Today is my mom's 60th Birthday
I think it's sinking in that I am getting old.
She looks really great for 60 - I don't think people would guess she is 60 if they didn't know. I don't think of her as getting old so much but rather in terms of my own age getting up there. Her age doesn't really seem to phase her, in fact my parents (my dad also turned 60 last month) are currently looking for a new house and neither have any major health problems to speak of.
Growing up, my mom was usually the calm one in situations that could have easily become the opposite. She was strict with curfew and when friends commented about how they wished my parents would let me do whatever I wanted, I was almost offended even back then because I knew better.
I could never come home drunk from a party in high school to say, "It's not like you never did it," because she never really did. I think the story goes that she had a few drinks at a senior picnic and got sick so didn't really drink again. (These days, however, she has a box of wine in the fridge, standard...hm)
My mom is probably one of the most grounded people I know and she is a great judge of character...she always knew when things weren't going to work out with certain friends or boyfriends and yet was always able to let me figure these things out on my own.
My mom basically had little old ME for her 21st birthday - they had been married a whole 9 months and 5 days which I always gave them crap about through the years - (she never said a word or probably even thought about karma when I had to plan MY shotgun wedding after being engaged three short months.) By 23, she had two little girls, a new house and a family to raise...ain't they sweet??
I can't tell you how proud I have always been to say my parents are still married and will celebrate 40 years of bliss in June. Holy Crap - 40 years - by the time I celebrate 40 years, I will be almost 70!
Growing up, mom was always tight on the reigns and as she ages has become a bit more loose and definitely gets funnier and thinks life is more and more hilarious the older she gets. By the time she's 80, she may be downright looney!!
I want to pay tribute to her for her birthday to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY and THANK YOU!!
Thank you for your long patience, your listening ear, your faith in me, humor, understanding, vitality, guidance, acknowledgement, beauty, longevity, wisdom, and for helping shape me and make me the person I am today, which you continue to do everyday. I love you and would not be where I am today without you!