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Happy Birthday / 27 May 05

Happy Birthday / 27 May 05

Today is my son's birthday and he is fourteen years old. I could have choosen an updated picture, but this picture in particular has sentimental value to me. The last time I celebrated my Son's birthday on his birthday was when he was five years old. He graduated the same day from Pre- Kindergarden as you can see above. I do see him every vacation, but I sure miss being with him on his birthday. Happy Birhtday, Christopher!

One day they will...

One of these days you'll explode
and shout to all the kids,
"Why don't you just grow up
and act your age?"

And, they will...

"Or, You guys get outside
and find something to do...
without hurting each other...
AND DON'T SLAM THE DOOR!"

And they don't...

You'll straighten their bedroom
until it's all neat and tidy,
toys displayed on the shelf...
hangers in the closet...
animals caged...
You'll yell
"NOW I WANT IT TO STAY THIS WAY!"

And it will...

You will prepare a perfect dinner
with a salad that hasn't
had all the olives picked out
and a cake with no finger traces in the icing
and you'll say,
"NOW THIS IS A MEAL FOR COMPANY!"

And you will eat it alone...

You'll yell
"I want complete privacy on the phone!
No screaming, DO YOU HEAR ME?"

And no one will answer...

No more plastic tablecloths stained
No more dandelion bouquets,
No more iron-on patches,
No more wet, knotted shoelaces,
muddy boots or rubber bands for ponytails.

Imagine.....a lipstick with a point!
No babysitters for New Years Eve!
Washing clothes only once a week!
No PTA meetings or silly school plays
where your child is a tree,
or a little dutch girl named Mena,
no car pools, blaring stereos or forgotten lunch money.

No more Christmas presents made
of library paste and toothpicks,
No wet oatmeal kisses,
No more tooth fairy,
No more giggles in the dark,
Scraped knees to kiss
Or sticky fingers to clean.

Only a voice asking
WHY DON'T YOU GROW UP?

And the silence echoes:
"I did."

~~ Author Unknown


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Si Kirk29-May-2005 16:14
Wonderful photo, Happy Birthday
Guest 29-May-2005 00:44
Eloquent shot.Happy Celebration :-) Quite a family resemblance in the smile,cheeks and around the eyes.Cool subtle reflection.Nice symbolic touch with the hand.Good shot :-)
jude28-May-2005 21:01
I can remember thinking - as my kids became teen - how much I wanted them to be little again. Just for a few moments ..

Very sweet photo and happy birthday to your son. I like how you are reflected there.
Pepe Zyman28-May-2005 20:39
Happy Birthday.
Cliff28-May-2005 14:57
Beautiful and touching. My children always seem, in my minds eye and maybe my heart, four years old.
Herb Knufken28-May-2005 14:54
Nice and touching
Chris28-May-2005 14:00
Nice variation on the self portrait, Susanne. I think it would have been just as nice not to desaturate your hand. I don't think its distracting to the overall photo at all
don nieman28-May-2005 12:55
Touching and beautiful.
whiskey0128-May-2005 06:12
awesome sp susanne, I love how we see the reflection of you, it shows that you are always thinking of him. Happy bday christopher!
Neal Nye28-May-2005 02:42
That poem could bring tears to a person's eyes. Strong emotions.
Elaine (etfitz)28-May-2005 02:22
A wonderful image! Happy Birthday Christopher!
Tom Darby28-May-2005 01:09
Happy Birthday to your Son! And to you as well, because of you he is able to celebrate them! Very touching words indeed Susanne!
John Finlayson27-May-2005 22:45
Very ptofound words Susanne, sometimes we forget the positive sides of our children.
Gayle P. Clement27-May-2005 22:20
A nice photo. Happy birthday to Christopher.
Susanne27-May-2005 22:11
I am glad you noticed Ann, I done this on purpose for my SP today. I wanted the attention on my son and my SP to be just something as a sight project.
Ann LT27-May-2005 21:56
Very touching...Happy happy Birthday Christopher!!!
I like how we can see you in your son's photo.
Coleen Perilloux Landry27-May-2005 21:42
Very nice, Susanne. Very touching.
Stu27-May-2005 21:05
Very nice, Susanne. Happy birthday Christopher
Mark Rutter27-May-2005 21:03
Very, very touching Susanne.
Guest 27-May-2005 19:44
Very nice color selection and story
Michael Bertrand27-May-2005 19:12
Very emotional and powerful image.Well done.
Mike Bates27-May-2005 18:46
Very good image... it says alot

Mike
Al Varland27-May-2005 18:40
Yes Happy Birthday Christopher!! Touching photo Susanne.
bandito27-May-2005 18:24
What a powerful quotation - something for all parents to remember - including me. Thanks for writing it down.