Friday, February 27, 2009

Happy Birthday, Joyce!

It's the 80th birthday of my wonderful Mom, Joyce Kennedy, an event so noteworthy that I must finally return to elenabella. (It has been a tough February, with computer complications and other unanticipated demands affecting the production of this bio-logue blog.) But the month is almost at an end, bringing at last a most magical day, a birthday rhyme-in-time: Hey, Mama! Happy Birthday!

When I have a chance, I will scan some photos of my mother over the years. For now, here is a glimpse of her at a Twins game. Born in a small town in North Dakota, her life has unfolded now for 8 full decades, something I find almost impossible to believe – until I recall Mom's steady energy, engagement, and emotional and intellectual brilliance. She loves life and lives it well.

Poet, teacher, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, devoted partner to Wally, my mother is a wordsmith and keen participant in the world. She inspires many people with her kindness, wit, intelligence, and clear, easy determination. She was named well, finding and creating Joy in a most natural, unaffected way, nearly every day. Thank you for life, Mom, and Happy Birthday!


Ricardo said...

What a lovely looking mom!

Michael Wilkerson said...

Congratulations, Joyce! What a great life you have lived, for your family and so many others.

Lyle Daggett said...

Happy birthday, Joyce!

(80 years old? Impossible. Just impossible.)


Only yesterday
lily flowers by the stream
touched with early dew.
Now, among high pines, a crow
calls the brightness of evening.


Cheers -- Salud.

elena said...

~ thanks to everyone who is sending out a shout to my wonderful mom!

Kathy said...

Oh, Elena, so good to have you back again on your bio/dia blog, and what a wonderful way to re-emerge, with a tribute to our amazing mother on her 80th! Let me sing the chorus to your praise song for our beloved Mom, a keen participant in the world. Much love, Kathy