happy birthday, dear mom…

Mom would be 85 today… I have a date with Nu-Nu tomorrow to celebrate all of our birthdays and fight over who pays for lunch… No telling what kind of mischief we’ll get into.

Blather & Balderdash

Today would have been my mom’s 82nd birthday.  She died, young and feeling fine, at 71.  Since school was out today, I made a date with one of mom’s oldest, dearest friends to share memories about the lady we still miss…

For those of you who are unfamiliar with my early childhood, I spent my first 3 years in Albion, IL, specifically a little house on South Second that I don’t remember.   The family who lived next door (Dick, Mildred, Kenny, Tom and Ricky Dean) were great friends with us in that 1950’s small-town way that cannot be replicated.   I was due to be born on Mildred’s birthday and so she and mom made a deal:  if I was was born on Mil’s birthday, she could name me.  Mildred had always wanted to name a little girl Lou…so she came up with Billie Lou or Bobbie Lou (after my dad).  I was, alas, born just…

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2 thoughts on “happy birthday, dear mom…

  1. zipcoffelt

    Small world – my mom also died a couple of months before turning 71, going from healthy to passed on in a couple of days. In September she would have been 82, so our moms were contemporaries! I know she died the way she wanted to. She was always afraid of ‘lingering’. My thoughts are with you today!

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  2. Thank-you! You probably understand, then, that as I watch my friends take care of their elderly parents, I do and don’t envy them. Mom would have been a hand-full if she had gotten real-old! I know she would have liked to have lived longer, but she, too, dreaded “lingering” , so having only memories of a vital, healthy mom (and grandma) is a true blessing. Still, I wish she were here…


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