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    Not So Wordless Wednesday: A Birthday Story, One Year Ago Today

    . . . I woke to a unique birthday surprise. My mother, Suzanne Freeman, had written a guest post for Shades of the Departed, kindly published by our friend footnoteMaven.


    Twice Told Tuesday: A Birthday Story


    Mom was so excited to attend the SCGS Jamboree in 2009 and meet the many bloggers and genealogists she followed. I am not sure where she got the idea for the article, and how she concocted the scheme to post it on Shades, but she was delighted with her own cleverness.

    I tried to persuade her to write her own blog, even setting up a sample page for her, "Mercy Me!" and printing the name on her contact cards, but she liked being a guest author best. This June, she enjoyed seeing her blogger friends, especially footnoteMaven and Thomas MacEntee, again in Burbank.

    Mom has never been one to let a birthday slip by. Our childhood celebrations were extravaganas of creative energy. Each party was fully themed: balloons, Flower Power (must have been the 60's; I really remember that one), a teenage candlelight dinner in the dining room for the birthday girl and friends.

    Mother and daughter, August 11, 1955

    Sadly, Mom has been ill this summer, and isn't up to her usual birthday hijinks but I know she is dreaming up more surprises than ever! Her own birthday isn't until January, so I have some time to plan something exceptional for her!

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    Reader Comments (4)

    Happy birthday, Denise! I hope you have a wonderful day! Your mom sounds like a terrific lady; so sorry to hear that she's been ill.

    August 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth O'Neal

    Happy birthday! What a lovely surprise. Wish we could all get together for another lunch and celebrate your day properly. My best to Suzanne.

    August 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn Doyle

    Happy Birthday!

    I love that woman wearing glasses and send prayers that she will be feeling better soon. I know she has places to go and people to see.

    Hope you have your feet up and are drinking a glass of wine, I am, in your honor.


    August 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterfootnoteMaven

    Happy Birthday Denise! Hope it was a good one :)

    August 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoan Miller (Luxegen)

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