Sunday, July 25, 2010

Oh Baby Baby

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I remember taking this photo of you as if it were yesterday.  Sweet Fifteen in your strapless black Easter dress just before Mass, cuz that’s how you rolled . . . a touch untamable, my Thoroughbred who ran her own race.  My eyes sting and my throat tightens to the point of not being able to swallow remembering how much I loved you then, and yet, I love who you are now even more than I thought possible. 

Cleaning out your empty room has begun a great period of melancholy,  remembering your twenty-two years spent in this house . . . oh the sweet baby wrapped in pink that I brought home.  Suddenly you’re two, then three, my Dilly Dolly, and now you are a woman with a home of your own. 

I remember thinking when you were just a few months old, “How did I ever live without a Baby Girl.”  I know that I lived every minute trying to hold on to it, for I knew one day I would wake and you’d be grown.  I just didn’t realize that once we arrived here, looking back from this side of yesterday, that it would seemed to have passed in the blink of an eye, during the spin in the dance, my Beautiful Baby Girl.

“God never loved me in so sweet a way before,

Till He brought Thee to me and said

Behold Thy Daughter.”

I am ever so proud of you and honored to be your mother.

Oh Baby Baby.

 

 

15 comments:

Silke said...

Oh, Deborah, sweet poet! What a way you have with words. And how lucky you and your daughter are to have each other... Much love, Silke

Manon Doyle said...

Awe... your post made me cry because I understand this so very well. Very touching.
xo

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Beautiful Deb! Both the tribute and the photo....loving a child enough to let them go start their life.
You are a strong sister-oak!
(and a good mom too! I love her dress!)

XXOO!!!
Anne

audrey said...

Deb, she is as beautiful as you are. And it is wonderful to hear of your love for her. Our children need our love no matter how many years pass.
♥ audrey

MJ Ornaments said...

Oh Deb this one got to me. I feel like you too, and look at my daughter and can't believe how fast the time has gone. What a beauty your daughter is! Take care, Martha

Ces said...

She is as lovely as you are. She is truly beautiful. I still love that photograph of her when she woke up after the first Alice party! She is drop dead gorgeous like her mom! I love you both. TSUP!

Carousel Dreams said...

Oh Deborah, so so beautiful, this made me cry...I have 2 daughters, 14 and 17, and looking back at photos - where does the time go? Your daughter is very beautiful x

yoborobo said...

Oh, Deb. I know this. I know that tug at your heart, and the tears, and the pride. You done good, girlfriend. She is a lovely young woman. xox! Pam

Linda in New Mexico said...

Beautiful tribute to your Bad Alice/Sweet Baby. How does the time move so fast? It's a question to ponder but while you do, they fly.

rebecca said...

i see you...
in her.

lovely.

She Writes said...

She is beautiful as her mother. I have a feeling the beauty runs as deep inside as it is out!

ChrisC said...

Awwwww,,,seriously,what a sweet tribute from a mother to her child.Love it!
I wish I could write like you.....*slinks off embarrassed*

Jan said...

Lovely tribute to a lovely young woman. You are very fortunate in your children.

deb said...

what to say,
how beautiful in every way.
you express what I can't ...



and you are welcome to compliment or chirp me in the com box anytime. those arms of mine look a little better flexed btw. :)
although this year , now that I'm not doing my garden maintenance business, there is some jiggly stuff :(

Diana Evans said...

oh you gave me goosebumps!!! you are amazing !!! this is so touching ...bless your heart!!!

Hugs
Diana