Happy Birthday Patty

“What do you want for your birthday?” All of her answers were something functional for the house. She mentioned only one thing for herself – a purse. I don’t pick out purses. I learned that lesson picking out jeans 20 plus years ago.

Over Patty’s 33 birthdays I have celebrated with her, no you will not get me to divulge her age, she always prefers something that benefits more than just her. I could tell stories of how hard it is to get her to buy things for herself. She would prefer to give than receive.

Patty remarked while we were going through our morning routine, “Everyone should get their birthday off from work.” I told her I agreed. Not everyone feels this way. Most important employers. She went to work.

In her heart I know she has what she wants for her birthday. Just look at that photo again. Just one week later and Max would have been born on her birthday. Not a bad present for a Grammy. No, knowing her girls, their husbands, and her grands are close is present enough. Keeping with her way of being in the world, she will give to them before she thinks about receiving.

Here’s to my best friend. Happy Birthday Patty.

About the Author
Husband to Patty. Daddy to Kimberly and Tommie. Grandpa Doc to Cohen, Max, Fox, and Marlee. Pastor to Snow Hill Baptist Church. Graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Reading. Photography. Golf. Colorado. Jeeping. Friend. The views and opinions expressed here are my own and should not be construed as representing the corporate views of the church I pastor.

4 comments on “Happy Birthday Patty

  1. But she still needs that new purse to tote the latest snapshots of the precious grandsons, and goldfish and Nemo snacks, and hand wipes, ……

  2. You are right! And, she should have what she needs to secure just such a purse.

  3. Hi There Todd Littleton,
    I just stumbled across this and, Possibly the most widely-recognized song in the English language, “Happy Birthday to You” didn’t start out as a song of birthday good wishes. The tune of this beloved ditty was penned in 1893 by school teacher sisters Mildred Hill and Patty Hill. The two teachers wanted a sing-song greeting with which to welcome their young charges to school each day.
    Catch you again soon!

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