Katey

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So, what is this?

I, who barely post once a week most weeks, am putting up my third post in that many days.

Amazing!

Well, not so much, really.

Today is my daughter Katey’s birthday.

She always has caused me to reach beyond my limits.

There was a time when I thought I wanted four children. When I was still in high school, I clipped a photo of four little blondes in robin’s egg blue footed pajamas posing along a bannister. I stuck it in my journal and imagined that would be my house, my family, my bannister.

That was before I experienced pregnancy and childbirth.

Then I wound it down; one child was a nice little family.

Until I got pregnant again.

And realized that was just right.

I worried that I couldn’t possibly love a second child as much as I loved the first.

Until Kate was born.

Then I realized the capacity for loving grows with the number of beings to receive it.

I thought children would grow and develop personalities based solely on what they were exposed to.

Yet I’ve watched each of my daughters grow up with their own distinct personalities, separate from me, separate from their father, and different from each other.

Unique.

Beautiful.

Much Loved.

Happy Birthday, Katey!

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About cindyricksgers

I am an artist. I live on an island in northern Lake Michigan, USA. I have two grown daughters, four strong, smart and handsome grandsons and one beautiful, intelligent and charming granddaughter. I live with two spoiled dogs. I love walking in the woods around my home, reading, writing and playing in my studio.

10 responses »

  1. Cindy, how well put. I have two as well, one of each. It is funny how different the flowers bloom on the same tree? Mine are as different as peaches and pickles but I love them to death. They have made my life interesting and provided me with four more beings to share my love with. Nice job.

    • It is! Along with the fear of not loving the second as much as the first was the – also irrational – fear that I’d love the second so much, the first would fall by the wayside…kind of like the way the dog had, when the first came along! Thanks for reading, Kate!

  2. This is a delightful tribute to your Katey. My husband said he only wanted one child because he could never love a second one as much. Wonder how many times that is proven wrong? Hope you are having a wonderful weekend, Cindy.

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