• Bespoke Poems 23 April 2013 | View comments

  • Happy 9th Birthday Ellie

    Almost nine years ago, a miracle did occur,

    I gave birth to a brown eyed girl with dark brown hair.

    I’ll never forget the moment when Steve told me,

    I expected a blonde, blue-eyed boy you see!

    As it happens, it was a blessing she was pink,

    Because the boy had been nick-named Haggis (which would have stuck I think!).


    Our world from then on was about our beautiful Ellie Rose,

    So when Alder Hey told us at eight weeks, we literally froze.

    Ellie had a dysplastic hip and needed treatment that night,

    Each anaesthetic we held our breath and each other oh so tight.

    During these months, our hearts broke and we shed many a tear,

    As we watched our daughter grow and were consumed with fear.

    We anticipated Ellie’s first birthday with all we could be,

    Her cast would come off and her legs would be free.

    Our prayers were answered, we took our baby home with us,

    We could cuddle her close again and make such a fuss.

    There was no-one as grateful to Mr Bruce as Steve and I,

    And eight months later, Ellie gave walking a try!


    As soon as she could walk, then she could dance,

    Next step was dancing school, taking a big chance.

    She was only two and three months old,

    But she loved it and it helped her squished up feet unfold.

    From then on, dancing is what she liked to do best,

    Performing on stage, putting her nerves (and mine) to the test.

    Ballet and Jazz and tap and modern too,

    Shoes after shoes after shoes as she grew.

    She could read aged three, our clever little girl,

    She loved Peppa Pig, her little ‘fellas’, even gave gymnastics a whirl.


    I remember her first haircut (which was a disaster),

    She loved her family, the park oh and lots of pasta.

    We remember our holidays to America, Italy and Spain,

    She loved swimming and WATCHING the disco - every night the same -

    Kids Club every morning for Ellie - oh and dad -

    Who had to watch her, as mum was paranoid about anything bad.


    She started St Pauls and St Timothy’s Infant School at age 4,

    Not long after, at home time, when the teacher opened the door,

    She said “Mrs Moore, Ellie has had a lovely birthday in School today,

    The children sang happy birthday and she had extra play”.

    When I told Miss that her birthday was several months away,

    She looked confused - then it sank in -  Ellie learned to fib that day!


    She fibs about lots of things you see,

    Some that we understand but some like what she had for tea!

    We went to Parent’s evening at School one day,

    We listened to her teacher, then noticed her tray.

    The name she had written on it was Ellie Rose Ruby Gardiner Moore,

    All her work the same name, added Ruby Gardiner, heaven knows what for!

    She’s a daydreamer, a loyal friend and is growing up too soon,

    I want to put books on her head, wrap her in cotton wool and continue to sing her favourite nursery rhyme tune.

    She is musically talented, plays piano and a little guitar, taught by my dad,

    She loves classical music and pop (some inappropriate and quite bad).

    She’s a fantastic mimic, is a wonderful big cousin to Henley,

    She is adored by her family, has a huge heart and is ever so friendly.

    Ellie Noona, Lula, Lola, Lila, Tallulah Lilac, Ellen Rose, Elles and Elle,

    You are beautiful, clever and talented and I know we’ve done well.

    And now you are a great big nine,

    Happy birthday my darling, I’m so glad you are mine!


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    Karen Rigby Created on 23/04/2013 22:52

    What a Lovely poem.   I always said you should have had a job with birthday, writing versus for their cards.  So glad you have set this business up so your brilliant talent with words is put to good use.
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