Happy Birthday, Claire!

Damascus Gate, Claire

Today Claire is 22 years old.  What an interesting mirror she is in my life!  I look at her and see me, then turn to a mirror and see an old lady.  I am puzzled by how that feels.  My hair is turning gray, my step is slower, my strength is slowly diminishing.  But when I watch her, I am young again, standing by the Damascus Gate, or racing to a class across campus, or staying up late to write a paper.  Her whole life is still out there, waiting to be discovered.  She is weighing her options and choosing her future.  I am looking back, sorting through fading memories of what was once my future, but now is spent and past, wondering how I’ll ever read all the books on my shelves, or write all the words in my heart.  My days are numbered, hers are numberless.  I am the mother, she is the daughter, but we are the same, just separated by some years.   I loved her the day she was born.  I love her today, and I will love her for eternity.

About annlaemmlenlewis

I am member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am currently serving as a Missionary in the Washington Yakima Mission. Welcome to my personal blog, Ann's Words, and my Mission blog, Our Yakima Mission. If you are interested in family history stories and histories, you can find those posted in Ann's Stories. Thanks for looking in!
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One Response to Happy Birthday, Claire!

  1. Nicki Nebeker says:

    Ann that was beautiful! Happy Birthday to Claire!

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