Happy Birthday to my Daughter
In the midst of a surprise snowstorm in October and more than a month early, an erratic labour produced a lovely child with enchanting pale blue eyes; eyes the colour of autumn morning skies.
A new woman in the world. A tiny pink mouth in a miniature of her father’s face.
She would grow to be generous, make spontaneous decisions, and have boundless capacity for love and sudden laughter.
A mixture of warmth and adventure, ever bringing home stray friends, excelling at school and university, especially in the sciences, arts and writing.
A woman of strong will and inner strength, graceful movements and slow temper, wise counsel and empathy.
She is all this: world traveller, gourmet cook, handy-woman, organizer, maker of lists, caretaker of the environment, working Mom, fierce and loving mother of two sons, civil engineer, wife.
And more: red haired, blue-eyed baby, now Senior Construction Project Manager, with wicked wit like her Dad’s, fit and slender, healthy and strong, more beautiful than she knows herself to be.
Happy Birthday to my daughter...
As you walk your own path,
as you dream your own dreams,
as you live the life you choose,
may your living be blessed.
I love you,
Words and photo are ©copyright Carol Steel.