happy birthday to a very special woman


heart of gold

My mother turns 55 today. Since she’s my biggest fan here, I thought I’d write a little list of why I think she’s pretty awesome.


@Mom, I found this online: 

“55 carries the vibrations of adventure and versatility, curiosity, facing challenges, learning life lessons through experience, auspicious opportunities, idealism and activity, making positive life choices and important changes.” 

Given our recent chats and your new farming adventures, isn’t that exactly what you’re experiencing?


Without further ado, here are just a FEW reasons I love you! 😀

  1. You can make me laugh hysterically by recounting nearly horrific accidents you get yourself into. Like the time you tried removing a huge window pane on the front porch by yourself. You managed to break it as you pulled it down, stabbing the exact right location on your arm to pierce a small artery. While you ran throughout the house searching for the phone and spurting blood everywhere, you felt rather sheepish receiving a small band-aid after your ambulance trip. I loved laughing as you told me that story and all the other hilarious mishaps you manage to get into. I fell on my bike yesterday (and again today, believe it or not) but once I realized I was ok, I laughed my head off. Only you would understand that. 😉
  2. You have an intelligent, open mind. I love that I can talk to you about anything, and you always have something to add to it. Yet, you give advice sparingly and without judgement, letting me sort out my own problems. I cherish our chats about the world around us.
  3. You did a great job raising us kids. You had me when you were barely 18, but no matter – you raised us with enough love to energize an entire city. When I asked tough questions about life, you answered them as honestly as you felt you could, depending on how old I was (even if you couldn’t bare to tell me our pet canary died when I was four, instead saying he flew away). You always got down on my level and took my inquiries seriously.
  4. You’re a wonderful grandmother. My nephews could not have asked for a more awesome, fun-loving grandma. What other grandma is willing to crawl through tunnels and play in the dirt with her grandsons? You have endless patience for them, talking with them about whatever they want, teaching them how to garden, taking them to places of nature to play…they are three very lucky boys.
  5. You’re smart, goofy, thoughtful, kind…a great story teller…I just think you’re the most wonderful human being on the planet, and I’m grateful I get to be your daughter.

Happy 55th birthday, mom!!! 


  1. as a 55-er I can relate to the quote lol. HBD “mom”! Sweet dedication!

  2. all that and pretty too . . . she has a lucky husband . . .

    • He honestly adores her. Has from the moment he saw her, and I know because I was there when they first met. I’d got a job at a retro diner that he managed, and I begged her to come and work with me (as she was already looking for an extra side job to support us). Then I kinda begged her to go on a date with him (as I recall). He was very funny and made me laugh…looking back, they were younger than I am now! Babes in love. 😉

      • that’s great . . . I married Joyce one week after meeting her 25 years ago and we hardly have an argument all those years . . . sometimes it works, sometimes it don’t (I caught my first wife doing the deed with my best friend!!)

      • Oh noooo! 😦 how utterly heartbreaking. I’m so happy you found Joyce. Two J’s in love. J people are generally awesome right? 😉

      • 🙂 . . . ps I’m getting lots of spam so I blackballed some words like games/mother earth . . . don’t know if it will stop the assholes or not . . . but if you don’t get a reply you may have triggered one and were terminated. . . by Arnold

  3. cloud strife 86


    i’ll drink a glass of pepsi in celebration.

  4. Happy birthday to your mum 🙂

  5. AChriste

    We do have a great mom! We are very blessed! The boys are so crazy about their Grandma.

    • Aim, thanks for stopping by! 😀 I really do enjoy seeing mom with them…reminds me of South Dakota right this moment. I’m so happy we did that family vacation!

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