Thursday, April 28, 2011

The birthday of my life is come

I have always loved Springtime so much that I felt a tiny bit cheated because my birthday was in February.  It felt like it should be in April or May, because that's when I feel like I really come to life again each year. 

Getting married in April felt right for the same reason.  I love the way this poem describes the awakening and anticipation and re-birth that comes with finding love: "the birthday of my life is come/ My love is come to me."  Being married has been like being awakened.  Every year when our anniversary comes around, I feel like I am celebrating another year of my REAL life---the life I began with Sam ten years ago---and which I hope to continue forever.  It's been more exciting and interesting and surprising and silly and fun and hopeful and challenging and exhilarating and satisfying and delightful than I ever could have imagined it would be.
from A Birthday
by Christina Rossetti

Raise me a daïs of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me.
We didn't have a digital camera back then
I had the good sense to say yes twice
Portland
Our finest hour
In
Out

Circumstances haven't allowed us any wild and lavish celebrations this year, but having another sweet baby join our family seems like a fitting way to observe such an Occasion. I can't wait to embark on the next hundred (years, not babies)! 

Love you, my Sam.  Thank you for making every day Springtime.

4 comments:

  1. This is really so lovely. I couldn't agree more.

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  2. Wait, that sounds weird. What am I agreeing with? Mostly I agree with feeling that love is a birthday and spring is a birthday (April happens to be my actual birthday too). And I agree that you and Sam have a lot to celebrate. Congratulations you two.

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  3. You are so beautiful. And Sam is quite handsome. No wonder you make such perfect babies.

    Congrats on everything. I love you guys!

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  4. Happy Anniversary--to the both of us! What a beautiful tribute to your wonderful Sam. You guys are such a great couple.

    We aren't doing much this year either--I guess #5 does that to you! :) Tonight Seth had a night class and is now home teaching, and I'm celebrating by looking at your blog.

    (We're actually going out to dinner tomorrow, but tonight I'm enjoying a nice pity party . . . not that I'm pitying myself looking at your blog--quite the contrary. You understand.)

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