Sunday, November 20, 2011

My Husband Has A Birthday

       Today is my husband's birthday.  We've been married a very long time, and celebrated many special days.  Each year brings new celebrations-birthdays of children and grandchildren, new grandchildren, and the times that we just arise in the morning, give each other a kiss and give thanks for the day to come.  Here is a poem I wrote a few years ago for my love, and some words randomly brainstormed that remind me of our time together:

      Riding on a mini motorcycle for a few weeks (he helped me get over the fear of it), playing games with dear friends (always served drinks and snacks to all of us), putting up a high swing in a tree (I worried that he would fall, but he did it), climbing mountains together (putting up with my griping about the climb), hiking in Costa Rica (with my students, too-was a special chaperone to certain students who needed extra support), our first baby arriving (taking the 5 am feeding), just the two of us staying at our cabin and listening to coyotes howling (extra hugs and assurances), and on and on...  Our song, Side By Side, says it better than I can.

  My Love Song

Come stay with me
and hug a while;
your arms will only
make me smile.

My days are joyous
with yet one fear—
an empty life
without you near.

Enough of sadness
I’ll live life true;
savoring minutes
spent with you.


  1. That is so sweet, happy birthday to Mr. teacher Dance! I hope it's a wonderful day for you both. Life is better when you get to share it with your best friend. Happy Celebrating!

  2. Happy Birthday to your hubby! He is just as lucky to have you as you are to have him. It sounds like you have shared some precious times. After hearing today that Jeff Wilhelm's wife is ill (possibly terminally), I am all the more aware of just how precious time is with our loved ones. Enjoy every gorgeous moment together!

  3. Thanks Christy for the words. I do enjoy all the moments and agree it is important to do so. That's terrible news about Wilhelm, or for anyone of course. Time is so precious. I hope you had a lovely time in Chicago, & glad there were no blizzards, etc.

  4. Two special people sharing their ride through this world, Side By Side! Their love and marriage acted as an inspiration to me, and, along with my parents, influenced me to find a life-partner to share the ride of a lifetime. What a wonderful poem! Happy Birthday, brother!!


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