April 16th, 2001: Thea Kiku Eigo is born by emergency C-section at the hospital across from the bowling alley. I don’t remember how much she weighed, but I do remember being told (and constantly reminded) that she was a bigger baby than I was when I was born. I remember the first time I saw her, she was bright red and screaming and didn’t look real. I remember she took what seemed like forever to get here.
Thea’s first name is Greek for ‘goddess.’ The name was taken from the book, Song of the Lark by Willa Cather. Her middle name, Kiku, means ‘chrysanthemum’ in Japanese. I remember asking my parents if we could name her Chrysanthemum, and my Grandmother suggested her middle name be Kiku. I compromised.
Today, despite being miles away, I celebrate the birth of my beautiful, talented, kind-hearted, kick-ass little sister who is now much taller than I am. She is all I ever wanted in a sibling, plus much more. Happy 14th year of life, Thea!