Written by Captain Mary on Tuesday, July 01, 2008

My favorite women of all time are born in July. Sexy and senior, just like me.

My Mom, which passed away, was born on July 3rd, she was a wonderful lady, whose whole life was made just for her family. I am the eldest of the children, I have two sisters June and Cheryl and a brother Charles. We always had mom when we needed her, she could always find a way to cheer us up when we needed it. She always found a way to break it to Dad gently when something went wrong. She was the keeper of the family, which was no easy task in our group. My Mom had a mischievous side, I really think her favorite holiday was April Fools Day, I can remember how much work she would do to prepare for this holiday, busy in the kitchen creating amazing things to surprise Dad. Dad was always the one she played jokes on. Some of my favorites are: The old Swiss cheese and ham sandwich, except the Swiss cheese was a sponge that mom spent a lot of time on slicing it thin enough to look convincing. Dad didn't realize the joke until later, because he said he felt really thirsty all day. The chocolate covered soap was another great one. There was a couple of sandwich's made with plastic look-a-like foods, (plastic Hersey bar) mom discontinued those after Dad almost broke a tooth. Mom taught us to be creative and independent, she is so missed. I still pick up the phone from time to time thinking I would like to talk to her, then remembering she is not here on earth, but in my heart. I like to remember her on her birthday, because she was such a gift to all of us.

My Mom, Lovingly called by all, May. Maybe she adopted that name because the month of May, is so full of flowers with butterflies that sip sweet nectar.
I know that my Daddy cherished her as his wife, and I know without a doubt how she rates #1 as a mom. As I grew and didn't need her care as much, she molded beautifully into my best friend. A person who would advise without sugar coating. I grew knowing the truth no matter how much it hurts. I could always trust her because she couldn't lie to me. My mom, always made me feel wonderful about myself and no matter how far I fell from my pedestal she was certain that I would make the climb back to the top. I have been known to do a crazy thing or two, my mom would never let me feel like I was odd . When I cried, she could always dry my tears with her magical wit and her love, always telling me that I will do the right thing.

Mom constantly told me that the most important thing that she ever wanted for me was happiness. I took her words as law and in turn I try to extend that wisdom to my children. As a grandmother, and great-grandmother, she never treated my children any different than her own, except maybe spoiling them just a little more. Always being the best friend a person could ever have. Never judging always loving.

I think about my Mom everyday, with every step I take and every breath I make. She was so much a part of my life. I don't know how I will go through the rest of my life without her laugh and her smile. I feel sometime like my sunrise has been taken away and now I will only live in darkness. If she heard me talking this way she would kick my butt. So, instead I think of her never fading smile and wit and wouldn't you know it, the sun begins to shine it doesn't matter what time, day or night. I only hope that my life can touch just half as many lives as my mom did.

Another July birthday is a very good friend of mine, who's name is Carol. This woman, what does she mean to me? First she is a community leader, someone who is involved in everything, I couldn't possible give you a list I would need an entire Blog to do it. She has been given awards and accommodations that I don't think she can even count. Her husband and son all do this together and never shy away from the truth or their beliefs. Her son Trae was a gift to her, he was born a day before her birthday.

I met her when I had become her employee. Many years have gone by since then, we have spent a morning together in her kitchen almost every week for over eight years. We became friends almost immediately. We could tell each other anything, and there isn't anything she wouldn't do for me. When my mom passed away, Carol was the first to send over food and goodies to keep me going, her warm words were never empty, they are always genuine and she has become a person that I can only hope to be. She never sees a battle she can't fight, she is strong and beautiful and I love her. I know that Carol is worshiped by so many people I am so proud to be one of her friends.

Another beautiful lady that has a birthday this month is Iva. I have not known Iva very long but the time we have spent together has been a learning experience. She has told me stories of the days during the war, how the beauty of the world around her never dulls. She spends everyday on a walk and keeps going by belonging to Senior groups, her family is close by and she cherishes the small things in life, especially Happy Hour. For Iva I wish the best 90th Birthday and many more.

I am a July baby, I don't know what most people think of me, what I do hope is to impact my children's lives as my Mom did mine. I love my children and grandchildren and hope that they will experience everything in life that they want. Happy Birthday to all the July babies and may your world be wonderful. Make sure you celebrate all week long (advantage of weekday birthday). I keep my world fresh and new I leave the country for my birthday as I have done for years, this way I never get older, because I'm not here, I can't possibly get older. It works for me, currently holding at 29. I am just a kid trapped in an old ladies body.

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  1. 2 comments: Responses to “ JULY BIRTHDAYS ”

  2. By truthspew on July 1, 2008 at 9:50 AM

    I have two people in my life with July birthdays, both at the beginning of the month.

    My SO, Keyron is today, July 1st. One of my best friends Kyiesha is the 4th of July.

  3. By Queenie again on July 5, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    You are NOT old. The weather may not be allowing you to leave the country this year but I promise it will be one that you won't forget. :)