (6) and nothing more. The other daughter wanted a road trip to Disney on Ice with accompanying food, and later a sleep-over for 7. Said OK but $700 later wish I had my head examined!

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