You probably noticed my absence yesterday. Yeah. It’s a monster Lupus flare. Yesterday I was up by six and back in bed by eight. Not good. This is the kind of Lupus flare that so beats the snot out of me I end up with a raging fever from the battle.
But today is my Mom’s birthday. And even a monster Lupus flare won’t get in the way of wishing my Mom a very happy birthday.
It’s become an annual tradition here at PatriotRetort.com to take some time on April 21 to honor my Mom. She is the most important person in my life, and no stupid Lupus flare will interfere with celebrating her day.
A few years ago, my Aunt Joy mailed me a package filled with old letters, cards and pictures she thought I might like. Those two pictures above were included in what she sent.
My father met my Mom when he was stationed in Germany in the 1950s. After he got permission from my grandfather (he was under 21 and the army required parental consent to wed), they were married on January 8, 1957.
The picture on the left is one my Mom sent in a letter to her new sister-in-law, my Aunt Joy. Joy had sent my Mom a picture of herself holding a cat. And in response, my Mom sent that picture. On the back, Mom wrote: “This is a nice pet isn’t it?”
My Mom turns 89 today.
It’s hard to wrap my mind around that. To me, Mom never ages. To me, she is the same today as she was back in 1979 when my parents took me to see ABBA in concert in Montreal. When they ended the concert without doing “Waterloo,” my Mom stood up and started chanting “Waterloo! Waterloo!”
Yeah, I was sixteen and mortified. But now when I think of that, I always chuckle to myself.
Oh, and ABBA did do “Waterloo” during the encore.
My Mom doesn’t do computers, like at all. So at least once a week, I print up the posts from PatriotRetort.com for her to read. Some of the cultural references might fly clear over her head, but she still reads every single one of them.
After USA Today “fact-checked” my Jill Biden dressed like Madonna image, I got a few emails from angry USA Today readers. “Your mother must be ashamed of you” said one irate scribe. Oh, honey. If you only knew that Mom is my biggest fan.
When I’m hit with a monster Lupus flare, nobody gets more frustrated than my Mom. But mostly because it means she has fewer posts from PatriotRetort.com to read.
Happy Birthday, Mom!
I love you. And I am so proud to be your daughter.
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