Ode to my 5-year old girl

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Most of what I remember on October 1, 2007 was walking around my neighborhood in endless circles, hoping to feel some strong contractions coming soon.

You took your time, little one, to come to the world.

But when you came … it was like a freight train hit me. A sure sign of what was to come.

As my life heated up, you kept your even keel. No matter what was happening around you, you were full of smiles.

You loved your family. And felt the warmth and strength of your heritage.

You savored the little things.

And felt the beauty of nature around you.

Your bond with your brother grew strong.


You grew.

Your heart grew.

Your art grew.

Your power grew.

And your spirit grew.

Now, on the day of your birth, five years later, I can only say:

Thank you for choosing me.

You bring me joy, medicine and strength.

I love you.

Happy birthday Angela Rose.

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22 Responses to “Ode to my 5-year old girl”

  1. Lana says:

    Specialness celebrated! May her beauty be the way of the world.

  2. Val says:

    Ohhh, the world is so blessed to have both of you!

  3. Allison says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your gratitude. Such good reminders to be present with our gifts. Her light and yours help all of us.

  4. What a great birthday greeting from mom to daughter. The love and energy in this is palpable.
    May you and your family have an awesome celebration of life.

  5. Jennifer says:

    I don’t know why, but I always cry — with joy — when I see pictures of your children. This doesn’t happen with just “any old” child (they’re all incredible, aren’t they?

  6. Patricia says:

    just a few days late from me 🙂

    A very happy birthday to your daughter from the other side of the world 🙂

    My first child is also 5 years old and every of your words struck a chord deep inside my heart 🙂

    Patricia, Switzerland

  7. Oh, I LOVED this piece, Pam. She is so beautiful and I love the two of them together. Happy birthday, little one. Jen

  8. Henry says:

    How touching. I know you are so proud of her :-J

  9. Kit Brown-Hoekstra says:

    Hard to believe it’s been 5 years already! What a beautiful spirit! Many blessings on you and yours.

  10. faisal says:

    Happy birthday Angela 😉

  11. Deb says:

    <3 Lucky you…Lucky her <3

  12. Amy says:

    Your children are beautiful, Pam. I was born in Tulsa and spent part of my childhood around Cherokee and Creek family. I love seeing photos of your beautiful family, including hubby. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Fred says:


    I loved seeing these pictures: your daughter is adorable. It is crazy how fast time flies.

    Your friend,

  14. I’m not crying. Nope.

    May everyone who ever is or ever was a child be seen and loved like that. If not blessed with a mother like you, then healed by all encompassing love at some time in their lives.

    • Pamela Slim says:

      I love that sentiment. I am lucky enough to have felt unconditional love from my parents. Just passing it on. We all need it, and we can all give it. Love to you.

  15. Adriene Rockwell says:

    Oh Pam, that’s just beautiful. You speak to all mothers through this post. I especially love the photo of all of you meditating together, and Rosie finding her power. You’re some mama.

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  17. Rhiannon says:

    My mother’s heart stretches out and embraces both of you in love. <3