And my Mom decided to mobilize her quite significant forces to make sure I remembered this particular birthday. Which is why, starting early in August I began to get birthday cards, not just from her but from a lot of other people. Some I knew, some I did not. Some explained their relationship to me, which almost always could be summarized as "I know your mom (ha ha ha)." A few did not, like Jenny McDermott, who it turns out in addition to being my sister is someone else entirely.
So anyway, I just wanted to take a moment to offer personal thanks to each of these wonderful individuals for taking the time to brighten the anniversary of the day in which I was born, 33 years ago.
Marge, your selection of cards is almost as extensive as my mom's. (My favorite--and also somehow the most disturbing card I've ever been sent: "The crab is sorry.")
Cousin Laura, Loved the silence card. Totally reusing that. Also, I make wish for goat. Does goat come? No.
Mom: 1) Love the paper clippings. Very serial killer. 2) Love this card made from a photo of the first day Jen had to wear those glasses you and Dad bought her:
Aunt Denny, Thank you for the nicest card of all. (And the funniest. I will find an envelope!) I love you, too.
Eileen and Paul, Cute. Real cute. (PS I am still terrified of the cup.)
Denise Joyce, I'm pretty sure you kissed my envelope. And I don't know how to feel about that.
Marrens, Thanks for the card! I have no idea who half those people are. Sister Mary Adolpha--tell me more.
Tricia Dulkoski -- Thank you, Mom's choir buddy! Sing on!
Ann Solari-Twadell, a great sentiment from Richard Bach. Thanks for it!
Patty and Chuck -- Thanks! I'm sure He did! Then he probably thought, why isn't this building condemned?
Mike and Denise -- Thanks!
Mary Jo, I want everyone to know what you sent me:
A drawing of what looks like a terrible accident or blizzard done by your grandson Declan (thanks, Declan!);
A photo of yourself at age 5 (you were so cute!);
Used, dirty sunglasses;Here it all is together:
A used candle that smells like vanilla that has been burnt;
An empty cigar case;
A Justin Masterson baseball card;
A packet of soy sauce;
A packet of ketchup;
A dented ping pong ball;
A small metal toy car;
A Marco Scutaro baseball card;
A baseball-shaped eraser;
A small Lego monster figure with one arm broken off;
A small tube that looks like the kind of thing someone would use to snort cocaine;
A "Game On!" wrist band;
A small broken pine cone;
6 pieces of "Tropical Twist" flavored Trident;
A box of Tropical Twist Trident, ripped open and empty;
The eye off a doll;
A basketball shaped eraser;
and the broken arm off the Lego monster toy.
My Mom also sent a care package, which included:
A light-up boomerang that neither lights up nor comes back;
Slippers stolen from the Hilton;
A glow in the dark skeleton hand that will be really cool and probably also give me cancer if I can just figure it out;
(It doesn't do anything but just sit there, so I'm calling it Maverick.)Here it all is together:
A giant fold up plastic checkers game;
A skateboard for your finger (which comes with instructions on how to do spins...on your finger);
A Zombie Sea Monkey;
A glow in the dark Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles yo-yo to go with the other two glow in the dark yo-yos you sent me last year;
Paint-by-Number plastic Sun Catchers of a Peace Sign and the word "LOVE";
Duck Dynasty stickers, including one that says "Redneck Approved";
A plastic candle that supposedly plays music if you light it, but I can't tell because the instructions are 100% in Chinese;
A homemade card with a fat police man on it.
2 Kays and a Betty -- Thanks! I loved your last album! When are you teaming up with One Direction???
Bonnie Eiffes -- Thanks! What a lovely photo!
Joji -- Thank you! Love the card. Enjoy your new archbishop; he's fantastic!
Pam and Rich -- Thank you! And thanks to your granddaughters! What a cool looking card. (Bedazzled!)
Club Sister Jo, you are never too late!
Myles and Annie -- I hard the angel singing! (Is that what an angel alert sounds like??)
Scott--Puzzle card: Best. Idea. Ever. #FTW
Mary R -- Hola, y muchas gracias! Hope Spain is treating you great. My parents are looking forward to coming.
Roberta and John -- Thank you! And you bet, my prayers are yours.
Steve and Jeanne, Thanks! Can't believe you have two boys born on the same day. They must be very very special.
(Other) Jenny McDermott--Thanks! It kind of freaks me out that you have my sister's name.
Lynn-Thanks! (I want to say something clever here, but I threw out your card before I decided to do this! All kinds of classy, me.)
Maverick -- NO. BAD DOG! BAD.
Best 30th birthday gift ever! Thanks, Mom! And thanks everybody!