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Our Home our Haven

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Joyce Mavis and Thelma May Burrows came into the world weighing 3lbs each.
Leonette and Harry Burrows had to place them in the bottom drawer of their cupboard as they were far too small for a cot,they slept in there for many months .
12/12/2012..Joyce turns 92 today.Happy birthday Mum.
It is a happy day and yet so sad for Mum today,next week it will be 7 years since Thelma may passed away,Mums other half,the twin she shared all those 85 years with and misses so terribly.
As I sit here writing this, I listen for a familiar sound of the walker approaching along the hallway and Mum and Molly coming out for their morning coffee,Molly our pup was given to Mum for her 90th birthday and is her constant companion,Mum talks to Molly all day long,it is a delightful thing to see and to hear Mums soft mumbles when they go to bed is so sweet.
The children all live far away but all week there have been presents and cards arriving from her son, nieces old friends who have remembered,from grandchildren,I hid them as they arrived so she will have a lovely time opening them this morning.
A bunch of lovely flowers are waiting on the table for her,she loves flowers and my friend Marg is coming to visit this afternoon and she will stay and share dinner with us as she is one of my friends and Mums favourite .
Sadly I will have to go to work but Mum will have her cards to look at over and over again and she and Molly will no double look at her gifts over and over again and before she knows it I will be back,and we can look at them together again,the thing is when you are 92 you have the joy of the first feelings over and over as you forget what you did 5 minutes ago lol we call it the goldfish syndrome a memory of 3 seconds.Mind you Mum remembers the things you wish she would forget lol it is a wonderful thing to reach this age,,she is in great health,but often says she wished she had gone at the same time as Thelma as age is not kind to us,we want to do things and can't,you can't catch all that is said as everyone is talking so fast,the world in general moves too fast and you can no longer keep up.
The one wonderful thing is the knowledge that you have and the wisdom,if only all the young ones would sit and listen for awhile.Mum has seen wars come and go,seen her Dad go to war and then many years later her son.
She has seen fashions come and go and come again and now some are back yet again lol how fantastic!
The bread and milk come by horse and cart and then the change to modern vehicles.
The list goes on and on and on.
She tells us of the fun at the dances,having a dance card and all the wonderful innocence of life back then,o'h we could all learn so much no wonder the elderly are just not able to understand "the kids of today".
Happy Birthday Mum, we are so glad you live at our home and we would not have it any other way.We can make the rest of your days comfy and with company,I could not bear it if Mum lived alone in some little flat somewhere.
I will take some pics today and Kath my Pc still won't let me take Picasa off and so I am in a spot that the kids will fix at Christmas for me so then I will invade you all with catch up pics.
Thanks for visiting,wish you could have some cake,as I have been writing this I stopped for a while,I heard Mum approaching down the hall,Molly has been out to the grass for a wee,I have made Mum and I a cuppa,now we wait patiently for Bob to get up so we can open Mums gifts because they are hidden in our room lol it is just 5.30am and already we have been up awhile.
Mums first sight was the flowers, she loved them,Gerbras bright pink and there are deep lilac lillies,I gave her a kiss and said happy Birthday and she said "is it I had forgotten "lol isn't it fantastic!
Bless you Mum,it is selfish but we hope we have you for a while yet sweetie.


  1. Carole, let me be the first one to wish your Mum a very happy birthday. Hope you all are having a lovely day together even though the children and grandchildren are living far away - you, Bob and their gran/greatgran must be very close to their hearts xx

  2. Happy Birthday Joyce!
    Will see you all at the end of the week. Can't wait!

  3. what a loving daughter you are Carole. Happy Birthday Mum! best wishes all the way from England.

  4. Your deep love for your mother shines through.
    Happy birthday to a lovely lady.

  5. Wishing you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mum, hope you have a truly lovely day!


  6. Hello Carole
    Thank you! yes thank you.....your post has made my day....it is so marvelous to read and feel the love you have for your mother seeping out from among these words of yours.
    Please give my most fondest regards to your mother on her 92nd birthday from someone she doesn't know ...someone across the pond miles and miles away who is sweetly reminded of her own mother these nine years gone. Bless you Carole's Mum have a wonderful wonderful day!


  7. How gorgeous to have your mum there with you, I hope she has many more birthdays too, ..

  8. Birthday greetings to your Mum from over the ditch. I hope you had a wonderful day and have many more to look forward to.


  9. happy birthday joyce have the most wonderful day.xx

    lovely post Carole.xx

  10. Have a wonderful day today as you celebrate your Moms birthday. I think you are a real blessing to her - your love shines through the pages.

  11. Please forward my best wishes too; even though some stranger in France is wishing her a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

  12. What a beautiful post. Happy Birthday to your mother.

  13. Happy Birthday Mum!
    Love from Mum
    PS I went dancing with my 90 year old neighbour today. He's never managed 2 dances on the trot but today he was waltzing, quick stepping and asking all the ladies to dance. He enjoys every moment of his dance afternoon.

  14. What a lovely post! Happy birthday to your Mum. Cheers Judy xx

  15. Belated Birthday Wishes to Mum - you are all wonderful - thanks for taking the time to write all these lovely thoughts and words for us to enjoy.
    God Bless you all.
    Greetings from a very wet Northern Ireland