Happy Birthday To The Redhead, Or, Saturday Morning at 7:41am


 

Yesterday the redhead turned 25.

I gave her two pairs of shoes. Neither extravagant nor bold, as presents go. However, these days I know a lot about walking comfortably and  I’ve always tried to use everything I know – as best I can – to be a mom. Lucky mothers get to do that. The limits are implied if not overt.

Just realized that I’ve been focused on her feet for years. We’ve got a plastic bag of 14 Freed pointe shoes in her closet at home. Never used, because she got injured and put them aside. Never sold because, well, eBay is scary, and one never knows when one might just want to pull out the bag of pink satin and stand, quite still, in an empty bedroom.

This is not mournful. It’s just fact. The person who stands still only does so for a very brief moment.

More often I use her room for the ironing board. All that hissing and clanking and the smell of hot cloth. I think as long as you keep a space open, you can use it in many ways.

Happy Birthday sweet pea. Thanks for making me a mom. I love you more than very much.

The photo above is from a college dance performance. Used with permission from the beloved model.

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35 Comments

  • 07/28/12
    8:05 am

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    The Broke Socialite said...

    Awww. What a sweet tribute.

  • 07/28/12
    8:24 am

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    materfamilias said...

    Happy Birthday to your daughter, and happy birth-day to mom. July’s a heavy-duty birthday month around here as well and you capture some of the wealth of feelings that swirl around these dates very well.

  • 07/28/12
    8:40 am

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    Marcy Simmons said...

    Quelle birthday card!

    Even with this personal tribute, you have managed to enlighten all.
    I clicked on the link to Freed, and started my morning with a beautiful education on the making of pointe shoes. Ahh.

    Thank you once again, and Happy Birthday to your lovely daughter.

    08/02/12
    8:01 pm
    Lisa said...

    My pleasure. xoxox.

  • 07/28/12
    8:46 am

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    Highland Fashionista said...

    Lovely, just lovely.

  • 07/28/12
    8:52 am

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    Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

    Happy birthday to your lovely daughter. I happen to know that She has a great mom.
    Sam

  • 07/28/12
    9:10 am

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    HHH said...

    Happy birthday to you both!

    07/28/12
    9:15 am
    Flo said...

    Yes, to you BOTH indeed. And thanks to “the redhead” for permitting us to view this gorgeous photo, such grace!

  • 07/28/12
    9:33 am

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    RoseAG said...

    Do you support a local ballet?

    When we were at the Lincoln Center last month they were selling beat-up looking pointe shoes to patrons. The buyers did not look like they’d be putting them on to dance themselves.

    Perhaps yours could go to support a good cause.

  • 07/28/12
    9:47 am

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    kathy said...

    Congratulations to you both. Such an elegant photo and she’s obviously a very talented dancer. Beautiful. Made me all a little teary, to read such a loving tribute, as my daughter is getting married in a month – where did all the time go?

  • 07/28/12
    10:27 am

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    hostessofthehumblebungalow said...

    She looks so graceful in that pose and I love her red hair, it is the same shade as my grand daughter Isla’s.
    Happy Birthday to your daughter!
    My sister is celebrating her birthday today as well.

  • 07/28/12
    10:39 am

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    Susan Tiner said...

    My comment disappeared so I’m trying again. Your daughter looks beautiful and strong and I think I detect a definite point of view. Well done Lisa. And Happy Birthday to your honey pie.

  • 07/28/12
    11:06 am

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    Jessica said...

    Do I see a striking similarity? Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter, and well, to you too… I do believe that we ought to celebrate our children’s Birthdays… sometimes, after all, we ought to be commended for surviving another year! :)

  • 07/28/12
    11:07 am

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    pve said...

    I now know why my mother has kept my bag of point shoes.
    Happy Birthday to your 25 year old baby. They are always our babies.
    pve

  • 07/28/12
    11:38 am

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    mette said...

    Turning 25 is something special; 1/4 a century, imagine.
    Nevertheless I´m sending your daughter and you my warmest Birthday Greetings!
    What a lovely picture of your lovely daughter.

  • 07/28/12
    11:51 am

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    Parnassus said...

    She seems to favor you. Congratulations to both.
    –Road to Parnassus

  • 07/28/12
    12:03 pm

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    Mags said...

    Melting over here… You are the best Mom EVER! So sweet :)

  • 07/28/12
    12:14 pm

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    BarbaraG said...

    Happy Birthday to you of beauty and grace–and new shoes.
    BarbaraG

  • 07/28/12
    12:23 pm

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    Candace Dye said...

    Happy Birthday to your gorgeous redhead filled with grace and poise! Happy Birthday Celebration to you! Xo

  • 07/28/12
    1:38 pm

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    (not that) Joan said...

    Lovely picture, lovely post. Best wishes to the Birthday Girl!

  • 07/28/12
    3:31 pm

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    Aleatha said...

    Lovely photo, and lovely thoughts. Happy birthday to your daughter, and congratulations to you! As it happens, today is my birthday too, so I think it’s an excellent and auspicious day to be born. Many happy returns!

    08/02/12
    7:58 pm
    Lisa said...

    Happy Birthday!

  • 07/28/12
    3:31 pm

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    Jane said...

    I imagine you are both so lucky to have one another.

    Happy Birthday to you two.

    Not fall from the tree that beautiful apple.

    xo Jane

  • 07/28/12
    3:52 pm

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    smr said...

    Im also the mother of a redhead. Not into the arts unfortunately.

    08/02/12
    7:58 pm
    Lisa said...

    But you know, red heads:).

  • 07/28/12
    6:35 pm

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    the gardeners cottage said...

    what a gorgeous photo of your daughter lisa.

    happy birthday to her!

  • 07/28/12
    6:47 pm

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    Terri said...

    I love the photo of your daughter in motion and her evident grace. Happy birthday to you both.

  • 07/28/12
    7:47 pm

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    A Southern Preppy said...

    My daughter turns 18 this October and will leave for college next fall. I’m feeling nostalgic and a little sad about the whole thing. I like reading that there are other mommies out there who hold onto things…just in case.

  • 07/29/12
    5:18 am

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    DaniBP said...

    Happy Birthday to your daughter and to you. She is beautiful.

  • 07/29/12
    5:44 am

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    The Style Crone said...

    Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter. My daughter was also a dancer, which took her to NY with a scholarship to Fordham University with the Alvin Ailey Dance School. It was an intense experience, and after graduation she was soon ‘burned out.’ It’s difficult to pay the rent as a dancer!

    08/02/12
    7:55 pm
    Lisa said...

    Yes, I can only imagine.

  • 07/29/12
    8:30 am

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    Dawn said...

    I just love that picture. Such grace!

  • 07/29/12
    9:55 am

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    Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

    Happy Birthday to your daughter!

  • 07/29/12
    1:16 pm

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    Ida said...

    Wishing your beautiful daughter on her special day….Many Happy Returns of the day.Ida

  • 07/29/12
    1:45 pm

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    Laura Tringali Holmes said...

    Using everything one knows to be a mom…that hits home. I work the same way. When my daughter moved to the other coast, I ordered six pairs of red shoes online and had them delivered to her office as a surprise. I come to red shoes later in life and was delighted to be ble to give my girl a shortcut.

    08/02/12
    7:55 pm
    Lisa said...

    Lovely.

  • 07/29/12
    6:19 pm

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    Julia said...

    She is beautiful. I hope it was a wonderful day for both of you.

  • 07/29/12
    9:18 pm

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    Tracie said...

    Happy birthday to your daughter and happy birth-day to you!

  • 07/30/12
    2:59 am

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    Beth Dunn said...

    So cute, Happy Birthday to your daughter! Love more than very much is such a sweet way to say it
    xoxo
    SC

  • 07/30/12
    9:47 am

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    Patsy said...

    Happy Belated Birthday! Hope it was magical!

  • 08/02/12
    8:27 am

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    Lisa said...

    Thank you everyone! So much!

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