Friday, July 11, 2014

Happy 18th Birthday to My Favorite Bird

Friday, July 11, 2014
 To my darling daughter on the occasion of her 18th birthday.

You are a miracle to me, little bird. 
You were wise from your first day...

 So alive and deeply aware, for one so young, of the things that make this life wonderful.
Like grandpas who say funny things and then smirk.

 And the perfect arc of a tire swing on a summer evening.

Or the smooth feel of a baby rhino's horn.

You have proven, since your youngest days, that you can be from the country and still have swag.

You are willing to indulge your little brother, who is your shadow, in his Halloween schemes, his wacky dreams, and encourage him to follow in your footsteps.

 Your running footsteps and all the others, too.

Not everyone can go from goofy...

To glamorous as effortlessly as you, Phoebe...

Even the animals of the forest (and kitchen) sense your special nature...

I'd like to take credit for your love of baseball, but that, too, you came to all on your own.
 I am just your happy baseball buddy.

 Your mama has made you into quite the Science Chimp and Nature Girl.


And it's a good thing, because you seem to have met another of your kind....

I was there when you were born.
I have been blessed to see you growing.

 I have seen you pass milestones, one after another.

And now you launch into a new world.
My sweet little bird, it's time for you to fly away.
 But please, oh please, return
for we cannot imagine our world
without you,
darling, beautiful Phoebe.
 Happy 18th birthday to Phoebe Linnea Thompson!


On July 11, 2014 at 7:04 PM cyberthrush said...

"Sail on silvergirl,
Sail on by.
Your time has come to shine.
All your dreams are on their way.
See how they shine...."

-- Simon & Garfunkel

Happy B-day to Phoebe, and many shining years ahead!

On July 11, 2014 at 7:28 PM Julie Zickefoose said...

If for nothing else than giving us a chance to express our love, here's to birthdays! Beauty post, Will. Cyberthrush, I'm singing like Art. Thanks.

xoxo jz

On July 11, 2014 at 7:33 PM Amy G. said...

Beautiful. Your post and your daughter. Well done. You brought this planet a special soul.

On July 11, 2014 at 8:27 PM Anne said...

Beautiful thoughts, wonderful photos. Oh my gosh, that one of little Phoebe standing in the doorway....was that a first day of school shot? She's grown into such a beautiful, thoughtful, talented young woman. Happy Birthday, lovely girl!

On July 11, 2014 at 10:23 PM Tanya said...

The best.....,,

On July 12, 2014 at 8:25 AM Anonymous said...

Lovely, lovely, loving. What rich lives, gracefully shared. Happy birthday, Phoebe. xom.

On July 12, 2014 at 9:45 AM Kim R said...

What a beautiful story about a beautiful young lady!