Thursday, January 24, 2008

Strength

I pushed into the cold
two months early,
instead of staying tucked safe inside
'til St. Patrick's Day.
Immediately detached
from my warm jelly sac,
I was placed into a heated glass box.
My skin was yellow and wrinkled and hairless,
and my body was scrawny,
less on the scales
than a standard bag of white sugar.

Daddy held me in the palm of his hand.
My newly formed fingers fought tenaciously to grasp his,
so my parents named me "Carrie," which means "Strength."

January 24, 1979. Best wishes to my birthday twin, A!

25 comments:

Niki RuralWritings said...

Happy Bday to you! Happy Bday to you! Happy Bday dear Carrie, Happy Bday to you!!!!!
Have a wonderful day!
hugs

Anonymous said...

Dearest Carrie ~ Happy Birthday! The day you were born was a mixture of fear and elation. A new baby girl ~ we were thrilled! But you were so tiny ~ you were immediately put into ICU on oxygen with tubes and monitors everywhere. I would stand by your tiny isolette and put my hands in to touch your little body ~ trying to convey my love for you and assure you that your mama was nearby. We counted every ounce you drank and every ounce you gained. When I finally got to hold you in my arms four days later, I didn't want to ever let you go!

If we could have looked ahead 29 years to see the woman you have become ~ strong, beautiful, talented, godly, with a wonderful husband and darling son ~ we need not have worried. But we put you in God's hands and are THANKFUL for His blessing our family with you!

I love you very much ~ Happy Birthday! Mom

Angela - Life w/ One Busy Boy said...

Happy birthday!!!!

jennwa said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, friend! I hope you have a very special and relaxing day! Love, Sara

mer said...

Happy Birthday, Carrie. I hope your day is wonderful and filled with many good things!

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Carrie!! I hope you have a fabulous day!

Love you,
Kendra

thehomespunheart said...

Happy Birthday, Carrie!

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I love the poem!

Jen said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!!!

I hope you have a wonderful day.

What your Mom wrote is so sweet.

Again, Happy Birthday!!!

Cottage in the City! said...

Man what your mom wrote nearly made me cry. I have a little 12 yr old firecracker who was born 2 months too early and it seemed we had to admire her from afar forever but she is strong and smart and I know God has wonderful things instore for my girl! Have a blessed Birthday!

kristin said...

Happy Birthday, Carrie! Hopefully I can try to talk to you later today! I hope you enjoy it!

Love,
Kristin

Amy said...

Happy birthday!

Wow! You're a talented writer. That poem is just perfect!

I hope you enjoy your day!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Carrie!

What your Mom wrote DID make me cry, as I recalled that day myself!

I love you & am very PROUD of you1

Love, Grandma S.

Lisa said...

Happy Birthday to you my friend! I hope your day is filled with nothing but love and happiness!

Liisa said...

Wishing you every happiness today and always!

Blessings,
Liisa

Katie said...

Happy Birthday Carrie!! :-)

It's one of my best friend's (Becky's) birthdays today too! (Except this is her 30th!) It will be easy to remember!

Many blessings to you today!
~Katie

Tracy said...

Happy Birthday, Carrie!

Ryan said...

To my favorite sister-in-law,

Happy Birthday! I'm glad you're a part of our family!

Love,
Your favorite brother-in-law

Ewokgirl said...

Happy Birthday, Carrie! Your poem is lovely, and your mother's words even lovelier.

Mom2fur said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!
Wow, how little and adorable you must have been! And I bet all that love was the biggest reason you thrived!
BTW, my own birthday is tomorrow...but I'm not a little kid like you, LOL! I'm gonna be 52!
(IMHO, all the BEST people are born in January!)

MyHeartIsAlwaysHome said...

Happy Birthday Carrie!

Anonymous said...

Happy Happy Birthday, my dear friend! You are precious to MANY...and to your Creator, most of all! I love you!

Mandi

Susan said...

Happy Birthday Carrie. I really enjoyed your poem. And your mom wrote just melted my heart.

justabeachkat said...

I'm just a little late since we didn't get back into town until last night, but Happy Happy Birthday sweet friend!

Hugs!
Kat