Betty is 91 Today and Still Going Strong!

Betty is 91 Today and Still Going Strong!

Today, my mom Betty turns 91. And as I do here every year on the 21st of April, I take a moment to give a shout-out to her on her birthday.

It hasn’t been an easy year to be sure. Betty got COVID in January, which at her age is a tough thing. She grew very weak and ended up in the hospital, then was discharged to a care home where she is staying as a long-term resident.

The good news is that Betty is still going strong, so much so that sometimes she often tries to do more than she physically can. Earlier this month, she got rushed to the hospital after trying to get out of her wheelchair by herself. Man, was she banged up. She looked like she went ten rounds with Tyson. Fortunately, she is healing nicely. I saw her on Sunday and you can barely see the scar from the gash on her forehead.

As a side note, I do want to thank you guys for your thoughtful messages and prayers for Betty. The show of support and prayers from so many quarters has been greatly appreciated by the entire family.

If you are a longtime reader of, you know how much Betty means to me. It’s fair to say that she has always been the most influential person in my life.

Last Friday I had to undergo extensive testing on my eyes to make sure my long-term use of hydroxychloroquine isn’t damaging the macula. And as my eye doctor’s office is in my hometown, when the technician learned that Betty was my mother, her face lit up and she said, “Oh, we LOVE Betty here!”

That’s the general consensus everywhere, to be honest.

Betty is universally beloved.

Most people describe her as “sweet” and “kind,” and she definitely is. But she is also supremely strong and resilient.

In short, she is one hell of a tough cookie.

You don’t get to 91 any other way.

She spent her childhood in war-torn Germany and left her home in the late fifties to come here with her American husband despite knowing nothing about this strange country. And when my father died suddenly at 27, Betty carried on, getting a job selling Amway while raising my brother and me.

Betty is a fighter who sticks to her principles and her faith no matter what life flings at her. And, damn, do I love her for it.

So I hope you will all join me in wishing her a very happy birthday today.

Happy birthday, Mom!

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7 thoughts on “Betty is 91 Today and Still Going Strong!

  • April 21, 2023 at 8:34 am

    My dear uncle passed away last month at 92. The sanctuary was full for his service. I’ll bet he never realized how many lives he touched in all his years.

  • April 21, 2023 at 10:50 am

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag, Betty!

  • April 22, 2023 at 1:03 am

    Happy Birthday Betty!! 91years young! God Bless you!

  • April 22, 2023 at 6:21 am

    Happy Birthday Betty! You raised a wonderful daughter.

  • April 23, 2023 at 6:15 am

    Happy (belated) birthday to your mom! She sounds like a remarkable woman. The pictures are great, little snapshots of the past.

  • April 24, 2023 at 1:58 pm

    So thankful that you still have a mother to love.
    Happy Birthday Betty!

  • April 24, 2023 at 7:33 pm

    Happy birthday to your mother and I’m glad she is still going strong. I wish I could say that Patriot Retort was still going strong too, but it’s clear that your heart just isn’t in it any longer.
    A sincere thank you for all of the hard-hitting snark and humor you’ve provided us over the years, Dianny, and best wishes with your ongoing health issues. All good things must come to an end eventually….
    — A former reader who has moved on…

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