Life’s White Lights

Posted On: 12.16.11

If you slow, if you stop, if you squint, you will see them: Life’s white lights. They are wrapped around growth, around green. They dangle and dip. They glitter and shine and blur together. They remind us of seasons, of sweetness, of soul.

His birthday. The man I love is thirty-six today. And the girls and I will descend upon him at his office and take him for lunch. The girls will nibble fries and probably sing holiday songs, and Mommy and Daddy might even indulge in a rebellious midday celebratory cocktail. If there is a quiet moment or two, I might hold his hand over the table and mouth them, those simple words, also true: Happy birthday, babe. I love you. The girls will attack Daddy with hugs and we will say good bye, parting ways for the afternoon hours. He will go back to work, see out the day. We will go home. And then, in the evening, we will take our little girls to a big party. A party at my childhood home. We will twirl with our little creatures around another big tree, around friends old and new and forever, around family. We will celebrate it all – the birthday, the holiday, the everyday.

Our anniversary. On Sunday, it will be seven years. Seven years of marriage. Seven wonderful and wild years. Years in which we’ve thrived and survived and welcomed a treasured (and tricky) trio of Rowley girls. We will do what we try to do each year on this night. We will hold hands and walk the short distance to the Museum, where this all began. We will climb the big beautiful steps out front and sit under the lit-up dinosaurs. This year, we will have our kids with us. We will tell them a little story. Of us. And then we will hold their little hands (and tote the tiniest) and walk them back down those stairs. And back home. Once they are tucked in, I imagine we will have a quiet toast. To really good years. The ones behind us. And all those that stretch ahead.

My break. It’s that time of year again. To stop, to see, to savor. To pause. It’s time again to spend time in pajamas, tickling tiny toes. It’s time to curl into the cozy moment that is right now, not then, not when. It is time to breathe a series of thank yous, to spend quality time looking at them. My little creatures. My man. My gifts. All of life’s white lights. Because they are there. On that big sweet-smelling tree. And they are here. Tangled in the crooked branches of a life I happen to love.

Happy birthday and anniversary, my love. Happy holidays, all. See you in 2012!

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16 Comments for: "Life’s White Lights"
  1. Aidan, thank you for bringing such joy to the world. Tell him to have a Happy & Happy Anniversary and Yes, see you in 2012.
    Always, Bumby

  2. AG

    What a fun weekend and holiday season you have ahead. Thank you for the gift of your words to us everyday and the midday pause for me as I read them and think. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  3. Happy birthday to him! Happy birthday to you(s)! Happy holidays to all! xo

    • Aidan Donnelley Rowley

      Thanks, my friend. Happy December and beyond to your crew. Let’s shake things up in 2012. Deal? (Not quite sure what this means, but I like the sound of it!)

  4. I love that this time of year is so rich with celebrations for you all. Happy birthday to Husband. Happy anniversary to you both. Happy blogging break. And a very merry Christmas.

    • Aidan Donnelley Rowley

      Thank you, Gale. I hope you have a cozy and celebratory few weeks with your boys and your man and the greater Gale fam. Look forward to more good chats here and elsewhere in 2012. Hope the tiny one has a good first Christmas!

  5. What a beautifully written post. It made me feel warm and smile.

  6. Happy celebrations to you! Enjoy your break. I am thinking about doing the same.

  7. Happy Birthday to your husband. Happy Anniversary to both of you. Enjoy the moments and celebrations. May your life be filled with all these wonderful things. A very sweet post 🙂

  8. Happy Anniversary Birthday Holidays to you and yours. Enjoy your lovely little ladies during the break.

  9. Aidan,
    I absolutely love your writing and your ability to capture those tiny moments in life that turn out to be the most significant. I can’t wait to hear more about book #2 (as I adored your first and actually read it twice).

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a superb New Year. I can’t wait to read your reflections on the holidays and the new year ahead.

    all best,

  10. TWC

    Happy (belated) birthday to Husband. Happy anniversary to you both. And a merry merry Christmas to you and your adorable girls. See you back here in 2012! xo

  11. Jess

    Happy Birthday Husband!! Wow seven years, time flies. Congratulations!

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