Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Birthday !

Age: 20
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FEBRUARY 13,
1909- 2008
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DEAR MOM,
YOUR BIRTHDAY, 100 YEARS
since you first showed the world your
beautiful face, your bold spirit.
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Look at that girl! Still ready for fun,
ready for dreams...
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I salute the 99 1/2 years that you lived in this world.
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You'd never say no to a toast, so here's to the girl, my Mom,
who was born in Czarist Russia, made her way across rolling
seas at the age of 12 to the gold paved streets of New York,
and never looked back.
The name they gave you at Ellis Island eventually became
an interesting anecdote.
When I placed your name on the Wall of Honor, on Ellis Island
so many years later, you as Yetta Lam, who should have been Lem,
sit in the midst of a sea of Chinese immigrants, the only girl
from a shtetl so honored.
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Your artistry in painting, your skill as a designer, informed me,
probably just handed me some very rich DNA. Hopefully,
years also, like you.
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Sometimes a bit too direct?? Too demanding?? That war is over.
Just love you a lot now.
Funny how that happens.
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So bless you Mom. It was meant to be.
Happy Birthday!


Age: 15










12 comments:

Derrick said...

Hello Lyn,

Such a lovely tribute to your Mom. The first photo is beautiful and she looks like a girl who enjoyed life. Such a long life and such different worlds!

Poetikat said...

This is a lovely post, Lyn. I can so relate to that last part - my mom is very present in my life at the moment and I probably take her for granted since yes, she can be demanding and difficult, but I do really love her! Your post has just reminded me when I needed to be reminded.

I love those two photos and the "Lam" "Lem" story. She must have been a singular woman.

My mom was born in '29.

Kat

Linda S. Socha said...

What a beautiful post and a loving tribute to your mother. I would have loved to know her. Thank you for sharing this!
Linda

Jeane said...

a wonderful tribute! she looks like she had fire! and spice.....

Lyn said...

Derrick-
Indeed a different world, ahead of her time..thank you.

Kat-
It's true that we sometimes dwell on the petty..we all just need love!

Linda-
So many thanks..she would have made you feel at home!

Jeane-
You are so right! Thanks so much..

Raph G. Neckmann said...

How beautiful and moving a tribute, Lyn. Makes me wish I had known her too.

Natalie said...

Hi Lyn!, I enjoyed every bit of your tribute to your mother. Really lovely.
I loved the photos too.


Hugs.xx

Lyn said...

Raph-
She would have loved your art, she was a meticulous artist. Thanks so much.

Natalie-
Those old photos are really great, they contain so much spirit!
Much thanks.

Deedee said...

You are right Lyn - she sure is a beauiful girl! What a wonderful legacy she has in you. I would be completely healed and content if my own daughter was to express such love for me.

Lyn said...

DeeDee-
All I can say is, me too...life is funny.
Thank you for your sentiments..

willow said...

What a super picture! A lovely tribute to your mother.

Lyn said...

Willow-
I so enjoyed doing this. Lucky to have many old photos. Thank you.

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