Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Many Happy Returns!

The Piper and I have a running joke. "Marry me," she says, "and I'll take you away to all this."

Well, 47% of Maine voters would be perfectly happy to let us do just that, but it looks like we'll have to wait--and work--a while longer before that particular dream comes true.

And so we work. We rise each morning and greet the rising sun together. We let the Border Collie out of her kennel and she guides us through the door, down the steps, and over to the waiting chickens inside the wee barn. The Piper lifts their little hatch and they come hopping and spilling and fluttering out in a laughable, feathery rush.

We check their feed and water. We gather the eggs--softly brown and sometimes still warm to the touch. We stop to admire the cows, all shaggy and complacent in their neatly-fenced pasture. We hear the contented sounds of creatures all around. We are in love with this place, these creatures, this dear old storied plot of land.

Happy Birthday, my Beloved. Married or not, thank you for taking me away to all this!

10 comments:

Mama Pea said...

Awww, what a sweet, sweet birthday card! Happy Birthday, Piper, from me, too. Hope you have a wonderful day.

P.S. My better half often says to me, "Let me support you in the way you've never been accustomed to."

revdisco said...

Happy Birthday! I have been very blue about the vote too and am straight (whatever that means). I wish for you and Piper to have a wonderful celebration! You are in my thoughts and prayers!

I love Mama Pea's P.S. I think I will try using that with partner....Dutch Treat.

Songbird said...

A belated Happy Birthday to Piper!

Mary Beth said...

This is just lovely.

LutheranChik said...

Have a wonderful birthday, Piper. At our house too we're chopping wood and carrying water, together, no matter what voters and legislators do.

revkjarla said...

sigh. beautiful. just beautiful...in spite of.

Anonymous said...

love this post! thanks for it and all you are. Amy W in Chicago

God_Guurrlll said...

Hey a shout out to you from my blog. Check it out on my blog. Thanks for the lovely day!

Leslie Moore said...

I am one of the 47% and so sorry there weren't lots more of us. I'd love to visit your farm some day, meet you and Piper, and photograph your animals for my woodcuts and pen-and-ink drawings. Sounds like a lovely place! Oh yes, and sample your baking, too!

hannah said...

This is my favorite post I have read on a blog... ever.