It is my sweet mother-in-law's birthday today. Happy Birthday, Lucile. I love you.
Who is sweet and kind and twice my age
who is beautiful and loving and simply amazing
who has character and history and stories to tell
who has memories and tales and has loved long and hard
who loves animals and people and wildlife and plants
who turns raccoons into friends, raised sons to be fine husbands
who is Grandma to six and mother to four,
who is beloved wife and fond friend
Who is writer, defender, compassion sender.
who is survivor and lover and all things tender.
I 'm so blessed to be apart of your family -
happy birthday, dear mother and friend
May year 73 be everything you want it to be.