To Ben on his 2nd birthday from Super Gram on her 100th birthday

Today is my Grandmother’s 100th birthday. My nephew, Ben, turned two on Thursday. Instead of Great Grandmother (which sounds too old to Grandma) the great grandkids call her Super Gram. Being the oldest grandchild, I have watch Grandma change and soften over the years. Here’s the poem.
to ben from super gram
To Ben on his 2nd birthday
From Super Gram on her 100th birthday
January 2015
by Dawn Anderson

Ben,
You will live many lives in your long life.
Enjoy each phase.
Like your sister,
love your kid life.
Roll in the leaves with friends,
ride your bike around the school yard,
get cupcake frosting on your nose,
and build Brio train tracks
all over the living room floor.

Savor your teen life.
Lifting in the weight room,
practicing crossovers on your hockey stakes,
driving your first car on the ice,
and stocking shelves at the IGA
to earn money to take a pretty girl
to the prom.

Grow into a good citizen,
a kind, thoughtful, loving man,
friend, son, husband, father or uncle.
Grow into a hard-working earner
or entrepreneur.
Be a creator of community and good will.
Find a productive art
whether it is painting, wood working,
writing, or spreadsheets.

Over my 100 years,
I have collected a library’s worth
of knowledge and experiences
but what I treasure the most,
what I have pared my life down to,
is family.
Surround yourself with good, supportive people.
And, remember this Ben,
life,
above all,
is about love!

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About createthedawn

Dawn’s calling is for her poetry to “light the gloomy corners of the world.” She facilitates writing workshops both online and face-to-face and is a dynamic speaker on inspiration, innovation, change, and healing. Dawn believes in the power of poetry to process, to focus, to align, and to find our way to happiness and fulfillment. Thus, her business and her blog are called: create the dawn.
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