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Birthday Wishes

Started by lancaster lady, February 29, 2012, 01:14:40 am

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lancaster lady

Dearest Luise ,

Hope this day will be as Special as You are .
Sending love on your Birthday ,
May it be filled with sunshine and smiles , laughter and love .
Happy Birthday ...... :-* :-*

Beth 2011

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Ms. Luise!!!
Happy Birthday to you.....and many morrreee!!!!!

You are wonderful and real.  Enjoy your day!

FAFE

Happy Birthday to a very WISE lady, who is loved and respected by a whole lot of wimmen around the world.  Hope this is your very best one ever!!!!

Pen

Have a wonderful birthday  :D  Luise, you are an amazing role model, listener, & motivator. Thanks for all the love and support you've given us, and I hope you feel we give those back to you. May your new year be even more fulfilling and joyous!
Respect ... is appreciation of the separateness of the other person, of the ways in which he or she is unique.
-- Annie Gottlieb

luise.volta

Thanks! It is on March 9th...but I am going to save all your messages!  ;D ;D ;D Kirk always comes well before my birthday, stays after it...and spoils me rotten! :-) And just before he leaves, he is taking me over the pass to visit Sonja for a week. My cup runneth over! "85 and still alive!" Whoa!
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. Dalai Lama

FAFE

Luise, I will never forget your birthday (now that I found out when it really is), because March 9th is also my DH's birthday! 

Pen

IMO, birthdays should last several days. We're just getting a head start on yours, Luise :)
Respect ... is appreciation of the separateness of the other person, of the ways in which he or she is unique.
-- Annie Gottlieb

luise.volta

Thank you. I was raised during the worst of the great depression. In a suburb of Detroit, so there was no garden or chickens to see us though. The only two days we ever got any kind of a gift were Christmas and birthdays and on Christmas everyone else got one. (Gifts were things like home made pajamas, etc.) We got new shoes in the fall when school started and hand-me-downs otherwise. So, the message I got was that of course the banks and post office must be closed as well, on March 9th...and it surely was a national holiday! LOL! The other big deal was we got to pick the menu for our birthday dinner...but that was safe...we never picked anything expensive because we had never eaten anything expensive. I always picked baked heart or tongue...which were free because the butcher threw them away. The magic of it all is still in my genes and 85 seems like a really impressive number! :-)))
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. Dalai Lama

Pen

I love reading about your life, Luise. Thanks for sharing your stories.

My mom's dad lost everything in the Depression and had to move west to start over. They didn't have money to spend on celebrations, but instead did special things for the kids that cost next to nothing. I always enjoyed hearing about those times.
Respect ... is appreciation of the separateness of the other person, of the ways in which he or she is unique.
-- Annie Gottlieb

luise.volta

Those times were the "norm" for us...and we didn't really question it. I had one birthday party in my entire childhood. I can still see the St. Patrick's Day decorations! It always felt like a miracle to me and I never gave a thought to having any more. The gifts that I got were not home home-made pajamas...and I can still recall and "feel" the wonder of it all! That was 80 years ago! My idea of a "rich kid" was someone who got to have hot lunches at school. They were .25 cents each and way beyond our means. When we had a really special day...my dad would bring home a candy bar and cut into five pieces. We loved that!:-)
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. Dalai Lama

jill

Happy Birthday to a Great Lady.

Jill

Ruth

oh holy moly this brought back memories!  I also had only one b/d party in my life Luise, I remember it like it was yesterday!  It was combined with my Christmas, 13th to be exact.  I got to have a skating party, and I got a tartan plaid wool mini skirt and dyed to match pull over sweater, and little white go go boots.  I felt like I had died and gone to heaven.  And no, I never expected to have another one now that you mention it.  I never got b/d presents either.  Mama always baked us a homemade cake, sometimes with candles and sometimes not.  I never felt deprived.  ....how things have changed!   Happy happy birthday Luise!  I laughed so hard about your comment re. being married five times.  You have changed my life in so many ways.  I'm sure we differ in our views on life in some ways, but I believe you have brought an element of freedom and release into my life for which I owe a debt that would be impossible to repay.  many joys to you!  I do love you!

luise.volta

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. Dalai Lama

firelight

well, luise, 85 IS an impressive number! 

but I'm making you wait till March 9 to wish you a happy one.....  ;)

My grandmother (98) told me some whopper of stories that are really amazing to believe.....the things that you depression era peeps endured is too wild to make up.....  I love hearing the stories of my grandmother's childhood/young adulthood.  Even though some of it isn't very pretty....but the way she tells it makes one feel like I'm looking into a window at it all.  The things we take for granted today, no one takes for granted who went through the depression.
Firelight

"When you allow life to flow... without struggle... your Soul is restored."   ~z2z~

luise.volta

We sat down at a table where a pure linen tablecloth and matching linen napkins complimented bone china, crystal goblets and sterling silver...and all there was to eat was water based soup. The linen was laundered every week in a tub with a scrub board and rung through a hand wringer for multiple rinses, then starched and hung out doors, even in the winter where it froze as stiif as a board, and then it was sprinkled and ironed. My mother, who had a college degree, worked like a mule. She darned our socks, and turned the collars on my father's shirts and replaced his worn pockets. But we had no concept of poverty...everyone was in the same boat.
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. Dalai Lama