March 26, 2018
An interesting little story about a special birthday card.

Today is my mother’s birthday. 

My brother David sent an email to me last week along with a pdf file of a birthday card.

In the email was David’s explanation of the card which I have italicized below. 

Two of my brothers with their families, and two of mom’s sisters and their husbands, had a 85th birthday party for Mom on Saturday, and they gave her the card. 

Yesterday, Dave sent me a short video of Mom opening and reading the card. She of course, cried like a baby. 

Dad passed away on December 19th last year. They’d been married 65 years.  


David wrote:

. . . Also, mom will have a surprise card from her biggest admirer. A quick story:

In the last couple yrs of dads Alzheimers I would occassionaly pick him up and go down to the local Hy-Vee grocery store before a Mothers Day, Wedding Anniversary or Mom's Bday to have him pick out a card for mom. On one particular day in 2017 while he was shopping for a Mothers Day card, I left dad in the card isle and told him I was going to grab some grocery item real quick and would meet him back at the cards. 

When I came back and we went up to the service desk to pay for a few small items we were waiting in line and dad grabbed a pen and started signing the card. I shortly realized dad had picked a "Birthday Card" instead of a Mothers Day Card. We picked up the M.D. card but I saved the Bday card as dad had already signed it. 

a copy of this card is attached.

Like the ghost of Christmas Past said in "The Scrooge" to Bill Murry........."Niagra Falls Frankie baby"

(some of you have been pre-warned about my twisted sense of humor)

Blessings from Kansas City







When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die. 

Mary Elizabeth Frye


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