Sunday, April 11, 2010

My Mother

My mother turned 83 today. It's almost impossible for me to conceive of my parents being in their 80s, although I see them every day and I know, on a certain level, that they are, as my father says, octogenarians.

My uncle Max (that's him on the left) and my brother Stephen came into town for her birthday. We're all heading over to another brother's house later today. We'll all gather, eat, maybe play a few hands of cards.

And while I find it hard to grasp that my parents are in their 80s, I am, each and every day, tremendously grateful that they are here and painfully aware of the passing of time. I want many more years of perfect spring days under redbud trees, more afternoons spent speaking of everything and nothing, more Tuesday evening card games.

Many, many more birthdays.


  1. Happy Birthday Mom!!! You are blessed to be so close with them!

  2. Happy Birthday to your mom! I lost my mother 3 years ago and my dad is turning 78 this year. It is extremely difficult to think of him getting old although he has excellent health, but I do understand your feelings. I now cherish every moment more than I ever have.

  3. Happy Birthday to your mom! My dad is in his mid 70's, which always hits me like a ton of bricks, but my mom won't even be 60 until next year. Still, 60 seems so much older too than I think of her.

  4. What a blessing! I wish you and your mother many, many more happy birthdays.

  5. AGAIN- what a WONDERFUL set of genes you come from...Happy Birthday Mama!

  6. My parents are in their sixties (young, I know!), and yet still, I feel the passag of time. I know where you're coming from!

    Happy birthday to your mother!


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