Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Close to My Heart (Dar Williams)

I'm still recovering from Falcon Ridge, so am uncharacteristically out of words - however, I couldn't let another day go by without sending skyward Happy Birthday wishes to Eric, my "baby", who turned 19 on July 28 (we're celebrating ours together this Sunday).

My pregnancy with him was... unexpected... and he truly is a chosen child - he's been such a blessing, responsible for my gray hair, but all my laugh lines too. He's stubborn, witty, disorganized, kind-hearted, a know-it-all, generous - I must admit, when I get the most frustrated with him, I realize I'm exactly the same way... :-)

I've said that Dar has written songs for all three of my children, released close to the time each of them went away to college - the following is E's... <3

POEM: Learning the Bicycle by Wyatt Prunty

The older children pedal past
Stable as little gyros, spinning hard
To supper, bath, and bed, until at last
We also quit, silent and tired
Beside the darkening yard where trees
Now shadow up instead of down.
Their predictable lengths can only tease
Him as, head lowered, he walks his bike alone
Somewhere between his wanting to ride
And his certainty he will always fall.
Tomorrow, though I will run behind,
Arms out to catch him. He'll tilt then balance wide
Of my reach, till distance makes him small,
Smaller, beyond the place I stop and know
That to teach him I had to follow
And when he learned I had to let him go.

QUOTE: "Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body." ~ Elizabeth Stone


  1. Happy Belated Birthday, Eric!


  2. Hey, M ~

    I'll pass on your birthday wishes - since he's a Leo too (birth day vs. birth month... :-), there's no such thing as belated!

    Can't believe what a tall, handsome young man he's grown into - he's a really good guy as well, and I'm so proud of him... <3