a child and a birthday suit

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For my birthday we watched Moonrise Kingdom, and the innocent love of the young girl and boy made me so sad and alive at once. I remembered before I tried to be woman, tying knots in clover stems, bathing with my sister, sticking my tongue in kool-aid packets: innocent girl, tree green eyes, firefly hands.

Real love is when you see the child in me, see me crisscross apple sauce and offer your hands. Down, down baby. Down by the roller coaster. Sweet sweet baby, Mama never let you go.

Dance with me, if you’re my friend. Don’t buy me things; just dance. Talk poetry like a cheshire cat. Talk magical powers. Walk in the wardrobe. Feel the trees in the dark. Sing straight into your hairbrush.

After the movie, we found Eden, ignored good and evil. Sometimes I still remember how to walk naked with God.

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Ashleigh Baker
Reply August 14, 2012

Your words, they take my breath. I often don't have more to say to you in this space than that, because they do.

I love the way you dance.

Southern Gal
Reply August 14, 2012

Happy Birthday! Reading this made me smile.

Brandee Shafer
Reply August 14, 2012

They can call me sacreligious for saying so, but all the powerhouse writers are Leos, these days. (I am not a Leo.) Happy Birthday, Amber. Praying for perfect health in your home, this year, and continuing happiness and grace and love.

Reply August 14, 2012

Love this, Amber.

Reply August 14, 2012

There was something about that movie that made me just feel so real, I guess. I felt it and loved it and smile when thinking of it.

I'm glad you were born, Amber. I know I'm far from the only one. :)

Sarah Bessey
Reply August 14, 2012

This entire thing is my heart-cry and I never have had it articulated so well. Me, too, friend.

Kelly Sauer
Reply August 14, 2012

"Sing straight into your hairbrush."

And that last line?


Holy moly, girl.

Reply August 14, 2012

Nostalgia...the ache of an old wound...don't buy me things, just stir memory...unless we become like little children...

Thanks, and yes its a brilliant film.

Diana Trautwein
Reply August 14, 2012

Oh, my. Thanks for this, Amber-in-the-wardrobe. I'm right there with you. Glad you had an Edenic moment in the midst of way too much evidence of the fall.

Diana Trautwein
Reply August 14, 2012

P.S. I LOVED, loved that film. Loved.It.

Jennifer Upton
Reply August 14, 2012

You truly are beautiful. Your words, oh your words. Blessed by them always.

Reply August 14, 2012

So love this.

the Blah Blah Blahger
Reply August 14, 2012

Everything about this made me smile...especially the down down baby. ; )

Kamille @ Redeeming the Table
Reply August 14, 2012

you've taken me to my childhood with your words. thank you for this gift.

Shelly Miller
Reply August 14, 2012

Love this inspired post, the way you string words together like a collection of trinkets around your wrist. I prayed for you and Titus today while I drove alone to the doctor.

    Reply August 15, 2012

    Wow... As one of you commenter already stated... Each line IS like adding a charm to a charm bracelet. Happy birthday! God bless you, keep yoy, give you strength and an extra measure of HIS joy and hope.

Reply August 14, 2012

So just in case I never told you, I love your words so very much. Can't tell you how lovely this is. Won't try. You do poetry like no one else, Amber. Bless you, and bless Titus on his road to healing.

Reply August 14, 2012

this poetry? ahhh.

Reply August 14, 2012

I could just write "me, too" to every comment written here. This is a gift, this heart-cry written out. Thanks, Amber, and happiest of birthdays to you.

Reply August 15, 2012

Happy Amber ! Birthday Blessings!

Tanya Marlow
Reply August 15, 2012

"Sometimes I still remember how to walk naked with God."
That line has stayed with me all day. Thank you.

Diana Stanshop
Reply August 15, 2012

Happy Birthday girl. I will dance for you for your birthday. Dance! dance!

Erica @ Expatria, Baby
Reply August 16, 2012

happy happy birthday, may you always keep your firefly hands.

Zyrine Kirk
Reply August 17, 2012

You have a beautiful family. Happy Birthday. Wishing good heath for your family.

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