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Wed Apr 24, 2019, 10:20 PM

It's heartening to know "Ya done good." Especially on your birthday.

68 years old today. My older son was born a month before my 39th birthday, and turned 29 last month. Today, I got a heartmeltingly eloquent email from him. Here is an excerpt.


Itís only as Iíve gotten older that Iíve seen the negative effects of the parenting styles to which some of my friends have been subjected. Iíve seen how that has affected their ability to form loving and healthy relationships. Itís only by having these negative examples as comparisons that Iíve been able to truly appreciate how lucky I was to be raised by you and Dad.

Words probably donít do this sentiment justice, but thank you for all the sacrifices youíve made over the years. Driving to countless soccer games, bringing me forgotten homework assignments, and putting T***** and me first even when it was hard.

Thank you for allowing me to speak my mind even when I was difficult or disobedient, and thank you for nurturing my intellectual curiosity and helping instill a love of words, books, and information.


The boy has a way with words. I could not have asked for a more meaningful gift. I've read this at least 10 times already, and it will likely be the last thing I look at before turning the lights out tonight. I told him that when you are nuturing someone you love you are not sacrificing.

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Reply It's heartening to know "Ya done good." Especially on your birthday. (Original post)
3catwoman3 Apr 2019 OP
LonePirate Apr 2019 #1
spanone Apr 2019 #2
Kind of Blue Apr 2019 #3
3catwoman3 Apr 2019 #4
Kind of Blue Apr 2019 #5
MLAA Apr 2019 #8
Kind of Blue Apr 2019 #11
BigmanPigman Apr 2019 #6
Karadeniz Apr 2019 #7
MLAA Apr 2019 #9
lucca18 Apr 2019 #10

Response to 3catwoman3 (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 10:23 PM

1. You have a good son and he has a good mom! Happy Birthday, btw.

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 10:32 PM

2. ❤️

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 10:35 PM

3. Aww... all day long I've been hearing the song I must have done

Something Good. I thought it was just being happy to be alive and grateful for all of my countless blessings. So your beautiful post urged me to place this lovely refrain on someone besides myself. I know it's from a romantic love song but who do we fall in love with more than our kids. And for them to love us back so strongly, we must have done something good.

Perhaps I had a wicked childhood
Perhaps I had a miserable youth
But somewhere in my wicked, miserable past
There must have been a moment of truth
For here you are, standing there, loving me
Whether or not you should

So somewhere in my youth or childhood
I must have done something good

Nothing comes from nothing
Nothing ever could
So somewhere in my youth or childhood
I must have done something good

Something Good from The Sound of Music

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Response to Kind of Blue (Reply #3)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 10:38 PM

4. One of my favorite scenes from...

...that movie. That, and the scene where the captain and Maria dance together.

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #4)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 10:42 PM

5. ...

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Response to Kind of Blue (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 12:06 AM

8. Love that song and scene too!

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Response to MLAA (Reply #8)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:11 PM

11. Yeah, they capture so much!

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 10:54 PM

6. "They say it's your birthday...happy birthday to you"...the Beatles.

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 11:05 PM

7. What a good son to show he appreciates your parenting! You excelled at the most important

Job there is...crow!❤

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 12:07 AM

9. 🥳🍻🍰🎂🍦

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 01:06 AM

10. So beautiful......

This made my heart smile.

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