Birthday Dedication: A Celebration Of Life

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Every birthday is a gift of life.

Every birthday is a gift of life.


*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
  • well-wishes

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.
xxx ooo

Happy Birthday Laura! I love you dear PWAML!

Happy Birthday Laura!
I love you 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.

According to The Secret Language, a website curating personality types based on 40 years of study of 20,000 people, the secret language describing your personality is INTENTIONAL DISCOVERY.

To check any other birthday, click here.

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!

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About Bill Butler
William A. Butler is a John C.Maxwell certified coach. He loves to add value to others and aspiring to be a great humanitarian, lives by four words: BE LOVE TO OTHERS. William often goes by "Bill" and is a poet, a songwriter and has an upcoming novel.

12 thoughts on “Birthday Dedication: A Celebration Of Life

  1. Hi Bill,

    Many many happy returns of the day to Laura. Wow! Time flies and I wondered about it today as well when I did realize that 2013 is almost gone.

    Well, a year well spent! And thank you very much for surprising me with another coincidence (me and Laura were born on the same day?). LOL! That’s an incredible coincidence!

    Colleen and you have nothing been a blessing for Snigdha and me. Thank you for being a wonderful friend!

    You have a wonderful day today and everyday!


    • Hello Kumar,

      You’re very welcome, my friend!

      Hope your birthday was enjoyable. I imagined it wan’t nearly as meaningful to you with your family being away.
      However, I noticed that the love of friends kept you busy in certain circles.

      Thank you for your kind words of encouragement too.

      Warm Regards,

  2. Greta D'Mello says:

    Happy Birthday dear Kumar. May all your dreams come true.God bless you in all you do.
    Love and regards,

  3. Happy birthday to your lovely daughter Bill and I hope she’s enjoying her special day. What a wonderful tribute to her and I’m sure she’s very proud.

    We don’t really celebrate birthdays accept whatever we want for dinner. I didn’t grow up that way I’m afraid so they’ve never been a really special occasion.

    Now kids are totally different. Today is my nephew’s birthday and he’s 19 years old. He lost his Dad when he was just 5 but he’s grown into such a wonderful young man. He’s attending college now, his first year and we’re all so very proud.

    Beautiful tribute and I stopped by to tell Kumar happy birthday too. Thanks for letting us know about him as well.

    Have fun celebrating.


    • Thank you very much Adrienne. It just seems like yesterday when she was a little girl, and all those magical moments
      start swirling, ushering in yesteryear. I sang her Happy Birthday and enjoyed a really great conversation with her too.

      Just reflecting on your nephew’s experience, I think about how amazing the human spirit is, our resiliency and determination
      to succeed in life, despite major losses or setbacks.

      Glad you like it. I thought it a fitting tribute to one who is yet “Daddy’s little girl” and still one of the brightest stars
      in my world.

      I appreciate your comments. You’ve stirred up a lot of memories.

      Enjoy your weekend! Stay well.

  4. Hi Bill,

    How wonderful!

    You made me tear up as I read what you said to your baby daughter when she was born. Beautiful. Happy birthday to PWAML 🙂 and happy birthday to Kumar.
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    • Hi Sylviane,

      Glad you understand. I wanted to ensure that my daughter never went through any of the terrible things I experienced.
      The only way to do that is to be the best example, to be attentive, to create future memories all along the way.

      I will pass your regards along to Laura. Thank you so much.

      Have a very enjoyable weekend upcoming.

  5. Hi Bill,

    What a touching post! How blessed you are to have your PWAML! You are such a great dad!

    My daughter will be 30 on December 7th…what a milestone for her! She will be celebrating with her friends, but I will be seeing her during the Thanksgiving Holiday and am still thinking of some sort of “tribute” surprise for her.


    • Hi Donna,

      Glad the message touched your heart. Yes, I am very blessed to have such a wonderful daughter.

      She’s been through University and Teacher’s College, will be getting married sometime in the not too distant future.
      I’m sure she will make the same sort of gestures with any children she may have.

      I think you should surprise your daughter on her birthday too with a birthday blog.

      Enjoy your weekend, what’s left of it.


  6. Hello Mr. Bill

    I love how you honored your daughter Laura. She has to be so proud of her dad.
    It is important we celebrate the Day of Purpose in which we were born.

    I have two daughters; Ruth and Sandy. They both are grown with their families, but when May 2nd and June 12 come around,I reflect back on those moments of me giving birth.
    Thank you for sharing the pictures of Laura.
    Does Laura blog?


    • Hello Gladys,

      Nice to hear from you once more. Glad you like the pictures. Laura was pleasantly surprised 🙂

      I was in the Delivery Room the whole time Laura was being born, but I think you will always remember
      your daughters birthdays, even more so, because you gave them birth.

      Laura does not blog. Laura is a teacher and spends much of her time in those endeavors.

      Blessings on the week ahead 🙂


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