Tiptoe quietly on this
pause for a moment to survey
all the new beginnings around
for you are a young woman today.
Breathe deeply the air that
reach upwards to touch a star.
Remember the past with its
pleasures and pain --
the things which have made you
what you are.
Hold fast to all the good
take stock of the difficult
trials and tears,
for they build strength, not
the endurances of all your past
This new world is sprinkled with
it's the beginning of a
Hold in your hands the sands of
then step boldly forward to find
Let the fears and anxieties and
sieve through your fingers and
onto that which is good and
and life will reward you a
Think of yourself and often of
understand we all have our
burdens to bear,
that sometimes may affect you
but lend a hand and try to share
their burdens, for this is life.
Shrug off the temptations that
may harm you;
wear a smile instead of a tear.
Take lightly the things that
and you're sure to experience a
very good year.
So pause for a while on this new
look upward and glimpse God's
Know that He is there to guide
and is willing to show you your
Remember there are many who love
let that sustain you through
Go forward with faith, hope, and
and happiness I know you will
Now, sometimes I look back and
a sweet little girl I used to
but today I know, like the sands
those years have sieved through
my fingers --
Happy Birthday, my daughter who
is 18 years old!
Copyright © 1971 Ruth
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