Wednesday, September 5, 2007


Six years ago today my little Lean was born. Six weeks early, at 3:51 a.m.

The day of my baby shower.

The long awaited, and much prayed for baby of older parents. The tiniest baby I had ever seen.

The happiest day I have ever had on this earth. My little Lean.

I wrote this haiku for her when she was three:

The brush of her hair
Soft, spun gold against my cheek
Caresses my soul

Guns N' Roses wrote this song about her fourteen years before she was even born:

She's got a smile that it seems to me
Reminds me of childhood memories
Where everything
Was as fresh as the bright blue sky
Now and then when I see her face
She takes me away to that special place
And if I stared too long
I'd probably break down and cry

Oh, Oh, Oh
Sweet child o' mine
Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh
Sweet love of mine

She's got eyes of the bluest skies
As if they thought of rain
I hate to look into those eyes
And see an ounce of pain
Her hair reminds me of a warm safe place
Where as a child I'd hide
And pray for the thunder
And the rain
To quietly pass me by

Oh, Oh, Oh
Sweet child o' mine
Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh
Sweet love of mine

Oh, Oh, Oh yea
Oh, Oh, Oh
Sweet child o' mine
Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh
Sweet love of mine

Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh
Sweet child o' mine
Sweet love of mine

Happy birthday, baby.


Tori :) said...

I thought Guns n Roses wrote that for me?!?
Happy Birthday Lil Lean!
My Tajy's bday is today (9/6) He's 4.
Happy Happy 6th!

Bee said...

You loveth GnR!?
You are so so so so so coule!
All of us that loveth GnR are so so so so coule!

Happy Birthday to Your Little One!

I assume you let her ditch prison today right?

Lisa said...

Haiku writing, I'm impressed. I am also impressed that Guns & Roses foreshadowed such a lovely gift for your little Lean. Happy birthday to her!!! I'm curious--did you make cupcakes for the class today?! Or are those not allowed through the fortress walls?

Jean Knee said...

tori: happy birthday Taj, we let Lean eat a chocolate chip muffin for breakfast ( it contained massive amounts of artificial stuff)

bee- naw i made her go. her teacher's cool and does birthday's in a bigg way

Lisa- as a matter of fact cup cakes are not allowed because of potential frosting mishaps, so I'm taking doughnuts- Lean wants them with sprinkles so I'm frosting them, then hiding that bad frosting with massive sprinkles- I'm a rebel baby!

No Cool Story said...

Happy Birthday Lean! 6 is such a fun age :)

Melissa said...

Happy Birthday Lean!!
And you are such a rebel! Frosting and sprinkles?! You go girl ;)

Kimberly said...

What a beautiful poem...and a beautiful tribute to your little girl. Happy Birthday Lean!

Special K ~Toni said...

Happy Birthday to Lean!

I heart GnRs!

Burg said...

Aww.. Happy sixth birthday to your girl..

elasticwaistbandlady said...

Lean! Lean! She's a doughnut eating machine!

Or so I hear.

Happy Birthday!

Chris said...

That was nice. If only I could mail you some of my special cookies.

mcewen said...

Many happy returns of the day. Hope you manage to celebrate all weekend long.
Best wishes

Christy said...

Happy Birthday! What a great poem.