my beautiful and brilliant daughter,
we'll celebrate over buttermilk chocolate cake
with bittersweet ganache icing.
she makes the icing, patiently whipping it
into chocolate deliciousness while I drink
to her health and long life.
what else can a mother do when there is
nothing left to be done, except to keep loving
her, and caving to all her requests.
it was a long day of shopping, cooking and
baking, every second worth it.
and now, for her birthday gift she holds a
sort of ugly, well, very ugly, sparkly
Christmas decoration for new beginnings
begun long ago.
and, so this beautiful and brilliant daughter
is launching into new adventures; I hope
she will invite me along from time to