this little bean is eighteen years old today. i'm mystified as to how that happened so fast! she was about one year old in this photo; a year before that, on the night of november 18th, mark and i went out to dinner at our favorite baltimore indian restaurant, akbar, with my mom and my brother david. we ate there so often that we were pretty chummy with the waiters, but they became alarmed when i went into labor there and all four of us talked excitedly about it. the way i remember it, they brought us the check really really quickly.
they shouldn't have worried, because she was born more than twenty-four hours later. she had her eyes wide open and a determined look on her face.
i love you, bean, and i'm so proud of who you are at eighteen.