Thursday, July 16, 2015

Six Sentence Story: A Letter to My Son

Dear #1 Son, Happy Birthday!

It's so hard to believe it was 24 years ago when labor was induced on my birthday, and i got to meet the best birthday gift i've ever received.

You've gone through ups and downs, teething and tantrums, rebellion and high school, and the day i took you to enroll at the two-year college and we realized i was the only parent there so i decided you didn't need my help for that, and you were a bit upset but you did it by yourself and gained so much confidence!

The year you lived in Kansas was difficult for me, because you were so far away, getting to know the woman you wanted to marry; her death was a shock and it both broke my heart for you and brought you back here where you've tried three times to move out on your own again and had roommates flake out on you each time.

Now you're a restaurant manager, working extra-long hours and doing a great job, saving as much as you can while trying to pay for the computer your cat drowned and your phone that got run over; sometimes things just happen that way.

Know that no matter what, no matter how crazy things get, i love you and you will always be the sweet little boy who made me a mother on my birthday.

Linking up with Uncharted Blog for Six Sentence Stories, where this week's prompt was Letter.

Today is

Atomic Bomb Day -- the first experimental bomb was set off today in 1945

Closet Space Appreciation Day -- if you have some, enjoy (we have tiny closets!)

Cuti Bersama 2015 -- Indonesia

Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel; related observances (many noting her relationship to Carmen, ancient goddess of healing and midwifery)
     Fiesta of the Virgin of Carmen -- Santurtzi, Basque Region, Spain
     Lady of Carmen Day -- Chile 
     La Madonna della Carmine -- Naples, Italy (all of Italy, actually, but especially here)
     Virgen Del Carmen -- Cetano, Puerto Rico

Folkmoot USA -- Waynesville, NC, US (festival of international folk dance; through the 26th)

Hot Dog Night -- Luverne, MN, US (free hot dogs to all comers!)

Fresh Spinach Day -- yippee!

Get To Know Your Customers Day -- third Thursday of each quarter

Ice Cream Cone Day -- this is one of the many days people say the confection was invented, so why not?

LaPaz Day -- Bolivia

Manu'a Cession Day -- American Samoa

National Corn Fritters Day

National Personal Chef Day -- some websites say Feb. 24, but since i'm not going to have one, you may celebrate it whichever you choose

Parking Meter Day -- the first parking meter was installed on this day in 1935 in Oklahoma City, OK

Petal-Hopping for Non-Starters Day -- Fairy Calendar

Ramazan Bayrami Eve -- Turkey

St. Eustathius' Day

Talk to a Telemarketer Day -- only if i can mess with his/her mind in some way!

Uniwaine / Unaine Day -- Kiribati (Senior Citizens' Day, specifically Elderly Men's Day / Elderly Women's Day)

Virginia Lake Festival -- Clarksville, VA, US (fun for the family, including tethered hot air balloon rides; through Saturday)

Anniversary Today:

Michael J. Fox marries Tracy Pollan, 1988

Birthdays Today

Mark Indelicato, 1994
Jayma Mays, 1979
Corey Feldman, 1971
Larry Sanger, 1968
Barry Sanders, 1968
Will Ferrell, 1967
Phoebe Cates, 1963
Michael Flatley, 1958
Stewart Copeland, 1952
Ruben Blades, 1948
Pinchas Zukerman, 1948
Bess Myerson, 1924
Ginger Rogers, 1911
"Miss Frances" Horwich, 1907
Barbara Stanwyck, 1907
Orville Reddenbacker, 1907
Roald Amundsen, 1872
Ida B. Wells, 1862
Mary Baker Eddy, 1821
Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1723
Andrea del Sarto, 1486

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Golden Horseshoe Revue"(Disneyland show), 1955
The Catcher in the Rye(Publication date), 1951
"Das Entfuhrung aus dem Serail"(Opera, Mozart K. 384), 1782

Today in History

The Islamic Calendar begins, 622
East-West Schism between the Eastern and Western Christian churches begin, 1054
The first banknotes in Europe are issued by the Swedish bank Stockholms Banco, 1661
Manchu Qing Dynasty naval forces under traitorous commander Shi Lang defeat the Kingdom of Tungning in the Battle of Penghu near the Pescadores Islands, 1683
Father Junipero Serra founds California's first mission, Mission San Diego de Alcal√°. Over the following decades, it evolves into the city of San Diego, 1769
First performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera The Abduction from the Seraglio, 1782
The city of La Paz, in what is today Bolivia, declares its independence from the Spanish Crown, 1809
Emily Stowe becomes the first female physician licensed to practice medicine in Canada, 1880
The world's first parking meter is installed in the Oklahoma capital, Oklahoma City, 1935
The world's first nuclear weapon, the "atom bomb," is detonated in New Mexico, 1945
The storming of the cockpit of the Miss Macao passenger seaplane, operated by a subsidiary of the Cathay Pacific Airways, marks the first aircraft hijacking of a commercial plane, 1948
J.D. Salinger novel The Catcher in the Rye published by Little, Brown and Company, 1951
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closes its very last "Big Tent" show in Pittsburgh, due to changing economics all subsequent circus shows will be held in arenas, 1956
USS George Washington (SSBN-598) a modified Skipjack class submarine successfully test fires the first Ballistic missile while submerged, 1960
The Mont Blanc Tunnel linking France and Italy opens, 1965
Apollo 11, the first manned space mission to land on the Moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, 1969
Mahathir bin Mohamad becomes Malaysia's 4th Prime Minister; he will be in office 22 years, Asia's longest-serving political leader, 1981
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collides with Jupiter (impacts continue until July 22), 1994
John F. Kennedy, Jr., piloting a Piper Saratoga aircraft, dies in a plane mishap over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, along with his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette, 1999
Chicago's Millenium Park is opened to the public, 2004
The funeral for the final heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Otto von Habsburg, occurs in Vienna, attended by monarchs and members of the political elite, 2011


  1. This is a very sweet letter. My son is turning 30 in September and is married and lives an hour away. I might just write a letter to him, who first called me Mom.

  2. Happy birthday to both of you. That is a really lovely letter and I hope your son reads it. Sounds like he has been through a lot in his short years, and the phone/computer thing totally reminds me of my son. He's coming back from Australia next week, and I'm sooo excited to see him!

  3. Happy birthday everyone! What a great gift! The baby and this letter! Thanks for linking up!

  4. sweet, sweet, sweet. and happy birthday to you both!

  5. You're bringing tears to my eyes too often this past week. I'm just saying.

    Happy Birthday to you both.

    Have a blessed day my friend. You sure deserve it. ♥♥♥

  6. Happy birthday to you and your sweet son!
    What a beautiful post!
    Look at all those born on your birthdays, funny and intelligent, that sounds like you! xx

  7. What a sweet post. Happy Birthday to you and your son.

  8. Happy Birthday to #1 Son! mimi, this is a really fantastic way to celebrate your son. I enjoyed read this very much. ((Hugs)) to him for the loss of his loved one. Many many hugs.

  9. Oh so sweet letter to #1. Makes me want to write similar greetings to my #1 and #2. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Awwwh that's a lovely letter with so much love and sadness in it.

  12. I enjoyed reading your letter, which is full of love.

  13. Sweet letter. I hope your son has a wonderful birthday.

  14. How important it is to write (or even contemplate) such a letter to your children to tell them how much you value them and the sense of pride you have.

  15. and theres a whole story on its own huh? the computer his cat drowned?! :-)

  16. It's such sweet letter and I'm sure he is very proud of you, as you are of him. The birth date is a great one for both of you! (Our first child/son was born on my husband's birthday...a very special day for all of us.)

  17. What a good idea to write your son a birthday letter! My son just turned 20, and he's part little boy/part man. It's a strange, yet endearing, transition.