25 July 2008

birthday child











This sweet child turned eight today.

Sometimes I catch myself studying the pale curve of his cheeks, and I think he's still my baby

but asplitsecondlater the light changes and he's all

angles
and

stretching limbs,

growing toward a wide world that is not me.

Funny how birthdays make me walk that razor-thin wire between happy and sad. So thankful for these eight years, so wishing for a hundred more.

14 comments:

Kimberly said...

He does have that look to him that says he'll someday be breaking hearts. But accidentally. There's a sweetness to him still.

The Rushtons said...

I would so kill for those lashes!

funky madchen said...

As the children get older their birthdays do become bitter-sweet....I always reflect back to when they were toddlers and I get a little teary.

Brandie said...

You said it perfectly. My children's birthdays are so bittersweet. Great post and your son looks like such a sweetheart.

mncgirlfriends said...

He is growing too fast-- all of them are!!

Jenn said...

He is a gorgeous little boy...and will forever be in your heart :) Send those eyelashes my way!

Happy birthday to your sweet son!

take a bow Jenn

Heidi Zawisza said...

Happy Birthday!! So sweet!

Geeta said...

Nicole-
Again, you say what we all have in our minds on children's birthdays, but phrased poetically.

Rebekah said...

You have such beautiful children!!!

My 8 yr. old is sitting here, and she says your 8 yr. old is cute... uh oh! She better stop growing up, right now...

deconstructing jen said...

Look at those gorgeous blue green eyes. Wow.

PamperingBeki said...

Nic, he's absolutely gorgeous!!

Ribbon Rock Star said...

Hope he had a GREAT birthday!

Linda

funky madchen said...

As the children get older their birthdays do become bitter-sweet....I always reflect back to when they were toddlers and I get a little teary.

The Rushtons said...

I would so kill for those lashes!