Happy birthday though 9

My husband gets on my nerves and then I swerve
Wanting to be right up under him
Keep him near
Cause he’s the sweetest man, the funniest man, the one I hold dear
Until – I can’t stand him again

Did he second guess me?
Did he just try to check me?
Did he really just say that?
Did he walk into my office and interrupt?
He did and he’ll do it again
I’ll roll my eyes, count to ten…
The couple dance never ends.

I love our conversations that happen spontaneously
We pontificate, we relate, and sometimes we hate (the craziness of this world)
One night recently we stayed up ‘til two: revisiting, sharing,
Discovering anew.

Did you know that I know I sometimes get on your nerves?
Then all is okay; we round the curve.
I love you and am so delighted that you’ve gained another trip around the sun
Being quarantined with you has been scary and a degree beyond fun.
We’ve partnered, we’ve gathered in…
The home we’ve created together, the spaces apart and shared
Makes me so delighted we’re paired.

All of this to say
Happy Birthday, dear Tessil, Happy birthday to you
And many more.

Birthday lunch 2020


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About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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