Saturday, May 30, 2009

loosing a force upon the world

You always had a mind of your own.

When my body said it's time for you to be born, you said I don't think so, maybe in another 2 or 3 days. And when they finally dragged you out, I wondered if I knew what the hell I had gotten myself into.

It turns out it was the crowning achievement of my life.

I can't begin to count all the times you have amazed me or made me laugh or fed me all my best lines. Who's going to keep me relevant when you move on to tackle all the adventures that life is going to offer you?

But this is not about me, except in the way that you astound me and in the way that I sometimes wonder who I would be, if not for you. Now that you are officially an adult, maybe it's no longer weird and kinda creepy that you are my best friend.

Remember always that you are fierce as hell, that you have a stunningly brilliant mind, that you own this life. Put your stamp on it, and stamp hard.

Every May 30th, I will look out at the cherry tree blooming profusely outside your window, and I will remember how you blossomed and showed the world your beauty. And I will feel so blessed.

Stay fierce, always.


Anonymous said...

Cheers, RO!

Wandering Coyote said...

*sniff sniff*

Volly said...

And how did those years ever get gone so fast??

Allison said...

Sniff, sniff! This made me cry. So eloquently put. I love that picture too.

Happy Birthday to the RO! I hope that she has a day free of any responsibility, and filled with lots of cake and good friends. This year is going to be the greatest adventure, or rather, the start of the greatest adventures to come! :)

Karen said...

That's beautiful Barb.

Jane said...

oh jeez, i'm definitely my mother's (who's her mother's) daughter... getting a bit verklemmt about this post!
great job, little cuz!
have fun tonight.

glassmeow said...

Happy Birthday (and congrats on graduation, too) to R.O. May you two always be best friends as well as mom and daughter!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks everyone, for all your sweet words. Twas a splendid birthday, I think. The teenagers are still celebrating downstairs, but my job here is done and I can go to bed now.

BeckEye said...

Aww, how sweet! Happy Birthday, RO!

Deb said...

Aw, this brought a tear.

You've done well Mom (& Dad). The ink on the stamp pad.

Good luck Eva...from all that I've learned of you, you truly are fierce. Set the world on fire now...we're all in your corner. All the best to you.

Charlie said...

Happy Birthday to the RO.

And she's bound to do well with a mom who loves her so much.

justrun said...

Aw, Happy Birthday to your girl!

Sean Wraight said...

William Wordsworth once said:

"Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart."

(Your writing never ceases to amaze Barb.)

Best Birthday and graduation wishes to Eva.


Anonymous said...

Belated happy birthday wishes, niece of mine! I will get your mom to give you a big squeeze from Auntie Berni.
have been away...will call soon

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You are all so sweet. Not a smart ass in the bunch. Thank you all, you beautiful people.

Jas B said...

Awww, such a sweet post Barb.
Happy B'day to Eva! :)

Gifted Typist said...

Utterly beautiful and most excellent advice.
I can hardly see this through the tears in my eyes.