July 6th


Do I seem older and wiser to you? More mature and aware of my place in the world? Could this possibly be because I turned 26 on Tuesday?


I raced up to Elmwood the day before to meet my mom for two nights of mother/daughter bonding. We canoed, baked pies, star gazed, napped and hung around the red chair for longer than appropriate. We sweated and swam and swatted mosquitoes.

I ceremoniously dug out this little book that belonged to my great great grandmother Ella called The Floral Birthday Book. It's from the 1880s and has a corresponding flower and poem for each day of the year.



July 6th (my very special birthday) is the iris which apparently means "I have a message for you". Funnily enough, I do have a message for you.

I think you're really smart and funny and wonderful and I can't wait to spend my 26th year with you. (In a metaphysical way, at least).



39 comments:

  1. That is a sweet poem. To be 26 again {sigh}. Sincerely wishing you a wonderful 26th year on earth. XO from a stranger in internet world.

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  2. the happiest of happy days for you! sounds like it was an excellent way to spend your birthday.

    -mia x

    PS: irises are my favourite!

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  3. a-ha! i suspected as much! did you get my bday text? happy happy bday! i think elmwood doesn't have great cell reception?

    lovely appropriate bday book!

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  4. wonderful book,and 26 was my my favorite year!

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  5. What a delightfully unique and odd book! Happy belated birthday!

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  6. Oh, Happy Birthday! July 6th is my birthday too! I knew I felt a special affinity to your blog and writing when I first stumbled upon it and now I know why. In the rare instances I find out someone has the same birthday as I, it makes me truly happy. I hope you had a lovely day!

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  7. wow, i've been reading your blog for a while and now find that we have the EXACT same birthday! i turned 26 on tuesday, too. friday children.

    happy birthday!

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  8. ...Well Happy Belated Birthday to you! It sounds like you had a perfect day... :o)

    ...Gosh, 26, so many moons ago. :o| I love that book too. I would love to just sit and read each page of that, I love stuff like that... ;o)

    ...Belated Birthday Blessings... :o)

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  9. happy happy birthday! you honestly do seem quite wise for your age, dear.i thought you were much older! sounds like you had an amazing day!

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  10. We also share birthdays -- but sadly not years. What a lovely book and poem!

    Happy birthday!

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  11. That has to be the sweetest book! And that it has been in your family, even sweeter still! Happy Birthday- a few days late.

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  12. Happy birthday!
    Sounds like you had the best time :)
    The book seems so lovely! old books are my favorite :)

    P.S.
    I LOVE your blog! always so interesting, charming and witty!

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  13. Happy Birthday! Cancers are the best - I'm one too ;)

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  14. Happy belated birthday! Your blog is still my number one favourite!

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  15. Oh happy birthday!
    Your Mother sounds wonderful - such lovely things to do together :)

    Oh, and I have a daughter named Iris :))) X

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  16. Happy Birthday! What a beautiful book.

    I've written you before about your "Living in" pieces and after reading a bit about you in Body & Soul I just have to encourage you to see "Greencard". Even though I don't know you I have a feeling you would like it (?). Someone has downloaded the entire movie on youtube so in case you're bored one day...

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  17. This post is so sweet. Happy birthday! I'm glad you and your mom got to celebrate. Sounds fun.

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  18. Happy Birthday! And please do spend your next year with us. We are so very glad when you do.

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  19. Happy Birthday, Beauty!

    The time spent with your mother sounds so special. My mother is coming for a 2 day visit this week (it's been over six months since I have seen her), and I am so looking forward to getting up to some similar bonding activities.

    Have a great weekend.

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  20. I am SO SO happy to have three (THREEE!!!) birthday twins in the comments. Cancer females really take the cake, yes?

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  21. MMMMmmm....I was just thinking, "Sounds just like a Cancer." (And here I find several more!) I knew there was something I liked about you. What a sweet book and poem.

    From, June 28

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  22. Selamat Ulang Tahun,...!
    [It's 'happy birthday' in Indonesian language]
    WIsh you all the best, Ms. Merrick...
    = )

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  23. Happy birthday!!! What amazing book!!
    I want one of that!
    L.-

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  24. What a wonderful book ! And happy floral birthday !

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  25. The history that the book has is uh-mazing! I had a lovely book filled with art from the 1800's as well and my grandfather thought it was trash and threw it away. I was upset at him for almost a year. Cherish your lovely book :) And keep it in a safe place.

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  26. Happy Late Birthday!! That books is absolutely amazing. What a gem!

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  27. Happy birthday! So much wisdom for such a youngster!

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  28. lovely shots of a lovely book. happy day.

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  29. Belated, but happy birthday! Hope the year is fantastic!

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  30. You share a birthday with our daughter who just turned 25. Ironically, my wife recently took up Chinese brush art and just this weekend mastered the strokes required to brush stroke beautiful iris flowers. I'd love to send one to you. Where might I send it.

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  31. Okay, I'm dying to pore over that book. Gimme gimme! Please?

    Happy happy belated online birthday wishes!!

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  32. Happy birthday! (No internet in the backlava of Iceland!)

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  33. Happy Birthday! Mine is the 7th (my most favorite and lucky number). I'm going to have to ebay search for one of those books!!! I hope you had a wonderful day and the very best new year!

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  34. I just turned 26 on July 5 - glad I'm in such good company! I think this is going to be a good year...

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  35. WOW THAT BOOK! cherish that one for ever, I would pay zillions to see it.

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  36. An epistolary birthday iris.
    Sigh. I would expect nothing less.

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