This seems to be a day for counting blessings. Why wait for the government-sanctioned observance coming in November? Kate Wolf had what I imagine was a signature song, called "Give Yourself to Love" which I like to sing in the kitchen (as I also like to sing "Pancho and Lefty" and disparate tunes from a long, eclectic musical history). My truest blessing today is that this is my son's birthday. He is the teacher I never knew I needed, bringing with him thoughts and devices that expand my world...these are not non-sequiturs but merely poorly arranged sentences...and he connects, especially, to the final verse of Kate Wolf's song, "Love is born in fire, it's planted like a seed. Love can't give you everything but it gives you what you need. Love comes when you are ready, love comes when you're afraid. It'll be your greatest teacher, the best friend you have made."
The anticipation and joy over his arrival has not diminished in the years since his birth. Fresh aspects and awareness emerge anew as he, as we all do, continues to evolve. I had never imagined myself capable of being someone's mother but the knowledge of his pending arrival (miraculous, in my mind) told me that a greater wisdom than I possessed felt I was equal to the task. That I was given the chance continues to humble me. Happy Birthday. Live long and prosper.
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1dZ-x8DLDQ - Kate Wolf singing her own song, with the added bonus, for BATTLESTAR GALACTICA fans, of Helo and Sharon scenes)