Today is my Granddaughter, Eva's 13th birthday. That's a big one; she's entering into her teenage years. I feel especially close to Eva. We often go for long walks and sit by the Saugatuck River drinking coffee and solving the world's problems. So here are some verses I wrote to celebrate all of that. It's so much fun being Eva's "Baba." For Eva I have cherished brave Eva From the day She was born. We’ve been friends from that moment Through rose and sharp thorn. We’ve walked miles together In sun, showers, and snow In deep conversation Whenever we go. Sitting hard by the river Eating cheese and egg sandies And donuts From "Coffee an’" Sweet as Halloween candies. We talk about school And “Democracy Now.” We discuss what we’ve written, How to follow the Tao. We talk about Life And its meanings so deep About New Worlds, Marx, and Malcolm. That make our minds leap To conclusions unexpected With insights brand-new. Eva learns from her Baba. Baba learns from her too. Now she’s turning 13 Entering teenage at last. I just can’t believe Life is passing that fast. But I’m confident Eva Will serve the world well. She’ll write books That will change it And save it from hell. She’s a philosopher you see She’s a lover of truth (A grammar snob also But never uncouth.) So, Eva, let me tell you At this age of 13 Just how much I love you. You’re the best girl I’ve seen. God’s blessings upon you. Be safe, happy, protected. Be loved by your friends. Be never rejected Because your heart is so pure. Your thoughts are so clear. That’s why we all love you And hold you so dear. That’s specially true for Baba Your companion and friend Your grandpa who’ll protect you Till his own life shall end. And beyond that I promise For our hearts have been blended From your moment of birth. Love like ours Can’t be ended! Happy birthday, dearest Eva!!