Thursday, August 21, 2014

Special Birthday - Wow-Thirteen!

           Thirteen years is a lot of years of knowing someone, and learning to love them at each step of growing up. It's my grandson Carter's thirteenth birthday today!
        I’ve written quite a few poems about him through the years, what I call “goodbye” poems because each one is a goodbye to who he was before, no longer a toddler, no longer filling the room with toys, no longer a lap sitter. Yet there are important parts that have remained.  He is someone who’s a joy to be with, excited to try new things, helpful, and kind. If you could see him with his two young cousins, you know that he’s a young boy who will grow into a wonderful young man.  Here are thirteen ways of looking at Carter and one more poem.

   
For Carter’s Thirteenth Birthday


     Oops, it’s time. I must depart
     from this boy who stole my heart.
     Now, he’s looking very tall,
     never plays with toys at all.
     I remember he used to be
     the one that sat and read with me,
      and held my hand as we walked along
     and listened while I sang him songs.
      I also know although he’s grown,
      he’s still the little boy I've known.
                   Linda Baie © All Rights Reserved














 Happy Birthday, Carter!

photo credit: phozographer via photopin cc

12 comments:

  1. A beautiful tribute to what sounds like a very special young man. As the mother of a 14 year old, I could totally relate to your poem, Linda. I miss the little boy, but love and respect the man he's becoming.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. I'm sure you do connect to what I wrote. It's also why I adored teaching this age!

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  2. That's really sweet, Linda. The time with young people goes by so fast!

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    1. Yes, it really does... Thanks, Jane!

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  3. Happy birthday to Carter! What a lucky young man to have such a supportive grandma as you, Linda! Your poem is beautiful and I love the collage of pictures, especially the one where Carter is holding the cat! That cat is almost as big as he is! = )

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    1. Thanks, Bridget. It's a favorite picture!

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  4. Such a lovely tribute. He looks like a sweetheart. Happy Birthday to your big little boy!

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    1. Love your words, Iza- "big, little boy". Thank you!

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  5. How many 13 year old boys have a grandmother write a poem about them and post for all the world to see. Love is all around.

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    1. Thanks, Margaret. I know at least one!

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  6. That was such a special poem, Linda - for a very special boy. Special photographs, too - I love the one with his little cousin (Ingrid, perhaps?), such sweet smiles!

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    1. The one with all the books is with Ingrid, and the one smiling at each other is Imogene. They both adore Carter! Thanks, Tara!

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