SOLC: Happy Birthday

My daughter is fifteen today. Fifteen.


She is beautiful, loving, and FIFTEEN.

She interacts with friends easily,

participates in class, and in general, is helpful.

She’s daddy’s girl with his true, blue eyes,

loves golf and smiling with him.

She’s adored, cherished, and protected

by dad plus two brothers. 🙂

She advocates for herself and others who don’t.

She’s a good friend, a listener and encourager.

She’s a flutist, a freshman, and

giggles incessantly at the little things.

She’s my only daughter, the young lady who shares her dreams,

makes my heart swell with joy, love, and admiration.

Her smiles and written words are posted nearby,

melting my heart.

My daughter is fifteen, FIFTEEN!

I love her.

Happy Birthday, E!


10 Responses to SOLC: Happy Birthday

  1. Stacey says:

    She sounds wonderful. I think the most striking line of the poem is this one: “She advocates for herself and others who don’t.” How wonderful it is to have a daughter with a strong voice.

  2. Linda Baie says:

    It’s just such a joyous poem, Mary Helen, and parents know about that I guess. She’s sounds like a wonderful young woman. Happy Birthday to your daughter!

  3. Elsie says:

    What a joyful post! Your daughter sounds wonderful but then she has a pretty amazing mother. Happy birthday Daughter!

  4. the other ruth says:

    Hooray for E! Happy birthday to your girl, from another mother of just one girl between 2 brothers. 🙂

  5. What a perfect celebration of fifteen years of fabulous! Happy birthday to your daughter, and congratulations to you! She did not get to be such a wonderful young woman without some help.

  6. Bethany Hall says:

    Happy Birthday, Elizabeth! You are such a beautiful soul!

  7. Ruth says:

    Fifteen? FIFTEEN! 🙂

    Your repetition makes the emotion in your poem stand out. What a beautiful girl. What a lucky momma. 🙂

    Hope it was a very good day.


  8. Tam says:

    Happy Birthday, E! You are both so very fortunate to have each other. Your support and influence will go with her the rest of her life, Mary Helen. Poetry definitely fits the occasion.

  9. Tammy says:

    Happy, Happy birthday E! MH I’m so glad you share special moments like this with all of us!

  10. MaryHelen,

    Happy Birthday. Have been gone, and am just getting around.

    I awarded you a Liebster Blog Award. It’s listed on my site:


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