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a birthday poem for ben: based on a true story

October 8, 2010



It has been raining here for a week. And not just a drizzle. Dark, low clouds. Downpour. Downpour. Downpour. Yesterday, Ben (who turned 11 today) said he wanted the sun to come out for his birthday. And it did. There isn’t a cloud in the sky. The sun is big and bright.

This morning at breakfast, I tried to convince him I had arranged it, that I was the reason the sun came out today for him. (He knew I was full of it, of course, and when he refused to believe me, I pulled the mommy card and told him he better say, “Thank you, Mommy, for giving birth to me so I could see the sun.”)

The first part of that conversation inspired this poem, which started as something else entirely. Today, the muse gave me this instead, demanded that I be sweet. Don’t tell anyone that I succumbed.

I don’t usually share with them my poems. But I think I’ll give him this one.

  1. October 8, 2010 10:04 am

    Such a ‘simple’ gift compared to all the electronic wizardry he might have requested. Or was that on the list too?!

  2. eskenosen permalink
    October 8, 2010 10:34 am

    I love it. Reminds me of my grandfather who would blow at traffic lights to “make them change.”

  3. October 8, 2010 10:35 am

    I love the whimsy of this: Mothers can do anything they set their minds to. Happy birthday to your son.

  4. October 8, 2010 10:35 am

    I love it!

  5. October 8, 2010 10:46 am

    Oh Carolee I love this!

  6. October 8, 2010 11:35 am

    This is such a beautiful poem, and the best birthday gift (IMO, maybe not in Ben’s) – the best every-day gift. I love it!

  7. October 8, 2010 4:02 pm

    How terrific it is to give your son such a remarkably lovely gift – he’ll appreciate it for years! I love this poem!!

  8. October 8, 2010 9:06 pm

    Happy birthday, Ben!

  9. October 9, 2010 1:30 pm

    just the kind of dazzling birthday present I would want — you will find it in his sock drawere when he goes away to college.

  10. October 10, 2010 11:53 am

    🙂 Wonderful.

  11. October 11, 2010 8:49 am

    Lovely gift and poem!

    (It’s not my birthday, but may I have the sun, please?)

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