Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Special Birthday...

My daughter is 30 today.  Thirty!  How did that happen?  Of course, I know...10,950 days, one day at a time = her life thus far.  A beautiful life it is too -- full of rewarding work; good, solid friendships; people to love who love her back; and people who loved her before she knew what it was all about.  Like every life, there have been some challenges, and more grief than I'd ask her to bear, if I'd had any control over it (which, of course, like every parent, I didn't).  And, like every life, the challenges and the grief have simply polished the beautiful core with Lessons Learned.

Now in her own new home, with yard, garden, snowfall and all to care for, she's crossing the threshold to a new decade, full of possibility.  My Sweet Darling, I offer you this prayer from the deep past of our Celtic heritage:

Be the great God between thy two shoulders
To protect thee in thy going and in thy coming.*

Happy Birthday!  Happy Life!

*Found in To Pause at the Threshold: Reflections on Living on the Border, Esther de Waal, Morehouse Publishing, 2001. 

1 comment:

Bee said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter! It is amazing (and a little frightening) how fast time goes by. Lovely post, Margaret!