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My brother is turning 43—I miss him dearly

My kids remind me of my little bro and myself

Two brothers

I still enjoy seeing my boys walk down the street to catch their school bus. I don't need to accompany them, but I love to sneak a peek from our picture window as they waddle to their stop. I imagine their conversations. Sometimes they jostle, punch each other playfully. Sometimes they race to the end of the street. I can't help but . . .

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March 21, 2019

A Beautiful Time

A birthday song for my younger son

Baby sleeping

A BEAUTIFUL TIME

Today you are 9
I'm feelin' fine
A beautiful time
To be with you
You know it's true

Today you are 9
When you were born
I had sworn
To love you, my son
You know it's true

When I put you to bed
And give you a kiss
Oh, I'll never miss that
I'm lovin' you

I feel your smile in the sun
I feel your pain in the rain
I . . .

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October 03, 2018

You came into this world—a blessing

A poem for my younger son, who turned 8

Dad and baby 2

You came into this world—a blessing

you came into this world
a blessing
wrapped in love, a cry
your journey began
taller i stand
when i'm holding
your hand

i put you to sleep
kiss on the cheek
i look at the clock
think of skipping rocks
with you

time has warped by
minutiae of life
through joy
through strife
i see you, baby
no . . .

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October 03, 2017

In the blink of an eye

A poem for my older son, who turned 10

Dad with newborn

In the blink of an eye

In the blink of an eye
you grew;
ten years gone by
i knew
the day
you were born,
my life
had changed
forever.

In the blink of an eye
you smiled;
a dimple
curl of the lip
sip of youth
dance of joy;
truth
beholden,
bond—
golden.

In the blink of an eye
i try
to freeze
a stitch of time
how sublime
to hear your laugh
to . . .

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August 03, 2017

I felt as if I ruined my son's birthday

A great day ended on a disappointing note

birthday candles

In August, you, my eldest, turned nine. It is amazing how quickly time has passed. You are growing up to be a fine person. You are persistent, stubborn, happy, thoughtful, emotional, intelligent, athletic; more of a leader than I ever was at that age. You are courageous. You are my son.

Morning of your birthday. You . . .

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Posted in: birthdayemotions

September 01, 2016

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