Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Brand New Brother

Happy Birthday to My Amazing Son Sam!

With thanks to the Seattle Art Museum
for providing the perfect acronym!

As the boys were growing up, summer vacation always began with a Memorial Day beach trip to celebrate Ben's birthday (June 2nd) and concluded with a Labor Day beach trip to celebrate Sam's (September 7th). These trips to Ocean City formed the perfect parentheses to our Philadelphia summers.

Fittingly, my Quotidian sabbatical kicked in after a couple of birthday posts for Ben and Cathleen. And now, as the summer draws to a close, I resume just in time to honor Sam.

Welcome Home Nest, under the dining table,
made by Big Brother Ben (age 3 yrs, 3 mos)
for New Baby Sam (age 2 days)

Happy Birthday Sam McCartney!
23 years ago today: "This is your brand new brother . . . "

The Greatest Discovery

Peering out of tiny eyes
The grubby hands that gripped the rail
Wiped the window clean of frost
As the morning air laid on the latch

A whistle awakened someone there
Next door to the nursery, just down the hall
A strange new sound you never heard before
A strange new sound that makes boys explore

Tread neat so small those little feet
Amid the morning his small heart beats
So much excitement yesterday
That must be rewarded, must be displayed

Large hands lift him through the air
Excited eyes contain him there
The eyes of those he loves and knows
But what's this extra bed just here

His puzzled head tipped to one side
Amazement swims in those bright green eyes
Glancing down upon this thing
That make strange sounds, strange sounds that sing

In those silent happy seconds
That surround the sound of this event
A parent smile is made in moments
They have made for you a friend

And all you ever learned from them
Until you grew much older
Did not compare with when they said
This is your brand new brother
This is your brand new brother
This is your brand new brother

lyrics by Bernie Taupin
sung by Elton John ~ Live in 1970 at BBC studios
Also in 1986 With the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
and in 1999 As a beautiful piano solo ~ Pontevedra, Spain

Previous Birthday Posts & Other Favorites

Vicarious ~ All Hail ~ Washington Monument ~ Earing

2010 ~ 2011 ~ 2012

2013 Fierce Red ~ 2013 The Point About the Daub

2014 ~ 2015

Highschool Gradution ~ College Graduation ~ And Ben

Reader / Writer ~ Mother's Day ~ New York City

Mother's Day 2003 ~ Sam Perfects His Interview Skills!

Ten Years Later ~ Christmas 2013

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