Today is my Mama’s Birthday !
Lightening will strike if I mention which one. She has always been the type to politely refuse to disclose her age. On the side chair sits her embroidered pillow which reads:
”Age is only a number….and mine is unlisted”
(the irony is for the past ten months, every time she sees a doctor, has a test or procedure performed, or even picks up a prescription the medical professional confirms her birthday. Out loud. So everyone can hear. She gets oh-so-ticked-off. And then she glares at me chuckling)
All my life my Mama has been surrounded by people who love her. Family. Friends. Neighbors. Co-workers. Churchmates. Not so unusual until you take a look at the range of individuals.
PTA moms. Soccer Moms. Corporate Moms. Women who would never have a child of their own. There are pious believers…and those who refuse God. Neighbors who can’t get along with anyone else but her. The preacher…and the members of the choir. Drunks. Murderers. The Judge. Sorority girls and Fraternity boys. Old. Young. Holy Rollers and Whores. Blue collar, white collar, and the guy with pink lace on his panties. Red necks and no necks. Hillbillys. Captains of Industry, Rocket Scientists, and the guy who lives under the bridge with a blanket.
Everybody Loves Maggie.
(the summer of sweet sixteen)
While we have many things in common, and I have a wide range of friends…I do not take after my Mama so much. It has been said that I am my Father’s daughter. My temperament is not of mother born. (smile) There was a time that bothered me a great deal. A time when I wanted to be the woman she is. But alas…heavy sigh…I am not. I am a smartass….and she is not.
I have been known to explain “I try to always be a good person. I may not always be a nice person…but I always try to be a good person” Mama and I learned to accept this a long time ago. (although there are a few dozen people who ardently wish I would be more like her.)
(maggie as a first born…and with her first born)
(as the bride….and the mother of the bride.
Yes, it is the same dress…the first time she was married was on her 21st birthday….)
(I am the only woman I know who was able to be the Best Man at her own mother’s wedding)
(Maggie and Shirley…BFF at 16 and 60)
There was a time a few months back, I wasn’t sure we’d get to this 5th of April with my Mama here on Earth. And I wouldn’t be so foolish has to be certain of the next. But today…I praise God for being able to celebrate this day with her.
(evidence that I have been a klutz my entire life)
This little one minute ditty is my first attempt at making a .wav file from photos. No music or special effects. This could get fun.
Happy Birthday Mama….I love you….