I sat in her rocker,
buried in a mound of stuffed animals and books
and reading The Very Busy Spider,
something struck her fancy and
she began to laugh.
And laugh and laugh.
I caught it upon contact,
the laughter, and there we were
like two birds squawking on a branch,
seamless in our feathered delight.
As the sky faded to a reflective black
in the window behind us,
I could no longer tell where her laugh
ended and mine began.
Jesse was just outside the door,
sitting and listening
until we were quiet again
and we had exhausted ourselves into
two sighing heaps.
He said: It was like the most beautiful song
I have ever heard!
So here's a day to celebrate all the
precious kiddos out there
as well as all the adults who
are along for the dynamic and
Love to you all,
Heather, Jesse and Opal
**This was the email that was sent to family and friends
on Opal's Birthday, October 22, 2009.**