Willow Bianca Faye Palin was born this day in 1994, missing July 4th by less than 24 hours. Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was a Wasilla City Councilwoman on Seat E and a hockey mom on the PTA at the time. Willow was named after Willow Creek – a small Alaskan community where gold was discovered in 1867 – and Willow Bay, one of Gov. Palin’s favorite sports reporters. She wrote in Going Rogue, pages 66 and 67:
“Because Todd was on the Slope a lot, the Carter family usually babysat Track and Bristol during the Monday night meetings. Later in my first council term, the kids started school and I got involved in the PTA. Then our third child, pretty little Willow Bianca Faye, came along. I went into labor with her on the Fourth of July while kayaking with the Menards on Memory Lake. I so wanted a patriotic baby that I paddled as hard as I could to speed up the contractions, but she held out until the next day. After she was born, I took Willow to council meetings with me, toting her in her car seat and rocking her next to my legs under the old wooden council table. I didn’t care too much what the good old boys said about it either.”
In Gov. Palin Predicts Media Boobery on Breastfeeding, I recounted what Gov. Palin wrote in reference to nursing Willow in a Snugli while cutting a radio ad. The relevant paragraph is also on Page 67 of Going Rogue.
Now, today, 19 years later Willow has transitioned into a strong, fiercely independent adult woman who may some day smash glass ceilings with her own sonic booms.
Willow most recently co-starred with her sister, Bristol, and Joan and Melissa Rivers on Celebrity Wife Swap. She graduated from Penrose Academy and is a licensed cosmetologist. Last year, she co-starred with Bristol on Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp.
The staff of US for Palin wish Willow a happy birthday and a future filled with love, joy, health, abundance.