Saturday, August 27, 2016

like every lark who lifts his life

Yesterday morning, Sophie picked her cup off the table and,  just like that, began drinking. I'm not sure what happened over the past week, but I really was thinking that the regression was the new normal. I even bought multiple Honey Bear bottles with straws in them on the internets on the advice of another special needs healthcare mother.

Sophie also looked directly into my eyes, and I could swear she said What kind of shit was this past week? 

Then, like the phoenix, she rose up leaving me, a pile of ashes.

The picture above is Sophie with former NFL football player and now medical marijuana spokesperson Eben Britton. Ya'll know what I think of football but -- well -- ummmmm, hmmmmm, yeah. He's a writer and passionate advocate for medical marijuana. This was a Realm of Caring/Faces of Cannabis event with one of my heroes, Ray Mirzabegian spearheading it with the incomparably talented Colorado photographer Nichole Montanez.

She did not take these pictures -- I did, and I was suitably flustered.

Would you like another one?


It's my 53rd birthday today, and my friend Chris sent me this poem, one of her favorites and now one of mine. It's by e.e. cummings


  1. So glad to hear Sophie is drinking. I was worried for you all. So cool about Eben and medical marijuana. He is ummmmmm, hmmmmmmm,yeah!

  2. Yowza! Love this - all of it. Happy birthday, happy drinking from a cup, happy weekend. Love the look on Sophie's face in that last picture. XOXO

  3. Those pictures of Sophie and Mr. Britton- a gift in themselves. Wow. I had no idea.
    Sophie. Girl! You scared us!
    And you- the lark. You are. You are. You are.
    Happy birthday. May it bring all god things.

  4. Happiest of birthdays to you, dear friend. I'm so glad that you and Sophie got to share in this event.💕

  5. Awesome. And happy birthday.

  6. That picture of Sophie drinking is such a beautiful beautiful sight. What a relief. I'm so glad Sophie's reflexes kicked back in!

  7. Oh, and happy birthday. Ignite a few candles and revel in another year!

  8. Gorgeous poem. Wonderful man. Sigh indeed.
    If I were a fairy godmother, I would send you a muscular, dashing helper for every day of the year.

  9. Happy happy birthday, seems like your Sophie chose the right moment to give you her present.

  10. Sippy cup runneth over. Happy birthday.

  11. I've never read that e.e. cummings poem - it's utterly amazing. Happy Birthday to you, Elizabeth. May you be that lark. May we all.

    1. i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
      my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
      i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
      by only me is your doing,my darling)
      i fear
      no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
      no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
      and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
      and whatever a sun will always sing is you

      here is the deepest secret nobody knows
      (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
      and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
      higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
      and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

      i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

  12. Happy birthday! And those pictures of Sophie and Eben are definitely swoon worthy! So glad our girl is drinking again.

  13. What a week! What a birthday! Doing the happy dance for Sophie and for you dear, dear Elizabeth. And the poem, absolutely perfect. A phoenix and a lark! Sweet Happy, Happy Birthday, XO!

    PS: Is Mr. Briton coming by for birthday cocktails?

  14. I hope this year is going to be an awesome one for you. With all the things that knocked you down this last year you deserve to be lifted up. Much love to you, Elizabeth. xo

  15. I'm so happy Sophie is drinking again, and I'm wishing you a wonderful year filled with peace, joy, and love.

  16. Happy Birthday! And what a terrific present Sophie presented you with. While C. hasn't ever refused drinks, we've been through many hunger strikes and I know that fear of it being the "new normal". (Wish our medical marijuana advocates look even a trifle like your Britton.)

  17. So glad that Sophie got her suck back. Happy Birthday, dear Elizabeth. Here's wishing you a year where things get better and easier with each month. x0 N2

  18. Well Sophie is a lucky young woman. I don't know if Sophie notices men but Katie does. It's embarrassing at times how she flirts. She does have good taste though, Katie I mean.

    And ummmmmm, hmmmmm, yeah. What did you say about Sophie and her drinking?

  19. Yay for Sophie and the sippy cup! And for Mr. Britton. WHEW.

  20. whew...weirdness and I'm glad she is drinking again. A wild ride, for sure.

  21. I know we're not super close or anything but I just love you.
    Happy birthday Dear!!

  22. May you be gay indeed. Beautiful post. Happy birthday!

    Greetings from London.

  23. Happy happy birthday and sippy cup celebrations <3



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