There Once Was A Girl Named Talia

My Grandma's birthday... it was always her 99th...

There once was a girl named Talia.
She was born under a full moon,
On a very special holiday called Purim,
In a leap year, in a month called Adar II.

Her early life was filled with laughter and whispers.
Tea parties, costume parties, doll parties, and Purim parties.
Nothing was ever quite normal for Talia,
Always a slight detour just out of the mainstream.

Talia embraced her unique life,
Just as soon as she figured out how.

My 18th birthday... the traditional butter on the nose.

Her journey was filled with pot holes and misleading signs.
She learned the art of retracing her steps
And paying attention to details on her journeys.

She met many characters along the way,
Some so wonderful and some very much less wonderful.
A king, a queen, a jester, 5 little princesses,
A friend, a lover, a sneaky confidante,
A car named CiCi, a ferret named Sammy Davis Jr,
A tired, washed out blankie with sage advice to share.

30th year of butter on the nose...

Along her journey, she laughed and cried copiously.
Sometimes she cried when she laughed…
More often, she laughed when she cried.
She pierced things (and often threatened to pierce more).
She tattooed things (and still threatens to tattoo more).

She made people proud.
She made people mad.
She made people wonder…

There once was a girl named Talia.
She was born under a full moon
On a very special holiday called Purim
In a leap year, in a month called Adar II.

She now fills her life with laughter but few whispers.
Yoga, photography, and writing replaced
Tea parties, costume parties, and doll parties.

Nothing will replace her Purim parties.

Nothing will ever be quite normal for Talia,
She likes to speed and swerve,
making a slight detour just out of the mainstream.

Happy 30th birthday to me.

13 Adar II, 5741

5 thoughts on “There Once Was A Girl Named Talia

  1. There once was a girl named Tali.
    Now there is a woman named Talia.
    She was born under a full moon
    On a very special holiday called Purim
    In a leap year, in a month called Adar II.

    Nothing will ever be quite normal for Talia, ordinary…
    Because Talia understands how unique, sacred and special life is.
    And so for Talia, life is about growth and growth is about risk.
    And in everything she does, she expands…even what others see as ordinary.

    There is a woman named Talia.
    She was born under a full moon
    On a very special holiday called Purim
    In a leap year, in a month called Adar II.
    Today is the day of her birth…her 30th re-birth!

    I am so honored that you chose us on your journey!
    With so much love,
    Mom

  2. In the words of the holy Mishna, one who turns thirty attains strength (Pirkei Avos 5:25). May it indeed be a year of increased strength, spiritually and materially, in all your endeavors, always going from strength to strength. Happy birthday T!

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  4. Thanks for the great share. Amazing post.

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