There Will Be Cake

March 30, 2012 at 2:27 am (Uncategorized)

Ooh, two birthdays at our house today. My daughter is 12, and my dog is 1. We’re having samosas and birthday cake. What could be better?

Both the kids like to hear the stories of their birth, and I can tell it with a sense of perfect clarity. It’s hard to know what I’m leaving out, but the versions I tell never seem to change(unlike many of my stories which evolve over time)

It’s a sobering thought being a parent. I remember the first time I walked into the ICU (there were some complications) and a nurse snapped, “Yes?”.

“Er, I’m here to see my…daughter.” It’s funny saying those words out loud for the first time.

So today is a good day. A time to remember, a time to enjoy. Happy birthday girl. Oh, and you too Lester.

Whenever friends have children, I always try to find a reason to include this beautiful sonnet in the card.

Sonnet XII

When I do count the clock that tells the time,
And see the brave day sunk in hideous night;
When I behold the violet past prime,
And sable curls, all silvered o’er with white;
When lofty trees I see barren of leaves,
Which erst from heat did canopy the herd,
And summer’s green all girded up in sheaves,
Borne on the bier with white and bristly beard,
Then of thy beauty do I question make,
That thou among the wastes of time must go,
Since sweets and beauties do themselves forsake
And die as fast as they see others grow;
   And nothing ‘gainst Time’s scythe can make defence
Save breed, to brave him when he takes thee hence.



  1. lunarbone said,

    Happy birthday to your precious 🙂

  2. fischerzed said,

    Thanks. The cake was good too! Shout out to The Cupcake Shoppe on Yonge, north of Eglinton.

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