Sunday, March 8, 2015

Happy 20th Birthday, Sophie!



My heart is full. Twenty years ago, you made me a mother. The years have flown by with bewildering speed, and they've inched forward, too, agonizing for both of us. Always, though, you, with grace. How blessed am I. How blessed are thee. A mermaid swimming out of me and away, a flicker of tail, swish.



The Cloths of Heaven

HAD I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. 


William Butler Yeats


27 comments:

  1. So beautiful. Happy birthday to your sweet Sophie.

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  2. Your writing is so moving.
    Happy birthday to Sophie and happy anniversary of becoming her mom to you.

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  3. What a beautiful poem and happy birthday Sophie.

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  4. Another perfect post.
    And Sophie- your mother-making-mermaid. How fully you have loved her, kept her safe, her beauty intact.
    Love to you both!

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  5. Happy birthday to dear Sophie. You wrap that cloth embroidered with gold and silver light around her every day. Sending love to you both.

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  6. What a gorgeous poem - perfect for this day, and your lovely Sophie.

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  7. Happy birthday Sophie - you are so loved!

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  8. Happy birthday Sophie - you are so loved!

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  9. Happy Birthday to you both!

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  10. Mighty mother, mighty daughter. Happy birthday and much love.

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  11. Happy Birthday, Sophie. You and your mother are strong and beautiful.

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  12. Happy birthday dear Sophie. I wish you and your family joy.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  13. My brother's birthday too. Happy Birthday Sophie and Elizabeth. Sophie I have that same Picasso boat shirt!

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  14. Happy birthday Sophie! And to you Elizabeth, to the strongest mother I know, your writing so eloquent, always. The poem made me cry. Love to the both of you.

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  15. She is such a beautiful young woman. And you too, a beautiful woman. In all ways, both of you, connected and strong, you show us all what love is.

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  16. Hugs and special wishes to you both.

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  17. This is so beautiful. Happy Birthday, dear Sophie.

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  18. Lovely words. Happy birthday to your lovely girl.

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  19. so much emotions of so many different kinds well up in me as I read this. Happy Happy Birthday Sophie, And congratulations to your whole family.

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  20. Happy Birthday Sophie! I hope there was good food and bad Happy Birthday song singing.

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  21. Happy Birthday to your dear Sophie!

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  22. I'm late, but I truly hope the day was filled with joy and laughter and love.

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  23. Happy birthday Sophie! (I'm so glad you posted on IG photos of the day!)

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  24. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET BEAUTIFUL SOPHIE!!!!!! XOXOXOX

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  25. I'm so sorry I've been absent but am all caught up now, just in time to wish dear Sophie a beautiful birthday. You have both been given - and given us- grace. Thank you & happy spring from the frozen tundra.

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