Saturday, February 9, 2008

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to the best mom in the world! I won't say how old she is. That wouldn't be right. But she is one year older than my dad. Three weeks ago dad turned 72. OK, you twisted my arm, mom is 73 years young today.

Here is a picture from a *few* years ago.

That's me in the basket, and mom is wearing a skirt while pedaling the bicycle. Very prim and proper. Never a wrinkle in her clothes (or ours)...never a hair out of place (or ours either if she could help it) was the most important thing. She sacrificed so much for us snot-nosed little brats ...little angels.

Lots of things have changed over the years, but mom is the glue that holds the whole family together. Her love is constant and unchanging. Even though I'm not a mother (to two-legged beings, anyway) she is my role model in so many ways.

Here are some pictures from last weekend. My sister S and I bought mom a tandem kayak. She can now go kayaking with us any time she wants, and she can just enjoy the ride while someone else does the paddling! How cool is that?

Look how happy she is! No way does she look like she's 73 years old, and she sure doesn't act like it!

She was so happy with her kayak that she wouldn't let us take it away to store it. She's making dad find a place to keep it at their house! It looks like dad made some saucy remark here, and is about to get paddled for it.
Off to find a storage spot in one of their out-buildings...and to dream of warmer weather and afternoons out on the lake...

Happy birthday, mom. I love you more than words can say.


Criquette said...

Your mom's so cute! I hope she has a wonderful year. And what a great gift!

Nichole said...

Happy Birthday to your adorable Mom!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

Donna Lee said...

Happy happy Birthday to your mom! Anyone who is still kayaking at 73 must be doing something right!

The Happy College Knitter said...

That picture embodies essentially everything I love about that era--I wish it hadn't ended.

Jen's Journal said...

You're parents are the best, Aunt D! :)