*This post is dedicated to my daughter Laura, who is enjoying her 28th birthday today.
A birthday comes but once a year. I had another recently, and received well wishes and warm regards from all over the world. While that was very nice, I don’t make as big a deal out of birthdays any more. There is one thing though that really stands out:
The truly wonderful thing about a birthday is that it is a celebration of life.
I think birthdays are especially wonderful to celebrate when they involve children.
Such is the case with my daughter Laura, also known as PWAML, who, as I stated in my dedication is just 28 years young today. My how it seems like yesterday. You’ll find out in a moment what PWAML means.
A Birthday Story
Many birthdays involve
- a special meal
- a surprise party with party hats, balloons and noise-makers
- cards, a cake and candles
- chocolates and/or flowers
- fond remembrances and plenty of laughter
- the warmth of family and friends
Birthdays are also about gifts. After my first wife and I lost our first child to a late-stage near-rupture ectopic pregnancy the year before, the beautiful gift of a daughter we named Laura Megan came into the world on November 7th, some 28 years ago, at 10 minutes to 11 at night.
Due to complications, I happened to be the first to hold Laura in my arms. Wrapped in her hospital blanket, I wandered a short distance up the hallway in the NICU (Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit), talking to her as I went.
I don’t recall my exact words, but they were very close to this:
Welcome to the world Laura. We've been waiting a long time to meet you. I'm your Daddy, and I'm always going to love you. From this moment forward, I am going to call you my PWAML. I know it won't be easy to say, at first, but some day you will. That means Perfectly Wonderful And Much Loved.
You see, I happen to agree with Brian Tracy who says that
“The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.“
I wanted to give Laura the gift of a lifetime, a nickname that every time she hears PWAML or thinks about it, she internalizes those words.
Laura, I am so proud of who you have become, and all that you aspire to be.
Happy Birthday my dear PWAML.
Is today your birthday, too?
If today also happens to be your birthday, I wish you a very Happy Birthday, and success in all your endeavors. You may wish to spend some of your day reflecting on where you have been, how far you have come, and where your purpose will lead you.
I found out you also share the same birthday as:
- Madame Curie, the late Polish physicist and first woman to win a Nobel Prize
- Billy Graham. The Christian evangelist is 94 today.
- Leon Trotsky, the late Russian Revolutionary.
… to name a few.
Bring on the music!
One of my business associates, Kumar Gauraw, is also having a birthday today. Kumar, our wish for you is that the year ahead is filled with blessings… too many to count. You are, indeed, a beautiful friend. I encourage you to leave a birthday wish for Kumar here.
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For the acronym buffs… a BIRTHDAY says…
Blessings! I Rejoice To Honor, Delight, Appreciate You
Have your Say…
What are some of your fondest birthday memories?
How does having another birthday cause you to reflect on life?
Please share your thoughts and experiences here. Thank you kindly!
May your day bring you countless blessings!