October 14, 2008

This Is What I Remember

This is what I remember:

It was hot that day, almost 90 degrees, despite being the middle of October. We drove up the freeway in bright sunshine, full of nervous excitement, not able to stop thinking about the empty car seat behind us.

This is what I remember:

When I first saw you, this enormous bubble of emotion pushed up through me and until I was crying and smiling all at the same time. I could write for a year and not be able to describe all that I was thinking in that moment. All the people who were there that day--your parents and their parents, the friends, your daddy and me--we all stood around crying and smiling at each other. We were so very glad you were here.

This is what I remember:

Your hair was yellow-blond and your hands still wrinkled like an old man's. There was a mark on the tip top of your head from a heart monitor. But the first time I held you none of that showed, because you were bundled up so much that only your face peeked through. You slowly opened your blue eyes and looked into mine. I thought I'd never want to look away.

This is what I remember:

The next several days were emotionally gut-wrenching, as three families fumbled through the transition of adoption. But today as we celebrated another year of your life well-lived, I only remembered the joy of meeting you.

Happy third birthday, Puppy.

16 comments:

luna said...

happy birthday, little puppy! what beautiful memories you hold for him, heather.

Sassy said...

What a beautiful post. Happy Birthday Puppy!

Tammy said...

Happy Birthday Puppy! And blessings to your family...

Meg Weber Jeske said...

Happy birthday, Puppy. This is beautiful, Heather. Such vivid and powerful and emotional memories...

cynthia said...

Oh so beautiful, and what a beautiful picture! Happy third birthday Puppy!!! Birthdays really kick up those memories, don't they?

Juliette said...

Happy Birthday!
Very sweet and beautiful post.

Dawn said...

Happy Birthday to Puppy and to his loving family!!!!

thorn said...

Happy Birthday, Puppy! And congratulations to the families involved for their three years with this wonderful boy.

Lori said...

Happy birthday puppy! I pray this year brings you and your family more beautiful memories to cherish.

My name is Andy. said...

Beautiful

Kendra said...

Oh, I got chills! Happy Birthday to Puppy!

Megan said...

Happy Birthday, Puppy!

Judy said...

What a beautiful post. Happy birthday to Puppy!

JJandFive said...

Beautiful.

mama2roo said...

THIS is why I love and read you.

GLouise said...

Happy birthday, sweet boy!

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