I was there for her first cry. First word. First step. First fall. First day of school. First heartbreak.
So many firsts to have had the privilege to celebrate with this amazing woman, my eldest daughter Alexis, who turns 35 today.
I remember hearing her first cry as they cut into my womb to lift her out. I remember feeling an emotion wash over me for which there were no words to describe. Love. Joy. Peace. Grace. It was all there and I was swimming in it and have been swimming in it ever since she came into this world, not kicking and screaming but with a delicate, soft cry that said, “I’m here. Now, give me time to adjust to this new environment please so that I can feel every sensation, sense every emotion and experience every molecule.”
Alexis was born with words written in her heart. Words that need and must flow. Words brimming with beauty that pour out and into the world awakening, touching, moving hearts and minds and souls to see and feel and know how beautiful, ethereal, mystical and real this life is.
She is a word warrioress. A poetry priestress and a heart diviner.
She’s also an exceptionally heartfelt, loving and kind woman. A mother now of my two favourite littles in the whole wide world, Alexis teaches me everyday about living from the heart, being fearless in vulnerability and finding light in the darkness.
Happy Birthday my beautiful, fierce, loving, creative daughter. You are the sun and the moon and the stars that make my world shine bright and fierce with love.
For Alexis On the day you were born I heard you cry inside my womb and felt my body melt beyond words beyond feeling beyond emotion as I became consumed by wild fierce love that poured like a waterfall cascading into the deepest crevices of my soul filling my body with its sweet melody of love as I fell forever in Love with you. On the day you were born the sun shone bright and the trees whispered stories of your arrival and the river flowed steady as a heartbeat and the wind blew soft as a feather falling and my heart beat fierce with the wonder of the miracle of holding you cradled in my arms forever in my heart . On the day you were born I felt my heart burst into a dizzying, daring beat that has never stopped beating its song of gratitude for the gift of you and your fierce heart that sews words into pearls of beauty Your wild nature that spins magic out of moonbeams Your poetic soul that sings songs into rainbows of magic Your beautiful heart that loves like there’s nothing else to give for in your heart, there is only Love to have, to hold, to give, to share forever and always. On the day you were born I awoke to the beauty of life within the wonder of you forever and always.