Wednesday, September 25, 2013

My Mother's Birthday

My mom dancing with my twin brother at her grand-daughter's wedding in June
Today is my mother's birthday, but I'm not allowed to tell you how old she is. She is keeping her age a secret from the "inmates" at the Assisted Living facility. She likes to keep them guessing. Mostly they guess her to be younger than she is. She loves that. It makes her very happy.

My older brother who will be eligible for Medicare in November told me if I'm getting my nails and hair done as regularly as our mom does when I get to be her age, he'll be impressed. I laugh, I tell him, "I don't even do that now. I've never had my nails done, and I get my hair cut once every six months, if I remember." I must be older than she is already!

I told my mother, if she tells her friends at the facility that her eldest son is going to be 65 soon, she'll have to tell them she had him when she was ten. We laugh and laugh. She likes to be young. It's good for her in every way.

I was born old. It's true. It happens to some people. Here's a random story that illustrates my ancient qualities. When I started kindergarten I wrote a poem everyday and asked the teacher if I could read it to the class. She said "yes" everyday. One of my poems began like this: Now that I am old.

I absolutely love my mother's vitality and passion for life. She reads books on her Kindle. She checks her Facebook account on her laptop. She loves watching the Dodgers and the Clippers play. She loves to dance. She plays the Word Jumble every morning, and most of the time she guesses the words before I do. I think if she were to write a poem today, it might begin like this: I can't believe I'm still this young.

Happy birthday to my amazing and inspiring mother. I know why Dad fell in love with you. I love you.

28 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to a lady who is living life like we all should. Hope her Dodgers win it all. She can thank my team for Hanley and Ricky.
    Don't suppose you have any of your early poems we could enjoy?

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  2. Happy birthday to your mom. Lovely that she gets such joy from life. That's a true gift.

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  3. Dave-- My mom is keeping her age a very well-guarded secret!

    Arkansas Patti-- My mom wants those Dodgers to win it all. She'll be delighted that you do too.

    I wish I had my early poems. Even the one I mentioned was inadvertently tossed out during one of my many moves with my first husband.

    Rain-- She's really quite a role model.

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  4. Happy birthday to your mom! She and my mom seem to have plenty in common - both are going concerns.

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  5. Happy birthday to your mom...I admire her from afar, through your descriptions...she's a spectacular woman, full of life and energy!

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  6. Happy birthday to your mother. You're both lucky.

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  7. Roger-- She adores you too!

    Bev-- I love knowing that our moms are similar in that way.

    John-- My mom really has quite a presence. She's going to love reading these comments!

    Mark P-- Thank you for those very kind words.

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  8. Oh, your mother is a role model for sure. And when you get to be her age you can also have facials, manicures and the works just as often. Happy Birthday to a woman who knows how to live.

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  9. Hope they give her a great party there.

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  10. I'll head over to her FB page and wish her a happy one. What makes her even more amazing, to me, is that she has overcome adversity and STILL thrives. She inspires me!

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  11. Happy Birthday to mom!! More power to her.

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  12. NCMountainwoman-- Yes, my mom really does know how to live. You summed it up perfectly.

    Phil-- I think they will recognize her in some way today. They really do like her and notice her presence.

    Tara-- I have a pic of you and my mom sitting on the couch together in the living room. I love knowing that you two know each other.

    Kenju-- Yes! Thank you for that.

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  13. Since I read books on my Kindle, check my Facebook account on my iPad, love to dance, and play the Jumble every morning, does that mean I'm old but think I'm young, or that I'm just "young"? I feel like I was born old, too, Roger.

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  14. Scott-- Good question! I think it means that you are a part of your generation. Although, it could mean that you are old, but think young. Roger was not born old, he just got that way by time spent on the planet. I, on the other hand, am the younger ancient one!

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  15. Happy Birthday to your youthful mother! Love the photo of her dancing at the wedding in June. Now I am remembering about your father's dancing shoes and the love that is passed from generation to generation in your family. Thank you for letting us join in the celebration.

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  16. Happy Birthday, Robin's mama! I know what you mean about hairstyles, manicures, etc. My mother and daughters are much more into that than me. I'm the odd one!

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  17. am-- Your memory is profoundly touching to me. I didn't make that connection when I wrote the post. Thank you for reminding me and for your lovely birthday wishes.

    Annie-- I think the last time I had a "hairstyle" was in junior high. I just part my hair down the middle and let it grow.

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    1. Had to laugh about the hairstyle! I've had a buzz cut for 67 years and would probably freak if I had enough hair to brush.

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    2. karmanot-- Send me a pic of you with your buzz cut, I need to see it!

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  18. Hope your mother has had a great birthday and has lots more too. My mother made it to 90 and was volunteering at various jobs until nearly the end of her life. I hope I am so lucky. (Somehow birthdays come a lot more often as one gets older.)

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  19. Ontario Wanderer-- Thank you so much for your kind wishes. We are lucky to have such good role models for aging with both grace and vigor.

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  20. Happy Birthday to your awesome mom, Robin. I feel like I know her through your writing. She and your Dad raised a wonderful family. I'm glad she's enjoying life and making the most of it! lindaj

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  21. linda j-- Thank you so much for you very kind words. I know you know what it means to really love your parents.

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  22. Happy Birthday to your mom! She sounds like a great lady.

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  23. Pat-- Thank you for your good wishes. She really is a great lady and a wonderful mom.

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