Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tina Fey's Biggest Fan Turns 15

Kira turns 15 today. I'm amazed and sad at the same time. How did that happen? It seems like just yesterday she was propelling her 10-pound body out of that 6-inch incision in my stomach. (Yes, ten pounds. High-five to whoever invented the epidural.)

I'm not going to go on and on here about what a great kid she is (straight-A student! Member of the Young Feminists Club at her school!), partly because I've said it before but mostly because I've got a million things to do before forty-two kids descend on our house for her party on Saturday. Did I mention they're all high schoolers? Did I mention a lot of them are boys? I wonder if I can get my hands on an epidural by this weekend.

(This is the first high-school party we're hosting - what should I feed them? Soda and potato chips? Iced mochas and pizza?  Also, what's the best way to confiscate beer and cigarettes from a teenager? I heard a light chokehold works best, but I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings.)

We're taking her out to her favorite restaurant tonight (Mexican, of course) and as for her gift, we bought her tickets to this, the only thing she asked for:

Because don't all 15-year-old girls want to see a 40-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man talk on stage?

Anyone who knows Kira is aware that she's a HUGE Tina Fey fan, that she never misses an episode of 30 Rock, that she's watched all the repeats of SNL that she was on, that she uses Liz Lemon as part of her Facebook name. So this gift won't seem strange, but it raised the hackles of another parent I mentioned it to and I spent more than a few minutes explaining that Kira really would not know what to do with a Justin Bieber duvet cover.

Or a Twilight Bra:

Instead, she'll get the tickets along with this card I found:


After all, I figure a smart, successful, funny, talented writer/actress isn't such a bad role model for a kid these days, right? So here's to you Tina Fey, for making our gift giving easy this year. And for not putting your face on a duvet cover. Yet.

But most of all here's hoping my lovely, sweet Kira, who I love with all my heart, has a birthday to top all birthdays and a blissful year ahead. As Liz Lemon would say, You want to go there.

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  1. NorCal Sistah4/13/2011 7:37 PM

    First of all, that is just the sweetest post and I am always so impressed with the young lady that Kira has become. She was always special but because of two wonderful parents that fully support and involve themselves with their children she has become even more amazing.

    I absolutely love that she wants to see this program with Tina Fey and Steve Martin -- I know that my Mom would be so incredibly impressed with her -- I am sure she is beaming up there in heaven at her very first grandchild asking for this as her gift -- the grandchild that she has the most special connection with.

    You have much to be proud of (with both your kids) and I expect that you will have much to be proud of in the future -- but I think amazing kids just don't happen without having extra special parents! Way to go Mom!

  2. Happy Birthday to beautiful Kira.

    Now I'm going to ask my Mom if she'll get me tickets for that show...

  3. Happy birthday to Kira! I think every mother should get a free epidural on their daughter's 15th birthday.

  4. What a nice post for your daughter! And a lovely gift, she sounds like a wonderful girl :) I love following your blog so I "awarded" you the Versatile Blogger award, check it out at

  5. Dimples to die for and gift request that even I'm proud of on her behalf (I didn't even knew this event existed!)
    Happy birthday, to your sweet Kira ( and so lucky are you, a house without a Bieber duvet).

  6. Happy Birthday to Kira and if she has a weird personality change in the next few days can I have her ticket? Cuz Tina Fey and Steve Martin sound awesome! Seriously, she sounds like a great kid. I have a 15 year old son with a lot of acne who thinks Eddie Izzard is hilarious and who is funny and smart himself, although without dimples. Could there be a future here? ;)

  7. Love it! I hope my girl is as cool in her tastes (in both role models and clubs) when she reaches 15. I've loved the excerpts of Bossypants I've read in The New Yorker Can't wait to read the whole thing. (And, yes, love the dimples :)


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