To Have A Daughter Is To Feel Deep Love

Happy Day!

It’s always a happy day on someone’s birthday, and today I celebrate my oldest daughter Kathryn.

Kathryn– faithful, beautiful heart, leader, mesmerizing eyes, funny laugh, compassionate, great intelligence and one of a kind daughter.

When I was pregnant with Kathryn, and I found out my due date, her birthday one day before mine, I secretly hoped that we would share the same day.  However, it’s a blessing she has her own day because she can celebrate it uniquely, as she is truly unique.

The nanosecond in which Kathryn was delivered, her eyes were wide open, moving back and forth like windshield wipers as to take inventory of her new surroundings.  She is still like this, inquisitive and observant.  She naturally energizes a room with her dynamic and caring disposition, and the best part is I learn from Katinoula (her loving Greek nickname) every day.


Such a blessing to have a daughter like Kathryn who cares about her siblings, advises them as only as a sister can through similar experiences, and on top of it all, keeps an eye on her loving daddy!


I remember the day Kathryn went to her father’s law office for DADDY DAUGHTER DAY.  She insisted on taking a backpack so she could be like her daddy and carry things home from work! She wanted to get dressed up and be professional, look the part, and she made sure I styled her hair.  Not much has changed, Kathryn still loves to look amazing and polished when she walks out the door!


Kathryn is a great daughter who has always listened to me and been very respectful. We have so much fun together, but she knows that sometimes mom needs support too.  Like when she traveled to KC with me to be with my mom, her Yia Yia, during her cancer battle.  The love, compassion, understanding, and kind words Kathryn shared with me during the darkest hours of my life was a significant source of strength for me.  

Thank you, Birthday girl!!! 

Kathryn is named after her Yia Yia, and the honor is big.  It gives me great joy to know that my daughter carries on the legacy of an extraordinary woman, my mother! 


The day Kathryn left for college she wrote a note on a small piece of paper encouraging me to continue my business pursuits, and I still have the note on my bathroom mirror.  I read it every morning when I brush my teeth upon waking.  This inspiration she gave me is one example of how she loves me, but not as much as I love watching her grow into the exceptional young woman she is today.


To have a daughter is love, and that is my Kathryn!
Kiki ( your mom forever)

Kiki is a master interviewer with 25 years broadcasting on Kansas City and Chicago radio. She was a prevalent force at WMAQ & WBBM radio where she was the first female airborne news/traffic reporter in the "Windy City". Kiki’s voiceover work has garnered her Omni awards for Evian water and Coca-Cola commercials. These days Kiki enjoys energizing audiences on stage during motivational speaking engagements, and through writing. Her highly regarded “Kefi-That Life Force” column, was published previously in The Greek Star. She’s currently working on her first non-fiction book. [ View all posts ]