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  A Birthday
by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Monday, September 12, 2011
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It's just a number.

A Birthday


Today I am SIXTY-TWO, a number I have no relationship with.

I loved being two, with my big brother always there,

My hero, who read to me and kept me safe, if not out of mischief.


I had expectations for being TWELVE,  like paying the adult price

For a movie ticket (fifty cents, instead of a quarter!).

Mama said I could wear a bra! Oh my!


And TWENTY-TWO, why, that was glorious, full of myself as a new mom

With a career, and our new condo, and even a dog.

What more could anyone want out of life?


At THIRTY-TWO, I fell in love with tennis. I was bronzed by the sun

And lean and strong, quick as a cat, if not a good sport. Oh, I hated

To lose a point, much less a set or a match.


FORTY-TWO, a new bride again.  That crazy red-haired guy across

The way, making me laugh at things I had had written in stone,

He changed my life in such a good way.


FIFTY-TWO, I didn’t know a heart could break so deeply,

Crushed by twin losses: my mom in April, America attacked in September,

Out of the rubble of grief, came words on paper.


So SIXTY-TWO is here, my brothers still my heroes,

Movie prices cut for the senior citizen (who me?);

I’m a grandma, with a new career in writing, two dogs to love,

And a house we hope to move to on a lake.

That crazy red-haired guy is gray, but he still makes me laugh,

He’d laugh even harder if I suggested “Just for Men” or red highlights.


And the grief? The scars are left, white ridges across my soul,

Across my heart. That will not change. But all the sorrow has turned

Into joy for the possibilities that lie ahead,

The memories behind me, the memories still to be made.


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Reviewed by Felix Perry 9/12/2011
Wow, this is such a wonderful trip down through your life and times...well done Eileen and have a great birthday....
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 9/12/2011
No reason at 62,
To feel in any way blue,
Hell, to some thats just about new,
So happy birthday, this one by you I bet flew,
And if you remember the song, then you belong,
In a ***...;-)
Reviewed by Richard King 9/12/2011
Happy Birthday Eileen, may you have many more and may that gray haired red head keep you laughing through them all. Enjoyed this little picture of your life. Enjoy that Greek lunch. Dick
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 9/12/2011
Happy Birthday, Eileen, have so much fun!
You know well how to transform your suffering through life's opportunities.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 9/12/2011
Happy 62 indeed. A nice Greek lunch seaside is just what the doctor ordered. Patrick
Reviewed by D Johnson 9/12/2011
Isn't it funny, when we're young we think we know it all...then when life happens...we find out how much more we need to learn. It appears you've learned your lessons quite well...Happy Birthday and...

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Some Rivers End on the Day of the Dead

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The Pinata-Maker's Daughter

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Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On

Sydney's Story


Stairs of Sand

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White Sheets

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  2. Australian storm
  3. Water Baby
  4. in honor of
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  6. Free Spirit
  7. For Emily
  8. I'm So Happy
  9. Love It or Leave It !
  10. Blue Morpho
  11. I Wish I Could Tell You...
  12. His Queen
  13. courage
  14. Contemplation
  15. My Scars
  16. Your Own Nuclear Power
  17. Woodsmoke and Possibility....
  18. Morning Thoughts
  19. Repairing the Damage
  20. Traveler's Lament

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