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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy 17th Birthday Belin

 today's small stone:

When "memory" and "nostalgia" meet "here" and "now" they must find a way to fit into the same glass slipper (or Momma's big boots) without shattering anything.

linking to:
a river of stones

Belin, age 2
I found this priceless quote on my friend Dr. Jay's blog a while ago and have been waiting to share it with the thoughts it inspired in me.

“It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.”
~Frank Zappa

Your world began with incredible, crystal landscape welcomed you as Daddy drove down the center of the highway, because there were no "lanes" due to the storm that brought you into the world. Right from the start you had your own path Belin.

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On an early November evening not so long ago, I finished helping you dress up for an elegant Sweet Sixteen party for one of your friends. And as I started my mommarazzi extravaganza, annoying you mercilessly with my endless photo shoot, I looked through the lens and thought: “Holy crap, you look like a woman! When did this happen??”
I saw it, see it happening gradually every day, but it isn't until moments like the evening I described above, when you are dressed to the nines, that I finally realize my little girl...isn't anymore. You've turned some corner and behold; before me stands a beautiful young woman.  You are 17 today Belin. You have much maturing to do before you can fully claim adulthood, but still, on that evening, you suddenly looked like a grown woman gazing at yourself in front of the antique mirror above the bureau from Aunt Bella, your namesake.
My daughter, you hold equal interest in forensic anthropology (bones that tell stories), the written word, rocks and minerals, speaking French, the ancient peoples of the British Isles, cooking vegetarian cuisine with your own delicious creative flair, and everything there is to know about Harry Potter and his magical world.
 So is this the end of the world, my world, as you turn and pass through a door?
Is this what Zappa meant, this sinking feeling of missing my little girl and your prized "Barbie's from around the world" collection that once occupied space on your shelf, boxed and stored away for years now? The tiny blond child  with abundant curls, building fairy houses in every nook between the above-ground tree roots you could find in our yard? The same child I read bedtime stories to, over and over until you could do it yourself, at which point getting you to close a book and go to sleep became an impossible quest? Clearly I'm more caught up in nostalgia than paperwork!

Oh darling, eldest daughter, beautiful and open when you choose,

 inward and longing for solitude often, because that nourishes you
 with your brilliant, inquisitive mind, sharp wit and infectious belly giggle, 

 impossibly tiny Cinderella feet,
(size 5!)
 that will take you exactly where you need to go in this life are blossoming.

Happy Birthday Belin!

Yes I love you bigger than the sky!


  1. what a beautiful message for your daughter!

  2. Oh, to be seventeen, young and beautiful like Belin! Happy Birthday! Go confidently out into the world in pursuit of your dreams!

  3. A lovely birthday message to your beautiful daughter. I especially like that contemplative photo with the earbuds...

  4. Oh, what a loving birthday message. Your writing made me think of my own daughter, an adult now. Each growth spurt sprung a leak in my eyes as I watched helplessly wanting to hold on to her childhood. But, as a parent, we know its about letting go, teaching and loving. I can tell you're good at it.

    Happy Birthday to her. She is truly beautiful.

  5. Laura,

    Thank you for introducing me to your beautiful daughter, Belin. Your deep love for her is simply overflowing here. What a lovely piece for her birthday.


  6. A loving tribute to a beautiful daughter........heartwarming. It all goes by way too fast!

  7. oh so beautiful! happy birthday, dear girl. fly high, always. and always, always, always be yourself.

    gorgeous tribute, laura. xoxo

  8. Thanks everyone for the beautiful birthday wishes on behalf of Belin...she just blew out the candles on her cake and received gifts and is ready to relax in her new jammies with her new kindle...a perfect combo for our young lady:)

  9. Oh, Happy Birthday to your beautiful Belin.

    What an amazingly loving tribute. You honour her whole person.

  10. Happy Birthday to your beautiful sweet Belin. Laura this is absolutely beautiful in so many ways. She is so blessed to have you as her mother...what a blessing she is to you...and you to her of course...I hope her day was as special as she is! XX

  11. Lovely tribute... kids grow up so quickly these days. I am thankful that God gave me Narelle, so I can witness the little miracles again even as my two older ones step into their teens.

  12. Happy Birthday to your absolutely beautiful girl - what a lovely tribute to her and to the love between a mother and her daughter...
    I love her name...

  13. Happy birthday to your daughter! Best wishes!
    She is very beautiful girl.

  14. Very sweet, very sweet. Yes, those are the moments, we can see time passing. The sands run, as quickly as water.

  15. What a lovely post about your lovely daughter! I hope she had an amazing day!

  16. Belated happy birthday wishes to the beautiful Belin! In these pics, she looks like she possesses a gentle grace. I loved hearing part of her story here. May her journey be rich and beautiful!

  17. Your daughter is beautiful, Laura. They do seem to grow from childhood to adulthood in so few heartbeats as to cause you to lose your breath...

    I hope she had a beautiful birthday...

  18. A beautiful message for a beautiful daughter. Mine's 20 and I know exactly how you feel. Where does the time go?

  19. happy birthday, to her, and guess what! jan 4th is my eldest's birthday, too.. he turned 16.


  20. Catching up with your lovely blog... Happy Birthday to your lovely daughter! And Happy Birth Day to her lovely mother. :)

    What a wonderful letter you've written her.



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