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Friday, October 18, 2013

Happy Birthday Mom

Today is my Mom's 82nd birthday. She was married at 17, a mother at 18, a grandmother at 40, and a great-grandmother by the time she was 64. She has spent the last 64 years changing diapers, cooking thousands of meals, kissing away innumerable tears, and saying millions of prayers to keep her family safe.
Marilyn in high school
Brother Phil, me, sister Jan, brother Joe, Mom and Dad
Now, at 82, she has 15 great-grandchildren with another on the way. Her world revolves around her family, and the family revolves around her. She still babysits and cooks birthday dinners for everyone.

I've sometimes questioned her endless devotion to others. She had plenty of talent and intelligence - didn't she miss going to college? Didn't she miss having a life of her own where she was free to follow her own whims? But no. She says she would do it all over again. 
Happy Birthday Mom. I love you.


  1. Je souhaite un tres joyeux anniversaire à ta maman
    et lui fait plein de bisoux

    1. Merci! Je lui dirai (en anglais;-)

  2. Happy birthday, Marilyn. Thank you so much for sharing your children with me.

  3. That's my beautiful Mom - so perfectly revealed by my lovely Sister. Happy Birthday Mom, and thank you for everything, most especially for being who you are.