Birthday Blessings

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Today is my mother-in-law Janet’s birthday. She is funny, sweet, generous and strong, and defies all stereotypes of evil in-laws. She is one of my best friends.

I remember taking the ferry to meet her the first time. I was so nervous I thought I’d throw up overboard. But from the first warm hug in the ferry terminal parking lot, I knew I had been wrong to worry.

I am amazingly blessed by my relationship with her. She knows me better than almost anyone, and can make me laugh over the phone when things are rough…for example during the pre-bedtime circus with small children or when I wake up after a rough night looking like a porcupine and ready to cry because I can’t even remember to make the coffee. She knows how to put it all in perspective, and loves me despite knowing my worst faults.

So to an amazing person, a super-grandma who is so loved, and one of the most loyal, supportive friends I’ve ever had, happy birthday, and thank you for everything.

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11 thoughts on “Birthday Blessings

  1. Sasha

    Oh, this is so sweet!! How wonderful for you to have such a great relationship with your mother-in-law. I do not think this is a normal occurrence. 🙂

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    1. True…I’m extremely lucky that way. It’s nice to have family-in-law who become real family. We were joking today that there are only a few people in life you’re comfortable to sit around in PJ’s with, and we are with each other! That’s one of the reasons I’m so happy she will to come stay and help when I have the new baby in the fall. She’s lovely because she knows how to encourage without bossing, and support without intruding. And to joke! Laughter is very bonding!

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      1. Sasha

        Oh, I feel happy for you just reading this!! I too have been blessed with a fellow PJ wearing mother-in-law and I too am forever grateful for her!

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      2. My friend Roberta who is a graphic designer and a fellow mom is putting together an anthology of poetry and writing celebrating motherhood, and asked me to let friends know….would you be perhaps interested in contributing something?

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      3. Sasha

        Sounds good, looking forward to hearing from you! I had better get myself in bed now. It is almost midnight! 🙂

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