This Lady was born to this Earth on this Day
Seventy one years ago.
I suspect she has a new birthday now, but I'm still kind of attached to this day. After all, I celebrated it every year of my life until now. So I think I'll still choose to celebrate this day for this wonderful woman who was with me, talking to me nearly every day for my entire life. OK, there were some days when I bombed her calls, some days I didn't have answers to the questions she would ask and some days that were just too busy. But mostly, we talked.
I remember when my mom turned thirty seven, my brother, my friend Erika, and I made HAPPY BIRTHDAY signs on poster board and put them up on our front and back windows announcing my (single) mother was "37 TODAY!" I'm sure she really appreciated that.
I'm trying to remember other birthdays but mostly I just remember snapshots. In recent years I know she enjoyed going out to dinner with friends. She was usually in Washington in July because Arizona was just too hot for her this time of year.
Happy Birthday Mom. If you were here of course I would call you and I would have sent you flowers, probably a day or two late, but the bouquet would have included Star Lilies.
I love you. I miss you.