Friday Fictioneers: On The Day You Were Born

This Tuesday I will fly to New York City and accept an award from BlogHer as a Voices of the Year, 2015. I’ll get to meet lots of other bloggers and enjoy a few days in a great city. From there I’ll spend a few days with family and friends, and a few ghosts. And then, then…. the icing on the sweetest cake possible: I fly to Israel to become a grammy. My little girl will have her first baby, and I can think of little else. When I saw this photo, I knew just where I’d go. As always, honest, constructive feedback is welcome.

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly flash fiction challenge, which draws in writers from all over the world. Visit Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog Addicted to Purple to join in or read more stories.

© Stephen Baum

© Stephen Baum

On The Day You Were Born

As I wipe her forehead, and stroke her sweaty hair, I remember the moment I first held my daughter. Her mop of dark hair was shocking, and gorgeous; her tiny face– the most amazing thing I’d ever seen.

I watch my baby breathe and push, breathe and push, preparing to meet her own child, and my heart swells and bursts–– sending glittery joy all around.

Sweet baby: come toward the light. Join this circle of love. There’s a spot right here in the middle, with your name on it. I can’t wait to hold you close. Come toward the light.

(100 words)

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About Dawn Quyle Landau

Mother, Writer, treasure hunter, aging red head, and sushi lover. This is my view on life, "Straight up, with a twist––" because life is too short to be subtle! Featured blogger for Huffington Post, and followed on Twitter by LeBron James– for reasons beyond my comprehension.
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74 Responses to Friday Fictioneers: On The Day You Were Born

  1. Valery says:

    Love this! Got me all misty-eyed! Such an amazing journey!

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  3. Where’s that tissue? What a sweet, sweet story. Many happy days come before you, enjoy the most of it.


  4. any time in NYC Thurs? email me. xo
    so exciting,congrats on the award.


    • Thanks so much Lisa! Thursday is totally full! The conference is all day all night hoopla, with nary a moment to explore! I’m spending Wednesday with my niece and nephew and Sunday night with a childhood BFF, and there goes my entire stay! The good news is that we love NYC and I will be back! AND, you need to see this part of the country! 🙂


  5. Dear Dawn,

    Beautiful, simply beautiful. Congrats on the award and upon becoming savta.

    Safe travels and shalom,


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  6. Jan Brown says:

    Congratulations, bith on the award and on your new status as grandmother! The story is a wonderful celebration of life.

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  7. Lovely! and such exciting days ahead. congrats on the BlogHer award – would love to be there at the same time !!


  8. rgayer55 says:

    Wow, you’re on a roll, Dawn. Congrats on the award and even more so on the grandchild. We certainly enjoy ours. Loved the story. Beautifully told.

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  9. storydivamg says:

    Congratulations–most of all on the soon-coming bundle of joy, but also on your blogging success. A little nit to note: I think you left of the final “e” in breathe a couple time. 😉

    Best wishes and safety to you in your travels.

    Marie Gail

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    • Eek! I’ll go back and check that MG; thanks! (and you left off the f in off 😉 ) I hate when I post something; it gets read by y’all and then I find out I had typos! Argh. I always appreciate your thoughtful, good eye! Thanks for having my back. xo

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      • storydivamg says:

        Oops! I’m sorry about that. There’s nothing more embarrassing than proofreading someone else’s work and leaving a typo in the comments. *blushes*

        I wouldn’t worry too much about a typo or two in your blog, Dawn. I only mentioned this because I knew you would rather fix it than leave it. I’ve been having a terrible time with typos recently, and I would always rather a reader point them out then let me carry on, oblivious, while others point and laugh. It’s like the blogging version of toilet paper on the bottom of my shoe.

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  10. Beautiful story, Dawn. Congratulations once more and blessings on you, your family, and your daughter’s family, especially on your daughter and your expected grandchild. 🙂 — Suzanne


  11. The total experience summed up in 100 beautiful words. A teary happy read. 😊
    Have a great trip and return safely. Looking forward to all of your new news.
    Congratulations !!!!
    Isadora 😊❤️

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  12. jlouisemac says:

    Congrats on your award and enjoy your exploring


  13. Excellent piece. It’s always better when it comes from the heart.. And many congratulations 😉

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  14. gahlearner says:

    That’s a lovely celebration of family. Congrats to your award and to becoming a grammy.


  15. Amy Reese says:

    Oh, what a joyous beginning! Congrats to you and your grandchild. How exciting and what a great story for the prompt!!


  16. jgroeber says:

    Such exciting things! A beautiful post, an amazing grand baby coming, a super award, all for a dear Mama. You go, friend!!


  17. Gorgeous, all the way around.


  18. Beautifully told. You really explained a deep feeling that mother has for daughter and the joy that a grandchild will bring. Congratulations on your award but particularly on becoming a grandma.


  19. Sandra says:

    Such a beautiful take on the prompt. Hope all goes well.


  20. Mike Lince says:

    Congratulations,Dawn! First, for being aptly recognized for your writing at BlogHer. Second, for preparing to experience the greatest reward of parenting — becoming a grandparent! Your grandchild will one day discover how lucky he/she is to have your love and caring to nurture and support him/her. – Mike


    • Thanks Mike. I hope that I’ll be able to share that with this baby… the distance is daunting, but something tells me I’ll be racking up air miles! Such an exciting time, and such a wonderful club I get to join. I’ve gotten to learn from Masters, my friend. I will be reading by Skype too! 😉 xo

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  21. That’s a great prayer you’ve written. Lovely.


  22. Wonderful Dawn! And, even more so since you will be welcoming your grandbaby soon!


  23. ahtdoucette says:

    A beautiful, and timely, response to the prompt. Aww.. 🙂 Congrats on your achievements and safe travels!


  24. Norma says:

    Excellent writing, Dawn. Congrats for the award and becoming a granny. Have a safe journey and many happy days ahead. 🙂


  25. Jan Wilberg says:

    Look forward to meeting you at BlogHer!


  26. ansumani says:

    Congratulations on the new arrival. If all the babies born in the world were welcomed with so much love, the world would be heaven . Beautiful story.


  27. liz young says:

    This is lovely and rings a thousand bells! I have two new granddaughters born this year – one in England and one in Canada. Congratulations on yours. It’s an amazing feeling, isn’t it?

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  28. That’s really beautiful, Dawn. Congratulations on the award too. Enjoy NYC. 🙂


  29. Margaret says:

    You’ve captured the joy of welcoming a new baby superbly in your story. Congratulations on the new grandchild, too. My eldest had a birthday this week, and reading your story has set me remembering her arrival all over again.

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  30. micklively says:

    Concrete birth canal?
    Good piece.


  31. hbksloss says:

    Sweet and poetic and lovely. Have a great time in NYC and Israel!



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