one of my favorite pictures of her with Annika and Trevor.
Today is the birthday of my beautiful niece Cindy. Cindy is my sister’s middle child. Cindy is kindness incarnate. I started to say that she’s sweet – and she is – but not in a vapid or saccharine way. She’s witty and smart and creative and inherited her own mother’s gift for parenting. She has two brilliant and incredible children: Annika and Trevor. They are awesome… like their mother.
Cindy has been generous to me. When I first got sick, she offered me refuge in her home in
Cindy has been through some hard times in her life, starting with losing her mother 18 days before her 16th birthday and on to other difficulties in more recent days. She has a remarkable strength and a determination to find and expand on life’s positives. She is a keeper of records and photos, the one among my sister’s children most interested in holding our memories. She artisitic and funny and loving. She is a remarkable friend who has drawn an incredible number of truly wonderful people into her life.
For some reason – I think I was sick or in some one of my life dramas at the time – I didn’t write Cindy’s birth poem until her first birthday. I can be kind of compulsive about things sometimes and I think that probably because I didn’t have it written within days of her birth, I went into “I failed” mode and it took me a year to work through it and come through with her much deserved, if inadequate poem.
TO CYNTHIA ON HER FIRST BIRTHDAY
Cynthia Ellen, fair lady of one
How fast the time's gone since your life was begun
You're singing and talking with so much to say
Your smiles and your gentleness brighten a day
Your walking's unsteady -- but still, it's a start
And you truly have captured this old auntly heart
I wish now, as always, that your life will hold
Limitless happiness to make you quite bold
In living and loving and dreaming new dreams
Of the joys and the beauty with which the world teems
I wish I had power (instead of bad rhyme)
To give to you magic; but magic's not mine
It lies in your smile, in the love you can give
In seeking and dreaming as long as you live
I hope that time treats you with gentle concern
That you prosper and grow and continue to learn
That your life is quite full of good people and true
And that you remain always wonderful you.
- I Love You, Aunt Kathie
Cynthia, beloved niece, I admire your wisdom and your generosity of spirit, your imaginative and inspired parenting and your goodness. On this your (number of your choosing) birthday, I wish you love and peaceful contentment. I wish you inspiration and appreciation. I wish you abundance and the house, the work and creative expression, in sum, - the life of your dreams. May your sorrows from now on be only memories and your joys continue to multiply.
I Love You. Happy Birthday!