You know how I’m “deardean22”? On here? The 22 is for the day of the months Teenlet & I are born. Both on the 22nd. Me June and her.. today. Teenlet is 16 today. Omg. She’s my only kid and she looks at me like that all the time because, teens. Short birthday thread:
She was a cute little sprite when she was born.
Grew up and started liked music & boy bands, as one does.
She has seen the best politicians in her short life.
She’s only reading boring school books but I always make certain her library is stacked for when she reads for pleasure again.
She’s always been a hard worker and she certainly doesn’t put sugar on her grits and she’ll give you that look if you suggest it.
She’s extremely in love with her dog, Darth Shnoodle. Uh, Sir Darth Shnoodle.
She has lifelong friends w/the girls. And Bunny/Berry
She’s good in school, unlike me. Thanks to her mom. She loves her older cousin.
She’s Leah Dean, named for her grandmother, my mom, Floy Dean. This is each of us at 16. Two beautiful young ladies & a malcontent weeks away from dropping out of high school, me. Thank goodness for her other genes 🧬
She is.. a curly girl and loves it. My drains hate it. She’s learned to be quick to say: “don’t touch my hair” to folk.
I wrote this book so she’d have an original Goddess mythology that shows the divine love of women & girls, & honors the divine feminine. It’s from bedtime stories I made up. I read the first copy aloud as she was going to bed, like when she was little, & she fell right to sleep.
Thank you all for the wonderful birthday wishes. I shared with teenlet a bit ago and she says thank you (and other stuff about me using her cuteness for likes 😂😂🥴🥴🙃)

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