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It was eight years

ago today he cut

and baled the hay.

Eight years ago today.

It was eight years

ago today I bled

and bore our boy.

Eight years ago today.

~~

Dancing against my ribs for weeks he

finally decided it was time

to arrive in his own fine way.

~~

Holding him.

Hearing first cries.

Saying, “Welcome to the

world little one” and hearing his

silence at my voice, first heard outside

of the womb he dwelled in for months long and

darkly swimming growing bigger and stronger

Knowing his heart beat as well as my own.

~~

“Mama when will the eight year old boy arrive?” he asks.

Serious question, for this transformation time.

One year young moving to one year older.

Big thoughts, I ponder, and tell him so.

β™₯

“Buddy the eight year old boy will arrive, ” I pause.

“When you are sleeping and it is close to the

special hour when you arrived in my arms.”

He smiles, moving on to other thoughts.

♦

“Mama why do we count the years?” he asks.

“What else shall we count?” I ask back with a smile.

“Laughs, Legos, maybe fun things that matter more,

Can’t we count those and still have birthdays?”

~~

The math is there, maybe in lines or words, or maybe the word…did you catch my theme for Tony’s Form For All challenge? Β Tomorrow my son, the one the medical experts said I would never have but God laughed and said, “You’ll have him!”, turns eight. Hope you’ll indulge me as I wander down a Mama’s memory lane!

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50 Comments

  1. brian miller said,

    August 15, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    smiles….we def count legos too…smiles…fun things that matter….i def think we should count those…and what a blessing too eh…the baby they said you would never have…happy birthday to him…mine is one week from today so we are close…

    • shanyns said,

      August 16, 2013 at 3:05 am

      I think they are right! Legos and fun are the currency of life! πŸ™‚ Yeah he was my best surprise ever! I’ll be sure to let him read all the birthday greetings, he’ll be thrilled! Happy Birthday early!

  2. Dick Jones said,

    August 15, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Very truthful and a little poignant too.

  3. Marya said,

    August 15, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Mazal tov, and happy birthday to your big boy! Lovely poem too.

  4. Tony Maude said,

    August 15, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    What a wonderful poem – and Happy BIrthday to your son.

    • shanyns said,

      August 16, 2013 at 3:07 am

      Thanks Tony! I’ll be showing him all the greetings, he’ll be pretty pumped!

  5. Grace said,

    August 15, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Happy special day to your son Shayns ~ What a wonderful gift & blessing πŸ™‚

  6. wordcoaster said,

    August 15, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Eight rounds of applause–love it πŸ™‚

    • shanyns said,

      August 16, 2013 at 3:08 am

      Eight grateful curtsies! Thank you! So glad you enjoyed it.

  7. howanxious said,

    August 15, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    ah.. that is so beautiful.. kids say it best.. such pure sense of life.
    wonderful! πŸ™‚

    • shanyns said,

      August 16, 2013 at 3:09 am

      Thank you so much! They have a wisdom, don’t they?

  8. Laurie Kolp said,

    August 15, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Count me in on the Happy Birthday to your miracle son wishes.

    • shanyns said,

      August 16, 2013 at 3:15 am

      Thank you so much! I will show him all your greetings, he’ll be so excited.

  9. Mary said,

    August 15, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    I can feel the love in this poem. Happy birthday to your wonderful son!

  10. kaykuala said,

    August 15, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    How fun it is to see them grow. More so when the odds were against him to provide the joys you so desired. Some may relate to this with lots of emotions, especially after years of trying! Happy birthday to your boy. Thanks for sharing MM.

    Hank

    • shanyns said,

      August 16, 2013 at 3:17 am

      It is fun to see them grow Hank! He asked me if I missed him as a baby, and I had to say no. I love more and more as he grows up. Thanks for the wishes!

  11. Maggie Grace said,

    August 16, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Love your beautiful sweet poetry and my heart especially touched he was your miracle baby. Such amazing phrases for the womb experience. Thank you so much for your visits to my blog. I didn’t realize this was you until now. I promise to try to remember the association.

    • shanyns said,

      August 16, 2013 at 3:19 am

      πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by (glad you made the connection!) and I’m so pleased you enjoyed the poetry.

  12. August 16, 2013 at 12:23 am

    It’s amazing how kids grow, and how when they will start to ask you questions… great write.

    • shanyns said,

      August 16, 2013 at 3:20 am

      Thanks Bjorn! He is a seeker and question asker, and I love how his mind works. Such a challenge sometimes! Glad you enjoyed the poems.

  13. August 16, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Happy birthday to your son!!!!! Enjoyed the poem.

    • shanyns said,

      August 16, 2013 at 3:21 am

      Thanks Susan! Glad you enjoyed it. Will pass along your happy birthday to him.

  14. hisfirefly said,

    August 16, 2013 at 1:53 am

    eight – what a wonderful number for you

    • shanyns said,

      August 16, 2013 at 3:25 am

      It is! Thanks so much for coming over! πŸ™‚

  15. August 16, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Happy birthday to your boy, how beautifully written. How game of you to try the maths challenge, I think I am pleased you went down ‘mama’s memory lane’. πŸ™‚

    • shanyns said,

      August 16, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      Thank you! I didn’t take the form shape but I did play with the numbers. Glad you enjoyed the poems from memory lane!

  16. claudia said,

    August 16, 2013 at 9:10 am

    smiles…happy birthday to him… i like the questions he asks… and it’s good to count both…the years and all the other things that are important…

    • shanyns said,

      August 16, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      It is, isn’t it? πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed the poems Claudia.

  17. Rowan Taw said,

    August 16, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Have a wonderful family celebration (I believe 8 is a lucky number for Chinese)!

    • shanyns said,

      August 16, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      Thank you Rowan. And I didn’t know that about the number 8. Cool!

  18. August 16, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Wonderful poem and happy birthday to your son, hope you all have a fabulous day! πŸ™‚

    • shanyns said,

      August 16, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      Thank you! We are having a very wonderful day.

  19. MarinaSofia said,

    August 16, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Bless him and you! Enjoy the lovely age of exploring and asking, trying and laughing, crying and hugging…. still, just about. My younger boy has just turned eight as well and I want to make the most of every minute. In your case, even more precious.

    • shanyns said,

      August 16, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      Happy Birthday to your boy as well! And thanks for coming by. It is a great time to really enjoy them, isn’t it?

  20. Gay said,

    August 16, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Lovely poem – a birthday tribute – well crafted beyond the count into a concrete poem – a form in the shape of love. Happy birthday to your boy.

    • shanyns said,

      August 16, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      Thank you, and yes you are right it is in the form of love. πŸ™‚ Nicely stated.

  21. hypercryptical said,

    August 16, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Lovely words of the joy your son gives you. Wish him a Happy Eighth from me please.
    Anna :o]

  22. August 16, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    So happy feelings around your poem…kids – miracle! Happy 8th birthday to your boy! and thank you for visiting my blog! many blessings πŸ™‚

  23. grapeling said,

    August 17, 2013 at 4:59 am

    Gentle and sweetly rendered – happy birth day to both of you ~ M

  24. tigerbrite said,

    August 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Wonderful poem… and the shapes too:)
    Children say such wise things don’t they?

    • shanyns said,

      August 19, 2013 at 1:20 am

      They certainly do say wise things! We should try to listen, shouldn’t we? Especially poets! πŸ™‚ Thanks for coming over.

  25. August 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I love this in so many ways! The format, the structure, but most of the words that you share. How amazing and what a gift. Thank you for sharing your story so poetically. Beautiful!

    My twins are eight years old (they will be nine in November though) and I have a seven year old who would love to count some Lego’s ALL day. πŸ™‚

    • shanyns said,

      August 19, 2013 at 1:12 am

      So glad you enjoyed the poems. What great ages for the kids but three so close together you must be VERY busy. πŸ™‚ Thanks for coming by.


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