True to the Laws of Childbirthing, this one arrived under the cover of darkness. I was present for it all, including this: I remember being aware of sights, smells, sensation and emotions, but my sense of hearing was turned off at his birth. Was it a complete absence of sound, or did I just not hear any words being spoken by those present? No matter.
What I want to say is this: this child, now a man, is in my heart today, his 25th birthday. Allow me to wax a tad---to list for my own delight (and perhaps yours too)---a handful of things that make him who he is.
Equitable. Self aware. Generous. Considerate. Unconventional. Spontaneous. Organized. Playful. Authentic. Wise. Steady, yet flexible. Loyal, truly.
Handsome! Open-hearted. Creative, inspired, inspiring. Colorful. Coordinated (though also occasionally color-coordinated).
He came bearing a message, at 7 months gestation: "I am going to bring light, playfulness and joy to the family; get ready!"
|Savoring the nourishment of body, mind|
and spirit, summer 1989.
|Taking time along the Shenandoah, October 2013.|