My good friend whom I've never met in person, Jim Borden, wrote a tribute to his mother yesterday because it was her birthday. Twas my mother's birthday as well. Just another thing Jimbo and I have in common. But, I digress.
M is for Marvelous Musical Mary born in March. To know my mother is to experience her Musical talent. From her early days, she's been the
O is for Overcoming Obstacles. Mom comes from the dusty plains of Oklahoma, where they literally walked a mile in the snow to get to school. She attended an unusual college which gave her good Music instruction and her M.R.S., but warped her Mind with its religious nutcake ideas. Once she Overlooked an extremely unObvious note I left for her in the detritus of a cluttered countertop UNDER A LAMP; an Odd place to leave a note, Obviously.
T is for Trying again and again, as in if at first you don't succeed, Try, Try, again. Mother is the one who Taught me that There's no such thing as can't, which messed with my mind for a lot of years before I discovered that There IS such a Thing as won't.
H is for HER indomitable spirit. This is the woman who killed a spider on the wall, with her foot ...
I is for Incredible. My mother made us clothes, with love. She has singlehandedly created the most beautiful furnishings for hundreds of people over the years. She loves to be Innovative and use her Imagination. She's a writer of prose and music. Her reputation as a fun-loving, joyful party guest is widely known.
N is for you Need to know there is Not one thing in this post or elsewhere that Needs to be seen as tragic or problematic. She is Nothing but fantastic, because she, too, is imperfectly perfect.
S is for surprise. Because you (and I) thought this acrostic poem was going to spell MOTHER. She'd be the first to tell you that she enjoys the unexpected and doesn't want to be like everyone else (which is why I had to buy my own Calvin Klein jeans) and as a result, is just the most alive, interested,
animated, lively, full of life, alert, active, energetic, vigorous, spry, sprightly, vital, vivacious, buoyant, exuberant, ebullient, zestful, spirited, full of beans, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, chipper, peppy and full of vim and vigor person I know. She's just the best.
Happy Birthday, Mom.
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