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.


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

  2. Anonymous1:21 AM

    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...

  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.

  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!

  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.

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

  7. Mean Jean the mean ass machine???

    I couldn't resist.

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

  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's just not fair, and I can't afford their chiropractic bills - that's a lot of spine!!)

    Shade and Sweetwater,

  10. Anonymous7:23 PM

    Sweet tribute, Suz.

  11. Happy Birthday Jean!

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

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