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January 07, 2005

Happy Birthday, Sister!

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Daughter to Mother to Daughter

I am a child,
and as I try to find myself,
I see your face.
Even when I am alone, I feel
the tug of your fingers as they
wash and groom, direct and sooth.

I am growing,
and as God shapes me,
I see your creases in my smile,
and discover your worry-lines 'round my eyes.
I bear the marks of our battles,
and covet the trophies of your praises.

I am a woman,
and as I wince with pain
at learning your trade,
I cradle the child God has given me.
I detect your shadow in her first steps,
and catch your melodies in her songs.

I am a mother,
and as I brush away tears of frustration,
or pin back wisps of golden hair,
I practice your cadenced speech
and try to model your many strengths,
redeem your seldom failures.

I am wiser,
and as my eyes grow weaker,
my vision remains clear:
my hands work feverishly to finish the task
you passed on to me.
You shaped me, and now I shape.
You mirrored, and now I mirror.
You nurtured, and now I try.

For I am a child, a woman,
a daughter, a mother.
And as I hold my granddaughter’s face in my hands,
I see the marks of our instructions.
Together we bear and bury,
give and take,
laugh and cry.

We are mothers. We are daughters. We are sisters.
Intertwined in the quest to raise a generation,
connect the past, prepare for the future.
By God's help, we steward for a season,
and then we wait,
and watch,
and listen...
To one day hear her say,
...I am HIS child

© 2004 Little House Blog

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Comments

This is gorgeous and so true. I love the interconnection of lives pictured here, and the contrasts and ironies: "I am wiser,
and as my eyes grow weaker,
my vision remains clear..."

and this part: "You shaped me, and now I shape.
You mirrored, and now I mirror.
You nurtured, and now I try."

Beautifully said, "Little House Blog." Thanks TG!

Posted by: violet at January 7, 2005 06:24 PM

Imagine my excitement upon finding this whole new world of homeschooling blogs! Nice to meet you, Tulip Girl!

Posted by: bonnie at January 7, 2005 09:36 PM

What a beautiful poem. How true. I love the "as in a mirror darkly" imagery.
~Anne

Posted by: Anne at January 7, 2005 10:49 PM

Said so beautifully!

Posted by: Jess at January 11, 2005 09:53 PM

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