28 April, 2011

Birthday Words

Where did I learn to feel the breeze, nurture a flower and welcome the rain?
Where did I learn to dance with the fireflies, respect the Earth and sing with the birds?
Where did I learn to jump in, adapt to the depth and dig my toes in to the sand?
Where did I learn that the world can weep, decisions can change and things can be forgiven?
Where did I learn to honor truths, embrace challenges and appreciate grace?

When a flower is more than a developed seed
When the rain is more than the weather
When the breeze is more than the wind

You have taught me how to learn, how to love, how to laugh and how to cry
You have taught me how to appreciate, how to nurture, how to sing and how to dance
You have taught me how to hold on, how to forgive and how to change

Because of you mom, I have learned
You have taught me what it means to be a mom
And now, because of you I will teach
When I look at her I see the world-and because of you I will teach

All because of you

These words were written for me today, and I am honored.

I turned 52 today.
I feel about 28.
That can't be bad.

ann marie


  1. Really beautiful words. You must be SO proud!

    Happy 28th Birthday because you're only as old as you feel!

  2. Happy Birthday! May God bless you and it is okay to feel young again, we are young at heart and that keeps us young...


  3. Happy Birthday Ann Marie. Thank you for sharing the poetry/love letter from your adult child.
    - Joy

  4. Happy Happy Birthday- I am 62 and feel 32-life is good-and as long as your health holds out you are only as old as you feel. Lovely words written for you-someone loves you very much! xxoo Diana


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