Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Birthday girl

The beauties: niece Lauren, birthday girl Erin, niece Taylor

I met her a few times before she came into my life.
She was quiet and beautiful and mysterious.
She was the answer to my prayers.
I'd been a "lone" for 10 years.
My mother brought her home while I was in school.
I could think of nothing else.
I pedaled my no-speed bike home as fast as my skinny legs allowed that day.
My mother was tenderly feeding her fruit cocktail as she sat in the thrift-store high chair.
Her eyes like saucers as I burst through the door.
Her eyes have always been like saucers.
That night she sang herself to sleep in her crib.
Her crib, so close by my single bed.
I didn't sleep much.
I watched through the darkness.
I listened through the darkness.
I loved through the darkness.
My sister.
Erin.

9 comments:

Jennifer Griffin-Wiesner said...

Oh, Kathleen, how beautiful.

Suldog said...

Happy Birthday to Erin!!!

ellen abbott said...

Sweet.

becky said...

Lovely words, lovely ladies! Happy birthday to Erin!
:)

Hilary said...

Lovely. Happy Birthday, Erin. :)

Derrick said...

Beautiful declaration, Kathleen!

Mimi said...

Beautiful words of love for your sister. Happy Birthday Erin!

Janie said...

What a lovely tribute to your sister. I hope she had a wonderful birthday!

♥ Braja said...

Beautiful...

Sorry about Thelonious....xo

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