Friday, December 05, 2008

Blown away

The birthday card from my parents this year blew me away.

If you've been reading the blog for a while, you know that my relationship with my mom can be very tenuous at times. Not exactly warm and nurturing, you know?

So inside my package (which has two hand-embroidered pillowcases), there is a small white envelope. The card has the Shaker Tree of Life on it, and on the inside my mother wrote:

Dear Liz,

Seeing the Shaker Tree of Life, I was reminded of how delighted we were with the news that we had a girl! It was December 5, 1969. A family inspection revealed that you had black curly hair, piercing eyes, ten fingers and ten toes. Our prayers had been for a healthy, intelligent child. We were blessed.

Mother and Dad

Maybe 39 won't be so bad after all.


g-man said...

Happy birthday!!!! That was a sweet sentiment. (maybe she realizes that you will be picking her "home"?

Have a wonderful day.

Love ya! Mean it.

joansy said...

Happy, happy birthday!

TxGambit said...

Happy, happy birthday!!!!

That is such a sweet card.

Esmerelda said...


Yes, Facebook reminded me, but I just blew it off....I'll do it 'later' and later never happened.

I'm so glad she's able to express that sentiment! There is HOPE!

Tree said...

I got the chills! What a lovely card and perfect sentiment.

Gretchen said...

Happy Birthday!

What a wonderful card.

Aimee Greeblemonkey said...

that is so wonderful. hope you had a great day.