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Ode to my son on his 28th birthday

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Ode to my son on his 28th birthday

When I looked up at you the other night
I saw you coming through the door
Framing it with your amazing smile
steadfast, self assured, a happy man
A happy Dutch life with Irish sea-kissed roots
Not just a European but a world class man
As you stood before me, I felt such pride.


When I think of you, I see my little boy blue
Forever young, blond mop, those winsome sky eyes
my spry child, intelligent, forever questioning
hyperactive,  mischievous, a little dare devil
your smile, a mile wide in times of trouble
I see you holding your teddies Ruby and Rupert
Tractors, diggers, broken engines brrrrrrrmm.


Your love of engines, paid off after all
as you shifted gear to driving instruction
For a guy who showed no interest in being a scholar
Now you are the teacher, with a flurry of pupils
I think it works better, this way around.
Your greatest gift is your love for people
Your greatest asset, your winning smile


Keep on living and loving as you do
You view life through a positive lens
Becoming a mother hit me with a new perspective
An appreciation of life, when I gave you yours
Together we grew, and continue to grow
In love and respect, now and forever.

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  1. Date: 1/23/2011 5:14:00 AM
    I guess all parents feel the same kinds of emotions when they see grown up children....my son is also about 28 and I feel the same exactly.....I can never forget his brrrrrrmmm.......it stays in memory forever, a sort of immortality, and of course his memories of me are also "immortal" I feel this is possibly how spirits go on into eternity, living in others' minds....Syd

  1. Date: 1/13/2011 4:15:00 AM
    im sorry but this is the only way i know to get in touch i just want to thank you for your comment on my poem 30 years can i just say tho this is not me its about a guy i met a few years ago he told me his story so i put it to paper can i just say ive read some of your prose and they are wonderful once again thanks perhaps i need to start putting a disclaimer at the foot of my poems

  1. Date: 1/13/2011 3:42:00 AM
    WOW! What a tremendous piece! Stunning!

  1. Date: 1/12/2011 4:42:00 PM
    Eiken, Has he seen this? When he does I'm sure it'll mean a lot to him to know that you're very proud of him... Sometimes we don't tell them often enough, how proud they make us. Blessings to you all! Love, your frend, Annalise