Happy SEVENTIETH Birthday, Mom!

Can I just say, I’m hoping and praying that I look this good when I turn 70!  My mother is beautiful inside and out.  She does not look 70!  At all!  She’s even got her bling-on-denim going on here:  (She was 69 1/3 years old in this photo, just for the record.)

You know how your parents are your parents and you don’t think they should really be anything different than they are?  (Was that confusing?)  It’s like growing up in your family, no matter the financial circumstances you think it’s the same for everyone else.  Anyway, I have watched my parents gracefully age, but I did not fully understand how young they look until Rick and I were on a cruise a few years back.  They had a nearly-wed game and called three couples to the front to participate:  The newest married, 25 years married and 50 years married.  I was thinking in my head that the 50 year couple was only two years ahead of my parents, but I was spellbound when I witnessed this little, hunched-over, grey haired couple shuffle to the front of the ship.  They looked 20 years older than my folks.  Rick’s mouth was hanging open as he also witnessed the shuffle.  Without taking his eyes off the elderly couple he proclaimed, “Your parents look GREAT!” 

So upon this glorious day celebrating my mother’s 70th Birthday, I thought a photo essay of 70th Birthday pictures was entirely appropriate.  (I love Google images.)  First up we have Eleanor Roosevelt in all of her glory cutting her cake.  Sorry mom, that your cake was not quite this elaborate.  We did the best we could under the current Weight Watcher’s point system.  Not only do these two fine ladies share a name, but I think Eleanor kind of looks like my mom’s mother a little bit.  There is a resemblance.

Next on the block is an unknown 70 year old celebrating like the best of ’em.  Look at her fingering… you can tell she is used to holding a six string.  (I never thought of getting blow-up musical instruments for your party, Mom….. sorry again.)


And here’s a real beauty, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, who turned 70 earlier this year.  She is grace and dignity, just like my mom.

Is anyone else sensing the difference between the ladies in the last three photos and the one of my mom???  Or is it just me?  Am I biased?  Is it these rose colored glasses I have on????  Am I the only one who thinks my mom is prettier than your mom??? (oooooh, Mom told me never to say that.)

Happy 70th Birthday, Mom.  You are the best mom in the world.  You’re fun and fun-loving, and fun to tease, and fun to be with.  F-U-N!  (And I’m really your favorite, aren’t I?)

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10 Responses to “Happy SEVENTIETH Birthday, Mom!”

  1. morethananelectrician Says:

    She must take care of herself. I wouldn’t put her a day over 55.

  2. Jennie C. Says:

    Queen B perhaps has grace and beauty – but definitely doesn’t hold a candle to your Mom. She really does look amazing. Wishing her many more years of bling…

  3. Jill Says:

    Was she like frozen for ten years?? Twelve?? Well…… I guess that’s what belly-dancing will do for you! : )

  4. conniewoman Says:

    I hope Uncle Ed took her out to a fancy restaurant with REAL tablecloths…not just the red and white check ones at the “fancy” places Paul goes to…are you sure you didn’t photo shop her picture…? She does look amazing! HAPPY 70th GRACE!

  5. Mom Says:

    It’s hard to believe that the BIG 70 has arrived! My wonderful family and friends have given me the BEST TWO DAY CELEBRATION EVER! Thanks to Linda for this great blog she wrote. I am so blessed in my kids. Christy wrote a card with 70 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT MY MOM – some funny memories and lots of other neat things. Rob is going to paint my dull laundry room a sunny yellow – what a great gift. Thanks for all the wonderful comments! I’m one happy 70 year old. Actually it was a little hard typing that number in. Love and hugs to all, Grace

  6. katie Says:

    She is pretty

  7. katie Says:

    u r so pretty I used to know you!

  8. katie Says:

    hi conniewoman

  9. Sophie Says:

    Your mom does have a lot of bling, I hope she will stay this way forever!

  10. Happy birthday Eleanor! « Everyday Feats of Courage Says:

    […] Park, New York. The cake in the photo is a replica of the cake pictured below (which I found in this interesting blog), which was created in honor of Eleanor’s 70th birthday in […]

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