Today is Jessica’s ninth birthday. Nine years ago, at around 6pm, I was down at King Edward Memorial Hospital, doing the pacing dad-to-be thing. I remember being raced into the surgery with Marianne, the worry of the doctors, brief joy, three weeks of stress and fear in the Neonatal Unit at PMH, and now nine full years of a gorgeous girl working to become herself, every day. It’s been a wonderful, joy-filled, scary journey. I look forward to many, many, many more years of it.