Happy (Birth) Days

I was born 27 years ago. I don’t know if it was daytime or nighttime, sunny or rainy, since I don’t remember the actual arrival.

But I remember most of the years of the journey up until today. I remember my little pony collection, castle and all, crayons spread out on the floor and the colour pink, like the bike that my brother taught me to ride. I remember the way my mom would call for us from the balcony to come in for supper. She still has that softness in her voice. The sound of a mother’s unconditional love.

I remember my school desk and how carefully I chose the wrapping paper for my books. I remember my first crush and the perfect lock of hair in his neck that I always wanted to touch. I ran into him this spring, and even though I hadn’t seen him for eight years I could spot him miles away from the way he walks.

I remember the late evenings hanging out on our bicycles on the empty school yard. The times that we climbed up on the roof and wrote messages on the concrete walls. The school is still there, maybe I should see if the messages are?

I remember my high school graduation and the prom. The tailor-made red china silk dress that almost shimmered in gold in sunlight. I remember sitting on my mom’s bedside at 7 a.m. the morning after when she took out all my hair pins and I told her about how everyone had gathered on the hill and watched the sunrise to the sound of guitars and laughter. It really felt like a crossroad. The first of many.

My friends from back then are still with me. I have just picked up a few more companions over time. Some people I have met once, others I have shared chapters of months and years with. Some people have been gone for a while, but crossed my path again, bringing wonderful meaning and significance to my life! They are all precious gifts, that make every day feel like a birthday!

I can’t wait to continue on this journey, and create more remembrance along the way.

The only compass I need is the reflection of my smile in your eyes.

That way I know I am always heading in the right direction…