Tuesday, June 30, 2009

And The Beat Goes On

I am becoming more and more convinced, that children are the most resilient beings on earth.  In some ways, they are still so close to being able to remember what came before being born into this uncertain world and yet, not close enough to adulthood to know that sometimes life can really take you down.  And even when the realities of adulthood seep into the mostly smoother edges of childhood, children somehow learn to keep on dancing.  The rhythm of their lives may change, but their perfect, little feet keep on pitter-patting away, teaching those of us who are well-past those years to keep on listening for the beat.  A beat that sounds an awful lot like that of the heart.  The beat of love.
And friendship and solidarity...but, mostly love.
This past weekend, we had the opportunity to do a lot of celebrating.  We celebrated being able to watch my youngest Angel Niece shake her booty in her dance recital.  Yes, she is the second one from the left with the shimmy in her hips!
She bounced.  She wiggled.  She levitated.
And she listened to the beat of her own drum.
The next day, we went to watch my oldest Angel Niece in her dance recital.  It was pure joy to watch her as she took center stage and then hip-hopped her way across my heart.
I cannot even begin to describe the utter joy, sadness(that my Angel Niece's daddy could only watch from above), and pure love that I felt while sitting with Mark and our own Angel Daughters as we cheered on these beautiful little girls.
 After the recitals, we got to present these little Angels with flowers.  We got to put our arms around them and hug them like there is no tomorrow.  And we got to experience the essence of my brother through these incredible little girls that he so sadly, had to leave behind.
Angel Daughter Number One, now a woman, yet not so grown up that she forgets what it is like to be a child, swung Angel Niece up into the air.  For a moment, I was reminded of how my brother used to do this to my own children when he saw them and I smiled.  Because somehow, no matter what, the rhythm of the lives of those we have lost still beat loudly in the hearts of those that they have loved and who have loved them.
On Sunday, my oldest Angel blew out the candles on her cake for the twenty-second time.  There is no denying that she is a woman now, but to me, she will always be that curly-haired little girl who danced, sang and performed her way into the hearts of everyone she met.  There is something so incredibly special about her.  So lovely and self-assured.  If I could describe the essence of how she comes across, Audrey Hepburn would be the closest that I could come.
Happy Birthday, my dear daughter.

As my own birthday quickly approaches, I feel a sense of introspection and self-examination that always comes with this time of year.  I am listening very hard, for the music of my own heart.  I would really like to remember what it sounds like.


Anonymous said...

You take some of the best pictures! (Even when you're "not allowed" to) ;)


WV LeAnn said...

Deb, what beautiful pictures and LOVE the first one of your daughters! You are so blessed with all the love that surrounds you with your husband, daughters, nieces, pets, and family.

Ness said...

What an answer to my prayers that you would be allowed to be a part of your Angel Nieces' lives. Your brother had to be glowing with happiness that his sister and her family could be there with his daughters.

Listen hard, Deb...the music is there. I finally found mine after making some tough choices but it was a matter of survival for me. Hug your angel daughters for me as I can't do that with mine right now. To everything there is a season and this is their season to grow up and mine to live.

Happy birthday, dear Deb...whatever would I do without your words and pictures?

Love you~mean it!

Sunshine said...

Wow, amazing thuoght you wrote & with the pictures you decribed it very well deb.. Happy Belated Birthday.. May God brings you all the happiness and prosperity in life
God Bless You

Sunshine said...

Wow, amazing thuoght you wrote & with the pictures you decribed it very well deb.. Happy Belated Birthday.. May God brings you all the happiness and prosperity in life
God Bless You

Peggy Payne said...

You have a dancing family, Debbie.

Debra W said...

Thanks, Peggy. We each seem to hear the music of life!


Debbie said...

I get so much pleasure from seeing your family photos! I think I'm going to copy that first one with my four. Hope you don't mind.

soulmoxie said...

Loves it! your daughter is beautiful!

Something Happened Somewhere Turning said...

I just read over some of your post and I just love the way you share your stories and your photographs. You have such a lovely family.

Angel... said...

Hey Debbie, what a wonderful pictures.. I loved almost all of them. YOu have a wonderful daughters.. A very happy Belated Birthday to your daughter.. She is very lucky to have you as a Mother.

Well, when is your Birthday??

On your birthday I wish you much pleasure and job, I hope all of your wishes comes true. May each hour and minute be filled with delight and your birthday will be perfect for you.

much love,

Debra W said...


You are always so sweet. Thank you for the birthday wishes.

My birthday is one Thurs., July 9. The time sure does fly by!


Poetikat said...

What a wonderful family time for you all - witnessing your nieces' recitals.
Happy 22nd Birthday to your daughter. I just had MY birthday on the 24th.
Happy (early) Birthday to you too!

I love to visit your joyful, inspirational blog.


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