best birthday gift

Out of the mouth of babes….
do we see that we are all connected…
like 6-year-old Emily does spontaneously in this essay…


Riley, my granddaughter, was three years old, when she sang “Since You’ve Been Gone,” by Kelly Clarkson, as if she was performing on stage. Riley opened her mouth big as a balloon, and wiggled like a worm. No, like a rock star.

Everyone laughed, and loved how much she mimicked Kelly Clarkson, being miniature-sized. I wanted to videotape her, and send it into America’s Funniest Home Videos…but I forgot to bring my video camera from Ithaca to Boston where Riley lives with her younger sister, Emily. By the time I returned to Boston with my video-camera, Riley no longer wanted to sing for me or her family. I was disappointed, and now wonder why I hadn’t remembered earlier, and why it meant so much to me to record my grand-child’s amazing singing.

Didi (my name as gramma) is very excited that Emily wrote what is above in bold on her own. Emily is sitting on my lap as I type, and she is working the space key. She is 6 years old. She likes to sing Put your hands in the air, “because I know it a lot,” she tells me when I ask why she likes that song. Emily just typed her name and is giggling. I help Emily type mostly her words:

And green is the color of Love. Cats and dogs and bunnies are love.
Riley and Emily are LOVE.

I love didi and mommy and Riley I am dun.

My heart is singing, and not just because it is my birthday, where I sing today with my 2 daughters and 3 granddaughters, “When I’m 64” by the Beatles.