For many American youth, 16 is probably the most important birthday they’ll celebrate before they reach legal adulthood. At 16, a young person can get a driver’s license and a job—and, more importantly, he or she can enjoy the freedom and be expected to cope with the responsibilities that come with both. Kaylee Moore of Swainsboro knows all about this special time in life; she recently turned 16 on January 26.
The daughter of Kevin and Hope Moore celebrated her “Sweet 16” not once but twice.
The first celebration was a gathering at her home on January 22. Some 13 friends and family attended and enjoyed the birthday girl’s favorite dinner, a low country boil. The attendees were also treated to chocolate cake and ice cream. Miss Moore received many gifts; her favorite was a record player. Rose gold Sweet 16 decor abounded throughout the Moore home, a Sweet 16 banner adorned the front yard, and an instant picture booth was employed to photographically document the occasion. Miss Moore wore a “Sweet 16” sash throughout the evening.
Four days later, on the eve of her actual birthday, Miss Moore and her family celebrated her 16th birthday once more. This second celebration constituted a smaller, more intimate gathering for family only in the privacy of their home. The highlight of the party was a homemade red velvet confection prepared by the birthday girl’s maternal grandmother.
When asked why she most enjoyed turning 16, Miss Moore, of course, gave an expected answer; she is excited to drive. She also offered a simple goal she will be working toward now: obtaining her second-degree black belt in karate.
Her grandparents include Charles and Wylene Taylor, JC and Joan Morgan, and the late Steelie Moore.