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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on June 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: birthday card shopping, grandchildren, grandparenting, Happy Birthday, , , , , sweet sixteen,   

    MISS MOLLY SPECIAL 

    Today is the birthday of a VERY SPECIAL MISS in the lives of mister & missus muse ….and, a very SPECIAL BIRTHDAY as well, for it’s Molly’s sixteenth. Yes, by golly, Miss Molly turns sweet sixteen today, and if I do say so, no sweeter girl has ever turned sixteen — and I do say so, because she has been part of our lives each and every one of those years. But little did we know this would be the case on June 5, 2000, when our next-door neighbor brought her into the world.

    We had just moved into the neighborhood nine months before Miss Molly arrived. Not long thereafter, during a get-together at our house, Molly’s parents asked us a question. Our answer would turn out to lead to enriching the rest of our lives: they asked us if we would take care of Molly on weekdays while they were at work. Although retired, we had plenty to keep us busy….but we said yes, and the rest is her story. Before we knew it, she became the ‘grandchild’ we didn’t have, just as close and dear to us as if she were our own.

    Those first pre-school years remain particularly cherishable (if that’s a new word, there’s no extra charge) as she grew from babyhood and toddlerhood into the little girl I played games (and yes, dolls) with for hours. What an old softy she made of me! On 3/17/04 we began keeping track of her height (3’5″ tall) on a basement wall; the last of many such lines on that wall is dated 3/16/15 (5’4″) — a mark, you might symbolically infer, of how she continued to grow on us as the years slipped by.

    After she started school, she and her older brother were with us for only a few hours after school each day during the school year, but in summer, it was back to full-time grandparenting, including outings to parks, miniature golf, and other venues. Now, all of a sudden, her brother is on active duty in the military, she is taking driving lessons, and I’m a veteran of sizing up Happy 16th Birthday cards, seeking just the right one. Time flies when you’re having fun. 🙂

    I would show pix of Miss Molly but, considering I haven’t told her I was writing this post, that’s not in the cards without her OK. So I hope that instead of a picture being worth a thousand words, in this instance only 421 words will be worth a picture….or perhaps (with love) just four words:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MISS MOLLY!

     
    • leggypeggy 12:17 am on June 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      What a wonderful post and what a wonderful experience you’ve had being ‘grandparents’ to Molly.

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    • Carmen 5:50 am on June 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Those lucky children! :). Beneficial relationship all the way ’round! They do grow up, eh?

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    • scifihammy 6:21 am on June 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      What a wonderful story! 🙂 And how marvellous to be adoptive grandparents all this time.
      Happy Birthday to Miss Molly 🙂

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    • Michaeline Montezinos 6:28 am on June 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This is a heart touching experience with Miss Molly. Read the title and my first thought was the song Good golly MISS MOLLY performed by James Brown and other rock n roll stars. I liked your story very much. It showed us the paternal side if you.

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      • mistermuse 7:26 am on June 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. I also was reminded of GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY. As for my paternal side, Miss Molly brought (and still brings) it out naturally — all I had to do was let it happen. How could I resist? 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 7:31 am on June 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Funny I thought immediately of Good Golly Miss Molly but then I sort of remembered and looked up the lyrics. Not right for the occasion. Just little too suggestive. But Happy Birthday Molly and God Bless.

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    • Joseph Nebus 12:51 am on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Aw, congratulations to her!

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      • mistermuse 9:54 am on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I thank you for her! As for me, I got my congratulations yesterday in the form of a big hug from Molly after she read this post.

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    • Richard Cahill 10:09 am on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Best birthday wishes to your grandchild, Sr. Muse. May she grow up to be beautiful and wise.

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    • mistermuse 10:17 am on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, my friend. If I may expand upon your good wishes: May she grow up to be what she already is.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 11:48 am on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This is really sweet. I’m sure you’ve meant as much to her as she has to you. Being surrounded by loving and supportive adults is a gift to any child 😀 Happy b-day to Molly!

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      • Michaeline Montezinos 12:04 pm on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I was lucky to have four daughters, And now a granddaughter and a great granddaughter. I know how important reliable good men are to a girl. So Happy Birthday Molly and Congratulations to her and you and your wife.

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      • mistermuse 12:56 pm on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I appreciate your comment, Diana. There is more background to this story than I posted, but suffice it to say it turned out to be the best win-win result I could have imagined.

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    • mistermuse 1:04 pm on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you again, Michaeline. May your daughters, granddaughter and great granddaughter continue to bring you joy….as well as your great great granddaughters to come! 🙂

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    • Little Monster Girl 11:01 pm on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      That’s awesome! Happy birthday to Molly! 🍰🎂🍧🍦🍡

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    • mistermuse 7:03 am on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the comment….and the awesome emoticons!

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    • painkills2 7:57 am on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It’s the year 2019, and President Trump has decreed that anyone creating new words must pay for the privilege. Since cherishable has 11 letters, that will be $11 million dollars, payable to Donald Trump Incorporated. (Did you hear that President Trump just purchased South America? It was a cash sale, so according to Decree #69, no taxes were incurred.) 🙂

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    • mistermuse 8:47 am on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Just seeing the words “President” and “Trump” combined is enough to ruin my day….but, for Molly’s sake, I forgive you. 🙂

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      • painkills2 9:36 am on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        C’mon, admit it: Seeing those two words together scared the bejesus out of you. I know I’m feeling a little nauseated just from typing them. 🙂

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    • RMW 1:52 pm on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      At first I thought this was going to be a dog or a cat but when you said 5’4″ I thought maybe a giraffe? What a wonderful experience for you and your “grandchild.” Not everybody would want to take on that responsibility but seems like it worked out all around!

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    • mistermuse 3:21 pm on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Molly may not be a dog or cat, but she certainly is a ‘dear’ – and I’m just a (not so) big teddy bear where she’s concerned! 🙂

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    • BroadBlogs 6:41 pm on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Happy sweet 16th to Miss Molly!

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    • eths 12:50 am on June 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Lovely story and what a wonderful way to exchange love.

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    • mistermuse 6:34 am on June 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you. Like the old song says,
      What the world needs now
      is love, sweet love….

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    • Garfield Hug 5:52 am on June 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      So lovely of mister and missus muse to take on “grand parenting” – you are like her host grand parents! Happy birthday to miss Molly and blessings on you both for the love and friendship you give her😊

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      • mistermuse 7:41 am on June 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks so much. Every child needs to grow up feeling loved and appreciated for who he or she is. I don’t know of anything more important.

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    • restlessjo 3:01 pm on June 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      What a lovely tribute to her. Long may you enjoy your ‘grandchildren’. 🙂

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    • mistermuse 7:31 pm on June 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you. I hope to enjoy them for at least another 16 years, by which time I’ll probably be too old to enjoy anything else. 🙂

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    • inesephoto 6:05 pm on June 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      What a wonderful story! You and Miss Molly enriched each other’s life. It wasn’t a coincidence that you met sixteen year ago 🙂

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    • heidi ruckriegel 8:01 am on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      A real village to raise a child! Lucky Miss Molly. I have two grown-up kids and have just become a grandmother. It’s a whole new experience.

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      • mistermuse 9:25 am on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        It does indeed take a village to raise a child. If only more politicians would become part of that village by looking out for the interests of children as much as they look out for their own interests.
        P.S. Congrats on becoming a new grandmother!

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  • mistermuse 4:20 am on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: April 20, , Happy Birthday, , phonemics, phonetic spelling,   

    IT’S A 3 M BIRTHDAY 

    I know how to spell your name, it’s true….
    But I’m not sure how you pronounce you.
    ‘Tis a rhyming challenge with needs phonemic
    To offer birthday wishes free of seeds polemic.
    So I thought I would try a phonetic 3-way
    And hope you’ll cede me a soupcon of leeway:

    Happy birthday to my blog friend, Michaeline,
    Whose age sets the stage, with old vintage wine,
    For a toast to that well-traveled Ms Michelin,
    Who retired ere tires were invented, way back when.
    And last, but not deceased, I salud! Micheleen,
    Whose birth day was a feast day on this day in 1915.

    Be thee 100 years (less or more),
    May there be another 100 in store.

     
    • Michaeline Montezinos 8:36 am on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      mistermuse, what a lovely poem that uses my name in so many ways! I am thrilled that you wrote this for me. I did not expect anything like this and I am so grateful. You are so very special to me as a friend,collegue and mentor. I certainly will carry this wonderful message with me throughout my day. Thanks you very much for your efforts and your thoughtfulness. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 9:45 am on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        You’re more than welcome, Michaeline. Glad you enjoyed it.

        Oh….and by the way,
        Have a great b-day.
        (Or, as the French say:
        Have a great bidet.)

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        • Mélanie 12:17 am on April 23, 2015 Permalink

          I’ve never heard any French guys saying:”Have a great bidet.”, but: bon et heureux anniversaire: 😉 🙂

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    • arekhill1 9:02 am on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      To even attempt to rhyme “Michaeline” requires more than a soupcon of hubris, Sr. Muse. Congratulations for carrying it off. And Happy Birthday. Ms. M!

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    • mistermuse 9:53 am on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Gracias, Ricardo. You’re right about requiring more than a soupcon of hubris – it also required several trips to my trusty thesaurus….but, all for a very good cause.

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    • Don Frankel 1:33 pm on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Is this our Michaeline from that other site whose name I won’t mention here? Happy Birthday Michaeline!

      And, well done Muse.

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    • mistermuse 4:15 pm on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Her name does sound vaguely familiar, doesn’t it, Don? In fact, I think I hear romantic music playing and someone singing something to her, trying to remember:

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    • Michaeline Montezinos 5:45 pm on May 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I just checked this post again and saw the birthday wishes from Ricardo and Don. Thank you! I liked that song mistermuse. I noticed the band leader’s last name sounded like a Polish one so that is even more appropriate since my family emigrated from Poland many years ago. That was very sweet of you, mistermuse; you made my day!
      (Posted May 22, 2015)

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    • mistermuse 11:28 pm on May 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      This was a British band on a British record label, but Herman Darewski may well have been of Polish ancestry. In any case, I’m glad you liked the song (which was written by Americans!).

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      • Michaeline Montezinos 3:28 am on June 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Herman Darewski is most a Polish name! Most European names ending in “ski” not sky are derived from the ski tree. In fact my first married name had a ski on the end.

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  • mistermuse 7:48 am on January 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Happy Birthday, January 14th, ,   

    TO MY HOUSE-BOUND YOUNGEST DAUGHTER ON HER BIRTHDAY 

    Happy Birthday, Little-Little —

    I love you without acquittal.

    Though you might

    Not be quite

    Fit as a fittle,

    It sure beats seeing

    Little One being

    In the hos-pital.

    Love,

    Dad

     
    • rielyn 4:44 pm on January 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, Dad!
      xoxo 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 5:10 am on January 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Read twice a day and feel better.

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    • mistermuse 6:49 am on January 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      As my mother used to say, listen to the doctor. Thanks, Dr. Don!

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