Today’s resolution: Thanks for all the birthdays

12 Sep

“Do not allow persons to bother the baby, particularly if she is sleeping. Too much handling is bad regardless of who does it.” — hospital baby-care instructions to Mom

As my mother says, “We made another one” — birthday, that is.

Every year, I thank my mom for keeping me — as you can see, I was not the prettiest baby. I’m grateful I was her first child and she had nothing to compare me with. My two younger sisters were really cute babies. But Mom says she thought I was cute, too.

This photo was tucked into the baby book that Mom wrote in a few times during my first three  years; after that, my sisters had arrived and she had three toddlers on her hands and no time for baby books. But the things she recorded seem to reveal how I developed certain interests.

Gifts at the one-year party were clothes (red ruffled pants!) and a mechanical donkey. A gym set was among my second-year gifts. The third year really nailed it: telephone, bead stringing kit, dog, plastic gun and books. Those who know me will instantly recognize how those gifts relate to me today. Hints: iphone, jewelry making, Simone, .410, books, books, books, gym membership and clothes. I’m not sure how the mechanical donkey figures in. … Oh, wait.

Thanks, Mom, for thinking I was cute and for raising me right. Thanks, too, for making all my days special.

By the way, folks, I grew into that nose.


5 Responses to “Today’s resolution: Thanks for all the birthdays”

  1. Donna McGowan September 12, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    You were a cute baby! Happy Birthday!

    • Rhonda September 12, 2011 at 11:15 am #

      Thanks, Donna! Mom always says she thought I was a beautiful baby. I always ask her if there any other babies in the nursery that day.

  2. Jan September 12, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    You were precious! And grew up to be lovely — no surprise there. Have a very happy birthday.

    • Rhonda September 12, 2011 at 11:14 am #

      Thanks, Jan! You’re the sweetest. We must get together soon.

  3. lauracartwrighthardy September 12, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    Cute post, cute pic. Happy birthday. Virgo power.

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