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A son … ‘daring and loving and strong and kind’

 Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????“I have a son, who is my heart. A wonderful young man, daring and loving and strong and kind.” — Maya Angelou

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Matt! I have to indulge a bit today since it’s my son’s birthday.

In this picture he was four years old as he held his six-month-old sister. He was my little buddy who arrived three weeks early on a February day … a cheerful first born of a first born of a first born who was the first grandchild and only grandson.

Thoughtful and introspective, and a source of joy since the day he arrived, this tiny six-pound baby became a little blond curly-headed boy who loved baseball and soccer, and grew into a kind, loving, industrious young man who is now almost six feet tall.

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A little girl named Katy

By Lynn R. Mitchell

1 Wearing Pappaw’s hat – age 3.

Happy Birthday to my sweet girl!

In 1987, October 3 was a Saturday just as it is this year which has opened a flood gate of memories that take me back to twenty-eight years ago today. It had been warm in Iredell County, NC, that fall — typical for our western Carolina location — but a cold front was expected to pass through on Friday night, October 2, that would significantly cool down our area located at the Brushy Mountains, the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Even though I was nine months pregnant, we were preparing to attend the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival just as we did every year, located thirty minutes up the road in North Wilkesboro.

The expected cold front came through that Friday night, and Saturday was overcast and cool but instead of attending the festival, we began the day with the newest member of our little family. Three-year-old Matt was at the hospital with us, sleeping on my bed and watching Saturday morning cartoons as he waited to find out if he had a little baby brother or sister.  We had two names picked out: Katelyn for a girl, and Andrew for a boy. We got our Katelyn and her dad promptly wrote “Katy” on the name card located in her nursery bassinet.

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Happy 90th Birthday, former First Lady Barbara Bush … June 8, 2015

George W. Bush and Barbara

Mrs. Bush with her son, former President George W. Bush.

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Won’t you join me in wishing Mrs. Barbara Bush a happy 90th birthday?

My birthday message to Mrs. Bush:

Happy 90th birthday, Mrs. Bush — our favorite sassy First Lady! Thank you for all you do for literacy and America.

The response:

Dear Lynn,

Thank you for sharing your birthday message on the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Wishing Wall to honor Mrs. Bush and help celebrate her 90th birthday. We know it will be very meaningful to her to hear from those who share in her love of reading.

Please share this unique opportunity to wish Mrs. Bush a happy 90th birthday by inviting your family and friends to visit the Wishing Wall.

There is much to celebrate and thank you again for being part of this significant milestone in the life of our founder, Barbara Bush.

If you would like to make a donation to the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy in honor of Mrs. Bush’s 90th birthday, please visit our donation page.

Sincerely,

Liza McFadden
President and CEO, Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

Join the Today Show this morning when Jenna Bush Hager interviews her Gammy. Be sure to visit the Barbara Bush Foundation Facebook page where the former First Lady has been receiving birthday greetings from a variety of folks, famous and otherwise — and you can add yours, too.

Barbara Bush … one of America great ladies. Happy Birthday … may she have many, many more.

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A son … ‘daring and loving and strong and kind’

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????“I have a son, who is my heart. A wonderful young man, daring and loving and strong and kind.” — Maya Angelou

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I have to indulge a bit today since it’s my son’s birthday. In this picture he was four yeas old holding his six-month-old sister … my little buddy who arrived three weeks early on that February day, a cheerful first born of a first born of a first born who was the first grandchild and only grandson. Thoughtful and introspective, and a source of joy since the day he arrived, this tiny six-pound baby became a little blond curly-headed boy who loved baseball and grew into a kind, industrious, hard-working young man who is now six feet tall.

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Birthdays, Bearing Drift, and friends

Flowers from Bill 2015By Lynn R. Mitchell

I cannot let my February 9th birthday slip too far past without thanking the many who left comments on Facebook, the kind remarks, the private messages, the flowers from SWAC Husband, lunch from SWAC Son, ceramic snowflake bowl from SWAC Daughter, phone calls, and the hard copy cards in snail mail.

I also wanted to thank Jim Hoeft, my old boss at Bearing Drift, for his kind remembrance of both Jim Bacon and myself (see Happy birthday, Lynn Mitchell and Jim Bacon):

Two of my favorite Virginia writers have their birthday today: Lynn Mitchell and Jim Bacon.

These two bring a wealth of ideas, generate conversation, and, most importantly, share with us their incredible talent.

The entire blogging community is better because of the gift they have given us of their time and candor.

Happy Birthday!

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