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Today is my mom’s birthday. I saved a copy of the letter my dad wrote her on her 50th birthday, 20 years ago (sorry to spill the age beans, mom). He has always hand made her cards for every occasion and written her embarrassingly witty and silly notes. Once when they were in college, he wrote a love letter across an entire roll of tracing paper from end to end and mailed it to her in a tube. He’s made pop-up cards for her and intricately cut cards using an X-acto before laser cut cards were popular. She has so many of these letters saved, but I thought I’d share this one in particular today because it will embarrass her the most. It is full of things that most likely only my family will understand. It is so Smith. It is so my parents. They are quirky and amazingly matched. They make fun of each other and put up with each other. Most of all they love each other.
“….I don’t always remember to check the cars to see if they’re locked….and I don’t always remember to flush the toilet every time I pee and I don’t always put the dishes in the dishwasher the way you want me to….and I sometimes get upset when the kids do something that irritates me.”

“…I’m glad we’re husband and wife and I hope you continue to have many more birthdays and we continue to have many more years together. I sure do love you. I can’t believe you’re 50 years old and I’m 49.”

Happy birthday, Mom. I love you, and hope I can be as wonderful a mom to my kiddos as you are to me.

Wooch - You know I do understand all of this because the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and I married that “apple.”
Your mom, and your parents are the cat’s meow, and I am grateful to have them as role models for our whole family.
My hope is I can only aspire to be as half as graceful as H.Tims in his wit, care for his wife, and love for his family, for mine.
I love you Nani…You ROCK my world!!!
Happy Birthday Gramzie, you are very loved :)

Megan - Happy birthday JoAnn! I have so many happy childhood memories at your house and in your Girl Scout troop. You always took us in and treated us as your own kids. I love looking at Jill’s pictures and seeing you as a grandma. The role seems to fit you perfectly! What a lucky family you have to have an amazing woman leading them.

Bobby - Wow!!! Just wow!!!

That’s a special family.

Gerry - I will never forget our times together..our dolls, parakeets., was it Melvin and Oscar
( My father in law) We tried to come up with strange names) Our paper dolls, clothing and houses we designed with everything to bowling alleys..I still cant’t bowl. Now we are both cancer survivors and still soul sisters. Loved the times in scouts and missed the times we did not connect in High school. So glad you were there for for my wedding. BFF…I will be joining you for the big B day soon. Glad to be happy and healthy! Family will all go to Disney World for birthday here in Naples for the 4th. Love and blessings! Gerry

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