Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Happy Birthday, Mom...

Today my mom celebrates 87 years! She is an amazing woman for many reasons...but let me share some of the things I most admire about her:

She has lived the past 20 years of her life with almost total blindness, not a choice any of us would make for ourselves, but she has done it graciously and without bitterness. She holds the record in her library system for "reading" the most audiobooks of any user... She is an amazing speller and knows all the answers to the crossword puzzle clues (without the ability to cheat with a dictionary or the internet)... She has an amazing memory, whether she's navigating directions for my dad or keeping her clothing organized by color in her closet. She has hand knit dozens of beautiful sweaters, several even after the loss of much of her sight...She is always dressed beautifully with a taste for well coordinated outfits...

But probably the virtue I am most in awe of, is her ability to savor a single piece of chocolate with her cup of coffee and make a whole bar last for days... I did not inherit that virtue of self restraint ... and haven't managed to cultivate it yet!

Well, Mom, I wish you a happy birthday and pray that there will be several more to celebrate!

All my love,


  1. Olinda, What a lovely tribute to your mom. I remember what a gracious friendly lady she was each time I got to see her. What a legacy she is leaving her family, such a wonderful attitude when others wouldn't have been so positive. You are blessed to still have her and that you can visit her. Sending love your way!

  2. Happy birthday, Grandma! We are blessed to have you!