My third daughter has a birthday.
We will not go into details, but it is a very special one.
She doesn't want a celebration, but we may
have a hotdog together. What could be better?
You are such a joy to me Judith,
I love you dearly and just hope that this
new year brings you joy, this move into your new home
brings you much happiness.
I am grateful that your years have enriched my life
and the life of our family as well.
For I am recieving the best birthday gift today,
the gift of being your Mother.
~I believe you are tied with Leigh, for the most beautiful baby.~
~ and of course Betty, Merry and Hugh ~
A few years ago I suddenly realized that
all my children were gone and
had homes of their own.
My home felt bigger and more empty than before.
I knew this house could become a cold
and lonely space or a warm
comforting haven for our children
to seek refuge.
I hope it has been just that.
The good Lord had packed these rooms
with so many good memories, and
those memories sustained Dad and me
until the next time our children
came to visit, bringing their
children along with them.
It happened that fast.
I thank God for the Gift of time together.