Just 16 short years ago on April 22, 2002, my beautiful spawn blessed us with her early surprise arrival. Right from the start, she was too eager and impatient to embrace the world. Waiting until her due date of May 15th was just not an option for her. I went in for a normal routine doctor’s visit and was sent directly to the hospital.
The doctor was concerned because I had not felt her move in a few weeks and wanted me to get a stress test. The test showed her heartbeat kept dropping below an acceptable level and upon further tests, it was shown I have a rare condition where I cannot produce amniotic fluid in the third trimester. So after trying to induce my labor without success, the doctor decided an emergency c-section was to be performed. This is why she calls her birthday, her removal day! LOL…
Weighing in at just 4 pounds and 11 ounces, she was tiny but perfect and fully developed in every way. Through the years, she has shown a remarkable talent for skipping stages that normal children go through. Singing before she could talk, walking before she could crawl, drawing before she could write, and even understanding before the lesson has been taught. Wise beyond her years, yet still so hard for me as a mother to let go and let her grow.
My baby girl, now a smart, beautiful and talented young woman with the world at her feet ready to greet her and her it. She has never lost that sense of wonder from her toddler days and I hope she never does. It is with a warm heart, love, and tenderness along with a sense of awe that I watch each of her performances, just as I do and have with her older brother. I AM her biggest fan and I know she will succeed in whatever her heart desires.
Now enough of my sappy momma moments. For Cibila’s sweet 16 all she wanted for her birthday was to perform a concert set and feel like a star. This led us to speak with Kim the awesome owner of Brewed Awakenings Cafe in Saline, Michigan. We had been attending their Monday night open mic nights with Ted Montei for several years whenever we could. So I thought we would give it a shot and just ask Kim to see how she felt. Kim was absolutely delighted and thrilled that we wanted to host the party in the coffee shop and it just so happened that the day we wanted was free.
With the place, date and time set, I made a call to Industriestandard Records. Let me tell you, it pays to have a son in the music industry. LOL These awesome guys offered to bring out the equipment and run sound for the show. Fantastic!!! My daughter’s dream was coming true. All that was needed next was a crowd to enjoy the music. We got a little concerned when we only had 9 RSVPs up until the actual day of her party. So when we ended up filling the place to pretty much capacity, I was overjoyed and thankful that the folks over at Brewed Awakenings Cafe did not mind all of the extra business.
It turned out to be an amazing day for all involved most of all, for my darling daughter. She performed beautifully and the crowd enjoyed themselves. What more could a mother ask for? Without further ado, I would like to share with you the 6 recorded videos of Cibila’s performance. It is my hope that you too, will enjoy spending a few moments of your time being entertained by her.
A very special thanks to Kim and her employee’s over at Brewed Awakenings Cafe and the guys at Industriestandard Records. It would not have been possible without you.