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Old Jan 28, 2014, 1:51 am   #11
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Re: Happy Birthday Frank!

Thank you Jim and Judy.

Yes Judy, my birthday was much warmer than the temps outside.

Jim, I'm not older than dirt, but I "do" remember when all this was just dirt. No building, no roads. Nothing. Just dirt. LOL
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Old Jan 28, 2014, 7:27 am   #12
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As I looked around the room...

It's been several years since I had a party in my honor.

Always before, it was just another gathering to me.
Too many people to talk too, one on one.
Confusing to be in, and always expected to see them again soon, somewhere, anyway.

This year it was different.
I finally realized, that we may not always have "another time" to get together.
Our family has lost two brothers this past year. And before that, we've lost two sisters, both parents, and many other other relatives.

This party wasn't as confusing to me, as most get togethers are.
I didn't get to talk one on one to each, as I always wish. Nobody can accomplish that! LOL

But this year, I can recall in perfect clarity, each, and every one there. I can name names and tell you exactly where they sat at dinner. I can see it all. I hope it always stays with me.

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As I looked around the room...
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I saw each person there and realized. I was only third from the oldest, out of eight children, in the family.
Time is short, but it stood still for for me right then.
I made eye contact with each and every one during the evening without speaking. Just contact.

They didn't know it, but I was taking a mental snapshot of them to keep forever.
I will always see each, and every one, clearly as they looked at me that day.
Where they sat, and how they laughed.

Each one has brought good things to me. Love, joy, kindness, laughter, memories, fun, comfort and more.
Each one brings a different smile, and memories, to my heart and mind.
Each different, but there in my heart. Still important. Still special.

I can see the face and grin, above the hand extended, to shake mine across the table that was between us, and a hug.
I can see twinkles in eyes, caught across the room.
I can see your smiles directed toward me from time to time, from here, and over there too.

I can see the hugs coming from my children, and still feel them around me.
I can feel the love of my special and wonderful family.
I can feel the impact each had on my life, and am thankful for that, and them.

You've all made my life richer.
I have all of you to thank for these feelings, memories and such.
But ,I have my wife to thank most of all, for bringing us together for my wonderful day with you.
Thank you sweetheart. I will always be grateful for that special day.

Thank you all for being there on short notice in brutal weather.
I love each and every one of you. What a great family!
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Old Jan 29, 2014, 6:43 pm   #13
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Tears to my eyes....
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Old Jan 30, 2014, 8:37 pm   #14
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I am sure glad for all that made it there. It was short notice but the weather has been so nasty, I didn't dare make plans too far out. Thank you all for attending and making the day so special!
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Old Jan 31, 2014, 6:27 am   #15
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Thank you sweetheart. And yes, you DID surprise me.
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Old Feb 3, 2014, 9:15 pm   #16
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HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY FRANK!!!!!! i HOPE IT WAS A GREAT ONE
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Old Feb 3, 2014, 9:31 pm   #17
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sheesh... am I late or what... but...

Happy Birthday!
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Old Feb 4, 2014, 5:43 am   #18
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Thank you both.

Good to see you Vance and Mary. Nice to know you aren't frozen stiff this winter.
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Old Feb 28, 2014, 2:29 pm   #19
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happy belated birthday Frank. sorry so very late, been gone all winter and taking care of my wife. hope to see ya this spring.
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