Happiness Manifested

Today there is reason for great joy, my daughter is turning 6. It is a day of doughnuts, dolls and anything else that will make her grin that toothy smile.  As we make our way through today, I like to tell her what we were doing on the day of her 36 hour birth. Looking at her I can still see that baby’s smart blue eyes looking back at me. What she doesn’t understand, and likely won’t until she becomes a mom, is that this is my day too. In most ways, it is more magical to me than my own birthday is.

Being someone’s mommy has brought me the greatest happiness of my life. And I can say that even now, amidst her sister’s leave-no-parent-standing time of infancy.  No matter the financial  growing pains, the pain in the a** at work, or simply the pain in my body — I think on my girls and I am immeasurably proud, immeasurably grateful and just plain happy.

When I pick my daughter up from school she comes running at me with so much enthusiasm that she is always on the verge of toppling over or plowing right through me. I crouch down, open my arms wide and catch her: energy, skinny limbs and all. And for a moment I get to hold her, smell her hair, hear her giggle. Happiness manifested in this beautiful soul, my six-year-old girl.

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One response to this post.

  1. Oh so sweet! I completely agree that in motherhood your child’s birthday is more special than your own (’cause grown up birthdays? really? aren’t that great). Dahlia just turned 4 & her b-day party with family is tomorrow. 🙂 I’m definitely more excited for that than for my birthday! – of course my parents & sister don’t travel up for my birthday!

    Happy belated birthday to your big girl!!

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