Farewell to Orthodontia; Hello High School

This is the last photograph of the Little Admiral in braces:

They came off Monday — most importantly, before the start of school.

Monday evening’s menu consisted of BBQ ribs, corn on the cob, and three varieties of sticky candy for dessert — all forbidden foods for the past three years.

And this is the child I gave birth to 14 years ago, on the first day of her freshman year in high school. Two inches taller than last year, the braces are gone, and a wardrobe chosen from the best that the malls in Northern Virginia had to offer.

It’s going to be a great year!


  1. aaaahhhhh youth!!!!!!!She is a cutie!!!Glad to hear you all enjoyed some serious gum smackin grub in celebration. I’m sure SHE knows how to use a shotgun too eh? Good luck to her in her new High School year!!!!

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