Sara Cotner

Happy Birthday, My Love

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You hold Henry
in the incandescent overhead light
as dawn peaks through our windows. 
He's holding onto you like a baby chimp; 
his little paws clasping your back
and his legs wrapped around you
as tight as two carpentry clamps. 

Swaying back-and-forth, 
like you did when they were babies. 
Swaying, kissing his cheeks, and swaying
Repeat.

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They only know a mother  
who is present. 
They only know a mother  
who helps their tears go away. 
A mama bird protecting her chicks
from that crazy bald eagle. 


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Exhausted,  
I don't appreciate you enough. 
And, 
when I do
I appreciate you  
too much. 

You are a genius.
You made this happen  
[I point all around me] 
in spite of me
always going over my allowance.

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You are
my five-star
life hacker app
that was activated
that first day we met: 
course-correcting my worst instincts
tempering my anxiety
and showing me
my potential. 

God only knows where we'd be without you. 

You are so loved.

2017 Recap Video - Part 1

Every year I put together a family recap video and, typically, it's about 5-minutes long and has a bunch of weird and wacky stuff from the year. 

This year was quite a bit different. We were ridiculously fortunate to go on some major, major family outings and I wasn't satisfied with just a 5-minute video. So, I divided up our video into two different segment, the second being released later this week (Part 2 can be found here). 

Stars of this video include, Hank, Tank, Sara, our bloodhound Hoss, Uncle John, Theo, Noah, and Jimbo. I really, really hope that you like it!

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