Canadian artist, educator, Elizabeth Cunningham, wrote this for her granddaughter:
Wishes for Avalea on her First Birthday
As you slowly but surely
come to standing,
even step out a little into the world,
may you find balance
in the place called here.
You need not always be looking back
or wondering what is next.
There is a gift in the present.
I wished for your first year
a place of grace in your mother’s arms.
For your second: a sense of home
where you need not be
anywhere else at all.