Thursday, November 6, 2008

Happy Birthday, Mom!

My mom turns 80 today! I am hopping on a plane at an ungodly hour on Saturday to go wish her a happy birthday in person.

When I called her today, she said she already got her biggest birthday wish--in the form of a really cool new President of the United States! Well, I guess that gets me off the hook for a creative present. I'm just delivering myself to her door.

You'd probably like my mom. She is smart, outspoken, generous, compassionate, liberal, articulate, resourceful and did I say she's outspoken? Yeah, if you don't want to know what she thinks of something or someone, that's just tough titty because she's going to tell you anyway. She swears a lot. It's kind of shocking to hear an 80-year-old lady using the premium cuss words. But when you spend as many years as she did in art education, you pick up a few key phrases from the kids.

At 80, she's not quite as physically spry as she once was, and her eyesight is pretty bad. But she has a first-rate brain, and to this day, when I am faced with any sort of dilemma or heavyweight decision that I need clarity with, she is always the greatest voice of reason in my life.

So happy birthday, Mom! Keep on rockin' like you do. You are my inspiration.

4 comments:

Robyn O'Neill said...

I'll bet she taught you my favorite little ditty "we sailed the good ship Venus..."

Give Mom & Dad both a big kiss from me! xoxox

Janine Serresseque said...

Aww, thanks My Fave. I will! They always ask about you.

Dave T said...

She must be remarkable -- having given birth to you when she was 51!

Janine Serresseque said...

Yes, her nickname was Fertile Myrtle. And I must say, you are an excellent mathematician.