My Valentine Tribute: Happy Birthday!

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My Valentine Gift

The past few days have been a roller coaster of fun that I’ve enjoyed with my special blogger friends, T. Wayne  from A Joyful Process and Lady G  from seekthebestblog  spreading love and hoping that those who participated all had a great time along with us.

It’s not too late to check out each of our blogs to look for that special song that you might want to use for a special occasion with your loved ones. In addition we’re excited that other bloggers joined in and made the circle of love even bigger.

Today though, I want to pay special tribute to my daughter who is celebrating her 22nd birthday . I couldn’t have asked for a greater Valentine gift which gives us reason to share the love everyday. 1995, the year that she was born, was also the beginning of what we called our Born Free Generation. She was born a year after our first democratically elected  black President was sworn in – the famous,nobel prize winning giant most of you will know as President Nelson Mandela. Being born free meant that she has many freedoms which I didn’t enjoy while growing up. Liberties which we now take for granted like frequenting the same beaches, movies,living and marrying across colour lines and most importantly having a vote.

Archive Photos of Nelson Mandela
Our late President Mandela casting his first vote in 1994

So this tribute is an expression of my gratitude not only for my special Valentine gift but also to my baby being born free. Of course we are never totally free but I’m proud that she has not had to carry the baggage of our past but rather, contribute positively to the future. Since music is the food of life in our household, I will let the music speak. Her favourite song as a child was Bill Wither’s Lovely Day:

Of course she has a mind of her own and these are now her favourite songs:

                        HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY LOVE!!!

Clearly, her choice of music is different from mine, but we have this one in common:

A collaboration between our very own DJ Black Coffee and Alicia Keys

There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. Nelson `Mandela