She’s Ninety Freakin’ Nine!

That’s what Natasha exclaimed on Saturday morning. We were talking about mom. Monday, August 6th, is Pauline’s birthday. She will be 99 years old. Ninety Freakin’ Nine. Although mom’s health might be considered “poor,” the fact that she is still on the planet is amazing to me. My cute, little energizer bunny has outlived her husband, all of her siblings, all of her friends, and most people who were born in the year 1919. She has lived to this dayRead more

Mom, at 98

Today, August 6th, is my mother’s birthday. She turned a whopping 98. I don’t know how she does it. I call her the Face of Resilience, the Energizer Bunny, The Little Engine that Could. She keeps going and going and going and going. Then again, she was more interested in sleeping than talking with her daughter on this momentous occasion. I could only wake her with the allure of food and the cheesecake I brought as a birthday treat. InRead more

One-Liner Wednesday: Steak

I went to visit mom this past Monday afternoon, on my birthday. Even though mom has been calling me by her sister’s name of late, I felt the need to share this day with her – to bring mom a piece of cheesecake and have one of our “usual” conversations. I had no expectations that September 26th would be of any significance in her mind or that she would remember my actual name. It didn’t matter. If mom would haveRead more

One-Liner Wednesday: From Mom’s Lips

“You’re full of crap!” I’m not a regular here at Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share a very special comment from my mother. Mom turns 97 this Saturday, August 6th. It will be a birthday different from prior years because mom insists that she’s not that old. Her dementia has her living in the past, often as a younger adult who simply wants to “go home.” This past Sunday, the conversation wentRead more

Inspiration in Age

This week’s photo challenge asks for inspiration. I need not look further than my mother. Her birthday is this Thursday, August 6th. On that day, she will turn 96. Ninety-six years of inspiration. Mom inspires me to keep going. To drink an adult refreshment whenever I’m in the mood. To be feisty and vocal when someone serves crappy food. To go dancing. To stop and notice the colors of the rainbow and the green of the trees. To always be kindRead more

Birthday Cake

“Hello? Is that you? This is me!” When dad was alive and he would call, more often than not, that would be his opening line. On other occasions, he would simply say, “This is your dear old father.” I found a photo of him cutting a birthday cake in 1961. I cannot figure out if the photo was taken on March 9th (his birthday) and developed in July or if this was a late celebration. At any rate, dad turnedRead more

Mom, 95

She was born August 6, 1919. The youngest daughter of 13 children. A beautiful bride in November, 1954. Mother to two bratty kids who are now two bratty adults. Living life one day at a time. Happy 95th Birthday Mom! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoRead more

Beautiful America

Friday is the Fourth of July – Independence Day for U.S. citizens. It’s a day of celebration. Over a three-day weekend, I hope to be indulging in two nights of fireworks, combined with a movie or two, adult refreshment and Oreos. (Those blessed Oreos!) I may even salute my beautiful country. Happy Birthday America, I adore you from sea to shining sea!   America, The Beautiful Lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates – 1913 O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves ofRead more