Friday, July 18, 2008

34 Years

That's right folks, thirtyfour years ago my completely unmedicated mom (she hates needles) pushed out her second daughter. This new baby entered life as a porky affair with coal-black hair parted neatly down the middle. She had a blue line on the bridge of her nose shaped exactly like the number four. (If you look closely enough to this day, you can still see it.) Her mom brought her to the home of her grandparents (the house next door to me now), where they were living while her newly-graduated father awaited orders for his first assignment in the Air Force.

This little fire cracker learned to talk in the deep south, and said goodbye and "Bah, bah!" Crayons were "crowns". She was home schooled for part of kindergarten because the schools there worked on a lottery system and it wasn't her (un)lucky day. She craved adult conversation and had her own visiting teaching route at the age of four. She would ring the door bell, enter, sit on the couch and ask, "So, how are you feeling? How are your children?".

She had an overwhelming thirst to learn. She used to sit in her little rocking chair poring over Mormon Doctrine willing the characters to make sense. She moved and moved until she was in North Dakota and lived a block from school. She was chronically late. She was also chronically in trouble. Her mom had to escort her home one day for bringing her hamster to school in her bag. She was a sassy little thing that thought she knew everything. Her father was called upon to sit with her in Sunday school more than once.

She grew and grew and by the seventh grade looked exactly as she does now. She was more boy crazy than should be allowed by law. She lived on an historic military base and was only kept from trouble by her excessively tender conscience. She lost her sister at the age of twelve and it changed her life. She moved again and learned a lot from loneliness. She settled in and learned that to make friends, you just need to look around you to see that people are as lonely as you are.

After graduating, she went off to school and had to find out who she really was, and what she was worth. She came home and fell in love with a handsome prince that convinced her she was worth even more than that. They got married and then she was pregnant for the rest of her natural life. This sent her so far 'round the twist that she's never came back and doesn't regret it for a second. She says it's way more fun 'round the twist. Those 34 years have had a lot of living, and that's definitely worth celebrating!

19 comments:

Tia Juana said...

Oh Happy Day! I am so happy to learn a little more about you and that makes me want to drive on over with a cake and eat it all with you! Since that isn't happening I hope you will eat cake with a friend or two at some point in this day and remember how much you are loved - even by people who haven't even officially met you!

Sleepless In St. George said...

Happy birthday!

Lee said...

Happy Birthday to one of my favorite people! I hope your day is wonderful and I wish I was there to celebrate with you! Miss you bunches.

shauna said...

Happy Birthday! Hope your day day is wonderful.

Shannon said...

How could you possibly forget your wonderful sense of humor and your amazing sense of creativity? The world is a better place for the past 34 years! I am looking forward to reading this blog when you start writing about AARP and menopause. Happy Birthday Beautiful!

The Clan of the Crazies said...

And you forgot to mention how wonderful a big sister you are! Glad you're around and that I have gotten to be your sister.

Happy Birthday!

Jenn said...

Happy, happy birthday baby!
I hope you have a good one!

Doran & Jody said...

Happy Birthday!!!

Jodi said...

Happy Birthday! That was such a great way to do a birthday post. I loved learning more about you!

The Bloxham Bunch said...

Happy Birthday Missy!!! YOU ARE WONDERFUL. I love hangin out with you on Wed, you inspire me on Sun. and your just an all around fun person. Thank you for everything and I hope you had a GREAT birthday!!

FleetingMoments said...

Happy Birthday!

hartleyhouse said...

Happy Birthday!! We hope you have a great day!

Kimberly said...

Happy birthday! Loved the post.

lovecat said...

Happy late birthday. Sorry we missed it. Life's been a bit hectic here! That was an awesome post. Its so nice to be able to read and learn more about my awesome new sisters! I especially loved the part where you were "pregnant for the rest of you natural life". :)

MamaBird said...

I haven't visited in quite awhile - i absolutely LOVE your layout. I'm all caught up - what a wonder of a story weaver you are!

Momma K & Big J said...

I loved reading this post. Happy happy birthday to you!!! I hope you had such a wonderful day.

John and Stephanie's blog said...

Happy Birthday, Missy!!

We are the same age??
I always thought you were a few years younger than me.

I'll be 34 in December.

Oldest said...

If it was me it would have been a rabid wolf at school.

Laura said...

You are my sunshine on a sad day!! I love your talent in telling stories!
Happy late B-day