Monday, November 3, 2008

In An Instant

Only an instant ago, in the general scheme of the universe, there was a baby. Only one hundred years ago, the baby and I would not have lived to see another day. Thankfully, we live in times where a mother whose body doesn't want to give birth can give birth all the same. And thus my family was created.

In just that instant of time that has passed, that baby is 12. Today. Happy birthday, Eldest. You have made my life indescribably better in that instant of time. And not only is my life better for that instant of time that has passed, but for infinity. (And beyond.)
Eldest, In an Instant
Today, there is a mixture of joy and sadness in our lives. Joy for a boy turning into a man in an instant. And sadness for our Uncle Ken, who died yesterday. It is Uncle Ken's tractor in Wales that Eldest was driving. Uncle Ken, a man I describe as being the father Pete never had, adored Eldest and his siblings. He took a special shine to Eldest, who is the spitting-image of Pete, not only in looks but inside as well. One of my wishes for Eldest is that he becomes the man that Uncle Ken was. That's a mighty fine birthday wish.
Uncle Ken


D... said...

Happy Happy Birthday to Eldest! I hope in the midst of grieving, it's a fantastic day!

Mayberry said...

I'm so sorry for your loss (what wonderful pictures though, symbolizing that special connection with your eldest).

Tricia said...

This sounds like an inspired birthday wish. I'm not sure how to say Happy Birthday to your son while also saying how sorry I am that you've lost someone so special. Your heart must be filled with sweetness and sadness right now, and I wish you safe travels and generous amounts of family hugs!

Not Afraid to Use It said...

I am so sorry about your Uncle Ken. I hope your trip is going as well as can be expected and that your anxiety is manageable.

And give a happy bday wish from me to Eldest, too. I am sure he has mixed feelings about all of this. Hugs to you all.


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