My daughter, Kim, celebrated her 40th year of life, and bringing joy to her mother and me, on July 6, 2007. It was a special day for Kim, and she received her fair share of birthday gifts and greetings. However, I suspect that the most long lasting and touching gift of all will be a poem she received from Michele DeVoe Lussky. Addressed “For Kim:” it reads:
“Indiana walks – forest talks and the trees
don’t only whisper the secrets
so do you in your laugh in your gait in your stride and your wide
opens to it all
Striding into the depths you ease me
release me, you are my
Now the gatherings, breaking
bread and barriers
-and life is so limitless to you, I get caught up and am
It isn’t the wine.
When did I find you or you find me and that joy between us
and so many more?
When did you become so
We work together
for each other
and play together
The honesty, integrity, reality of you, Kim, enchants me, lifts me, heartens me. You are a wonderful friend. Thank you for being born!