Saturday, September 24, 2011

A Perfect Day......

I have had the.perfect.birthday.
Slept late, ate well, had our nails done, and shopped til we dropped!

I held on to something as I tried on these 5 inch stilettos! I have not worn heels in years!!! NEVER like this! I managed to stagger down the isle before taking them off.
It wasn't pretty!

Amber wears this type all the time!!

I have spoken to all four of my children today.

I reminded them that I am - as of today - the very same age as Mrs. Morrison when I first met her. I was 15 years old - and I thought she was so OLD.
She had an everlasting influence on me and all four of my children. Summer was a newborn when we moved into Mrs. Morrison's apartment house. Back then rent was $15 a week. It was 1963.
Mrs. Morrison was an important person in our lives. She was there for me when Jesse, Jr. was born and lived on to impact the lives of Amber and Benjamin some 19 and 21 years later. She was the most amazing person I have ever known. She traveled to Dallas in a covered wagon. The trip from West Texas took two weeks. I loved hearing her tell about her history. I only wish I would have listened more carefully. And I hope she knows how much we all loved her and how much she meant to us. Her own family did not realize how awesome she was and took her for granted. She was always a part od our lives from the moment we met her and I count it as one of God's best blessings that I knew Mrs. Morrison.
Her name was Hallie and for years she worked at Frito Lay. She retired and ran something akin to a boarding house. I went to church with her when I was young. In later years the kids and I - first Summer and Jesse - then, in turn - Amber and Benjamin- would attend WMU with her on Tuesdays. I think that stands for Womens's Missionary Union. I hope I 'grow up' to be half the woman Mrs. Morrison was!!

We are now finishing up our good day in the comforts of Amber's home.
I have poured my wine and lit my new 'birthday candle'....
lots of good food to nibble on and a movie is now playing - 'Nights in Rodanthe.'
Life is good and I am grateful!

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
 ~Robert Byrne


Unknown said...

Those are some shoes! I'd bust my butt if I tried to wear anything like that. Glad you had a great birthday!

Deb said...

my daughter would love those shoes...she also wears the high ones...of course she got pointe shoes at 9 years old...I think that helped her with the high happy you are having a great definately deserve it...

Kathy said...

Happy birthday! Sounds as if you having the best week ever. I could never wear heels that high, not even as a teenager or young adult. It's just not me (or my knees!).

Thsnk you for telling us about Hallie. She sounds like quite a woman. I wish I could have met her.

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

What a neat story of a wonderful woman. I know that you are the same kind of wonderful woman. Happy Birthday!

Luann said...

What a nice tribute to Mrs. Morrison. I think the gratitude to those special ppl God has brought across our path is what it's all about. Mine was a german landlady we had... Frau Engel. She grew to love and spoil my three sons and treated me as a daughter. She taught me about seperating buisness from friendship and all I do know about gardening. Glad you had such a wonderful fun filled day and I look forward to your blog postings for this next year to come. Love you Sis.

Pondside said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful birthday and your reminisces with us, Linda. It sounds to me like you had the sort of birthday that we'd all love - and speaking with each of your children is really the icing on the cake.
Your dear old friend sounds like she was a blessing in your life - we all need a Mrs Morrison!

peggy said...

Happy Birthday to ya and I loved your story about Mrs. Morrison. I would have liked to have known her and pestered her to tell more about that wagon trip.

And girl, you looked good in those shoes! What fun.

Carla said...

I'd be wearing my high fashion black boot again if I tried to wear those. I can't remember the last time I wore heels. lol