Jul 24, 2014
You turn two today, my beautiful Lumen. A couple of those 365-day spans have passed, and I am the most fortunate mother for having spent every single one of these days with you.
You, who only requires water to splash in, music to dance to, and open spaces to run in.
You, with your lengthy lashes, gentle eyes, nose that you’re proud to show me lately that you know how to pick, and that diastema smile and infectious laugh that accompanies it. You, with your hair that is on its way to matching Dylan’s on the Blonde on Blonde album cover. You, with your bear cub hands.
You, who jumps as if all the world were a trampoline, and runs as if receiving the silver medal was not an option. You, who will attempt to climb walls, sofas, chairs, stairs, and over ledges, and when you succeed, almost always land on your feet.
You, who can’t stop giggling when you, your big brother Enlai and I wrestle and tickle in the bed.
You, whose favourite songs are Jay-Z’s “Dust Your Shoulder Off”, Aloe Blacc’s “I Need a Dollar”, the Alphabet Song, and Wheels on the Bus. You, who likes to sing in your buggy as we walk the streets of London.
You, who is fascinated by Elmo, Peppa Pig, and Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom.
You, who could swing on the swings for forever, plus or minus a few minutes.
You, who enjoys destructing every tower Enlai and I build for you and then running out of the room before we can catch you.
You, who has no flaps left in your flap books because you’ve enthusiastically torn them all out, and who doesn’t like to read books in their page order.
You, who are so independent already, and cheeky to boot.
You, who has been through so much in your short life with allergies and anaphylactic reactions but remains the epitome of resilience, the embodiment of the little fella that keeps on keeping on.
You, who comes to me for cuddles, and who I never want to let go when you do.
At only two, you seem to possess a bendable light, a light that shines around corners and softens rough edges. Without being aware of it, you offer to those who are living in faint light to lather themselves in your beams. And to those basking in borrowed light, you remind them of their own lustre. You are my sweet, sweet Lumen. Happy Birthday, my love.