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Happy Birthday, Mom

“You make me sound so OLD!” my Mother scolded me, when I wrote about how she was 85 years old and still living on her own. Mom keeps active. She can’t do all the things she really wants to do – travel, mostly – because she can’t manage a heavy bag or standing too long – but she keeps up her own place, fixes her own meals, goes out with friends, exercises, makes and keeps her own appointments. We should all be so fortunate, when we hit our 80’s.

(This is not my Mother’s birthday cake, but when I looked up cakes I found this on Kay’s and knew it was a cake my Mom would love, if she loved cake. Actually, she loves Lemon Meringue Pie, and that is what she really had at her birthday party.)

My younger sister has shown her a couple really nice places where she could have more assistance on a daily basis, beautiful places with activities and transportation for elders.

(I can already hear her wincing at using the word ‘elder’)

She doesn’t want to be surrounded by old people. She stays young by being as active as she wants to be.

She has signed up for a three-day mini university course at a nearby university, where they use the college facilities during the summer months to offer interesting mini classes. One of the four classes that she has signed up for is Early Islamic Spain. I’m impressed, Mom.

She keeps up with the news, sends me clippings, reads books we tell her are worth reading, and keeps up with her friends. She is good at managing her money, and researching her investments. She does better than most women half her age.

Happy Happy Birthday, Mom, and many more to come.

August 3, 2009 - Posted by | Adventure, Aging, Biography, Community, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Friends & Friendship, Generational, Living Conditions, Seattle


  1. Thats so wonderful…

    Warm B’day wishes to your Mom.

    Comment by Grey | August 3, 2009 | Reply

  2. Happy Birthday to your mom πŸ™‚

    Comment by Amu | August 3, 2009 | Reply

  3. Your mother is right (that the way it is with mothers).
    85 is quite old but not SO old.
    Take a look here and show it to your mother too πŸ˜‰

    Comment by What was done | August 3, 2009 | Reply

  4. Happy Birthday Mom

    Comment by daggero | August 3, 2009 | Reply

  5. Thank you, Grey – Mom reads this blog. I am guessing she has figured out how to read the comments, too! πŸ™‚

    Thank you, Amu,. I’ll make sure she gets your greetings. πŸ™‚

    Thank you, What Was Done (Mom, click on the blue type to see what people have done at age 85 / 86) πŸ™‚

    LLOOLL, Daggero, she would utterly charm you. πŸ™‚

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 3, 2009 | Reply

  6. Oh happy birthday to her πŸ™‚
    She reminds me of my great aunt! At around 9, she would refuse aid in any form… she would still want to get out of bed and walk around, pray, and do whatever with no help! She was also famous for greeting you with poetry sometimes with her own words, or quoting someone else’s!

    Comment by ansam518 | August 3, 2009 | Reply

  7. Happy birthday mom. I hope she lives up another 23047203498789767982734659872346528756909785623948753985423847526 centuries =D

    Comment by Q8GEEK | August 3, 2009 | Reply

  8. I wish your mom a happy birthday. I can appreciate when senior citizens want to do things themselves. My granny just turned 88 today and she still moves around on her own.

    Comment by Mathai | August 3, 2009 | Reply

  9. Ansam – I had aunts like that, too! What a blessing they were! πŸ™‚

    Q8Geek, LLLOOOLLLL. πŸ˜€

    Thank you, Mathai! Your granny and my Mom are both Leos! πŸ™‚

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 3, 2009 | Reply

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