Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Best Person Oscar

Today is the 100th birthday of a woman I've known my entire life. She loves me so unconditionally that I used to joke that she probably didn't know me that well!
Happy Birthday Jean.

Once when I was 3 or so, we were driving and came upon a trailer full of horses. I begged her to slow down and she did and we followed while I squealed the whole way.

Finally she told me we had to pass the horses or we'd be late. I got so mad I screamed Mean Jean at her. Jean is now mostly blind and half deaf but the most cheerful and upbeat person I have ever known. She once told me she got up every day with a smile on her face and assumed it was going to be a great day. Obviously we're not related.

I still am obsessed with horses and ride whenever I can. Unless I have to sign a release WITH MY HANDS. As you can see on the photo, I USED to be able to write. I'm sure there's a handwriting expert out there amongst you who is looking at that sample and thinking, "Well THAT explains it."

End of chat.


***I can no longer do word verification on blogs that have that feature. It's too hard on my hands, unnecessary and for me, a waste of time. I hope you understand.

12 comments:

  1. Was she even old enough to drive when you were three? (<---- reason #542 why nobody will ever give me a "Best Person" Oscar).

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  2. Wait...did Jenee just insult you? Because if she did, it was REMARKABLY well done and she possibly deserves an Oscar for Smartassedness Without Discovery...

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  3. I love women who live to be 100. If they can do that, they must have some secret to go with their genetic good luck.

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  4. Awe God Bless her lil heart. Thanks Suzy for sharing this. She deserves so much recogniton for what she has seen and endured in her lifetime. Kudos to you!

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  5. Cheerful and upbeat? So you probably did not get "Everyone can bite me Fridays" from her?

    Happy 100th to Jean--that's quite an accomplishment.

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  6. The problem is, "cheerful and upbeat" is rarely funny. Why is that?

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  7. Mean Jean the mean ass machine???

    I couldn't resist.

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  8. Happy Birthday Jean!! So, how do you know her?

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  9. Happy Birthday, Mizz Jean - I love your attitude, and I hope I can one day emulate it.

    Mizz Suzy, I still adore horses...and I still have my Breyer horses from when I was a kid. I miss riding somethin' fierce, and it's one of the things I remind myself of when I want to give up on weight loss - as soon as I lose enough, I'll ride again (I won't put this much weight on a horse...it's just not fair, and I can't afford their chiropractic bills - that's a lot of spine!!)

    Shade and Sweetwater,
    K

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  10. Sweet tribute, Suz.

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  11. Happy Birthday Jean!

    So much to learn from a lady like her--ask LOTS of questions!

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  12. nice to meet jean...hope the ink flow to your hands improves

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