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Saint Cecilia
Saint Cecilia

Saint Cecilia. The patron saint of music. I pictured my unborn daughter as a college student casually strumming a guitar at a party. I imagined her singing a solo in her elementary school play, wowing the crowd with her otherworldly voice. Not that I would be disappointed if none of these scenarios came to fruition, but they were nice daydreams to get me through my weekly faculty meetings. Then Cecilia was born, and for a moment, it seemed as if all of those dreams were at once so much more important than I had ever realized, and at the same time hopelessly and irretrievably lost. I was sad, both for my daughter and for myself, at the thought that she wouldn’t get to experience these musical moments, and more generally, I wondered about the connection she and I would have. Then, slowly, it happened. I began to realize that Cecilia was already musically gifted and that the spirit of her namesake was indeed already working within her. It sounds trite, but she really has taught my heart to sing with more fervor and pride than I could ever have thought possible. Each morning when I greet her for the day, her smile fills my soul with the happiest tune you could ever imagine, and every evening, when I see her inch closer to the next milestone, I can’t help but cheer her on with a little melody. Cecilia is herself an instrument, and she manifests her music in love, inspiration and understanding. Saint Cecilia. The patron saint of music.

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Virginia Denham, United States, MO
1/25/2013 1:00:14 AM
A beautiful tribute to a child who has brought her own kind of love with her. Her mother has discovered that she is unique and wonderful as all children are, and each day she brings her own wonder as she experiences this world.

Cindy Costanza, United States, CO
1/24/2013 8:24:07 PM
Your love for Cecilia is conveyed so beautifully in your words. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Mary Messamore, United States, KS
1/23/2013 7:18:27 PM
Beautiful little one.

Nicole Taylor, United States, KS
1/23/2013 4:39:51 PM
Beautiful story of a child who has touched the lives of so many people!

Kathryn S. Cary, United States, TX
1/23/2013 12:33:57 PM
So very beautiful!

Jamie Matile, United States, KS
1/23/2013 10:34:43 AM
What a beautiful story and an inspiration to others! I know Aunt Dina is very proud of Cecilia also!

HEIDI KNOTTS, United States, KS
1/23/2013 10:11:55 AM
what a beautiful and inspirational story!

Michelle Crowell, United States, KS
1/23/2013 9:52:49 AM

Debbie Sanford, United States, KS
1/23/2013 7:33:25 AM
Cecelia was blessed to be born into this family. Your thoughts and words dance - they tug at my heart strings.

Jacqueline K. King, United States, OK
1/23/2013 1:13:41 AM
Spoken straight from your heart. Your baby girl will forever smile, knowing that she is blessed with such a beautiful Mother, Father, and family.

Kevin Neal, United States, KS
1/22/2013 11:56:59 PM
An Absolute heartfelt description of the love you have for your beautiful, Cecelia. She is truly adorable and brings smiles to the faces of everyone I've seen hold her, if only via the pictures shown on facebook. I know Cecelia is aware of the love she is receiving from SO MANY people. Congratulations to you both, and thank you for sharing your innermost thoughts.

Joyce Schmitz, United States, KS
1/22/2013 11:37:34 PM
Beautiful story!

Kathleen Rohloff, United States, KS
1/22/2013 3:57:06 PM
Wonderful story. Cecelia is lucky to have such a great Mom!

Cheryl Hayes, United States, KS
1/22/2013 12:43:39 PM
Wow, very well said and very moving.

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