Dad’s Pictures: Happy Birthday to Me

September 10, 2017

Dad’s Pictures: Happy Birthday to Me


Today is my birthday. I’ve had a blessed life, rich with experience and wonderful people.

One of my blessings is a treasure trove of family history I have just inherited. My Dad died recently, and my Aunt-Mom gave me his computer to copy his pictures. Dad was a great family historian, and took loads of photos. The picture archive includes old ones from my childhood that Dad scanned, and I found some from my 6th birthday party. What a gift; too cool not to share with you to celebrate my birthday.

We played Blind Man’s Buff at that little party; that’s Mom below helping us to get started and get that blindfold on tight. I’m the short little girl in the plaid dress with the bow.

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I remember my Dad building the patio cover and the little brick barbecue in our back yard. We lived in Burleson, Texas, and he was an account executive for Exxon. Mom was a registered nurse (RN) but was just about to quit working to be with us kids full-time. They were proud of that little backyard and really enjoyed giving parties like this one.

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We also played Pin the Tail on the Donkey, another game that requires a blindfold. Hmmmm….

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Mom was so beautiful; look at that smile.

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The thing I remember most about that 6th birthday party is Mom helping me get dressed. She said that the puffy sleeves on the little plaid dress (see below) were called “pork chop sleeves”. I thought that was really funny and decided to call them “steak sleeves” instead. My 6-year old wisecrack cracked her up. I’ve never since heard of pork chop sleeves (did she make it up?), but to me, they’d still be called steak sleeves. Fashionistas – are pork chop sleeves a thing?

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I have lived a full life to this point and am so grateful for all of the people in it; those who are still with me and those who have gone over the rainbow but left their permanent imprint. Happy birthday to me.

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7 thoughts on “Dad’s Pictures: Happy Birthday to Me”

    • Thank you so much! I googled “pork chop sleeves” but couldn’t really find anything. I know I didn’t make it up, though…maybe my Mom did. I guess I’ll have to wait until I join her to find out!

  • Hi, it’s been nice meeting you, I have only been following you for a short time but already looking forward to reading them as I see them in my email box.
    Happy Birthday to both of us, it is also my birthday today.

    • Happy birthday to you, too! We’re twins. 🙂 I always love seeing your smiling face in my comments – your photo is so warm and welcoming. You are so good about doing the writing challenges – I want to be better about that. Thank you so much for the kind words and I hope you are having a stellar day. No, beyond that – SUPER-STELLAR!

  • Happy birthday dear, I hope you had a day filled with wonderful moments and special memories.
    And what a gift indeed and a treasure to forever hold dear to your heart. I somehow know that you will and your Mom looked beautiful indeed. Sending a warm hug across the miles on this special day, but really any other time as well. Hope your day was beautiful.

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