We needed a vacation.It was my grandmother’s 70th birthday. My sister & I paid for my whole families trip to PR. It was the medicine we needed.
Happy Birthday to the strongest, funniest, and wildest woman I ever knew. Happy Birthday to the woman who taught me how to walk, laugh & listen with my heart. Happy Birthday to my best friend, my reason for living, & my source of strength. I love you with every single part of me – from my toes to my lungs. Happy 50th Birthday Mommy, Tovoia, Tinka! 💕💕💕 We’ll see eachother again one day.
I had a mother. Sometimes I can’t remember her looks
To spark my brain, I look thru her bins of Polaroids and unfinished photo-books
Her smile presents flashes of times, distorted, but shared
Slender hands, big laugh and coiled dark hair
Time passes, my eyes close, and her face leaves again
In darkness, I see her nose, more distinct now than it was then.
Large, to the point of cartoonish, I know it’s only in my mind’s eye.
It’s shiny, sharp, and Latin and death-defyingly high.
My brain forgets a face, but remembers a nose that stands tall.
I’d rather have this piece of her than nothing at all.
Now, hope clings tight for memories to come.
What’s next to find? An eyebrow? A thumb?
Any reminder of her presence will satisfy me now.
Until the ache of loss is overcome by all the joy the universe will allow.
I have a mother and she has me too.
Time steals memories, but Angels can make them new.
Up there the sun is warmer
the air more soothing
whispering, no, shouting joyous songs
I’ve never heard.
Up there it is brighter.
The clouds, not floors
more like birds, lighter.
You soar higher still.
On earth, you soared higher still.
The wonderous mass of flesh
could no longer contain the
wonderous spirit that could no longer be restrained.
Down here, the sand scorched your soles.
The pavement too rough;
The grass too harsh.
Naturally, you jumped high,
Leapt, and reached for home.
Now, I find comfort in the
haven you found.
Now I find joy in the heart you
squeeze to beat
You live and I live.
Because you gave me
all you are and still
give me more than I deserve,
I honor you.
Not only for what you give,
but for who you are.
Now, you do the impossible for you live in many homes
You live in our hearts.
There is a piece of you
in all of our souls.
On this day, I honor you
and thank you for your time.
Now be on your way, Mommy,
spread your wings and fly.
Up there, it’s warmer, for
your smile fills the sky.
Up there, joy abounds,
and we all know why.
Your new and old friends sing
that the day is new!
“It’s a beautiful morning, Tovoia.
Happy Birthday to you!”
Yesterday was my cousin Quoia’s 19th Birthday. To celebrate, My 2 sisters, my brother, Quoia and I went to Chuck-E-Cheese and played games for 7 hours straight. We looked a “little” out of place because of the whole “we’re adults” thing and everyone else there was either under 10 or over 50. Still, it was fun to be kid again. Anyway, We collected all the tickets we won and gave her $100 worth of tickets. Then, Quoia bought this bright rainbow slinky with the tickets. Totally worth it! Soo FUN…..I am going to miss these amazing people when I leave for the Peace Corps (: