Wow. What can I say that hasn’t already been said a thousand times before by EVERYONE in this family at one time or another? Ann, you’re the best!
Just saying “Happy 50th Birthday Ann” is not quite enough, although it is still all well and good to do so. So, Happy 50th Birthday, from me, your sibling # 2.
This is truly a milestone year for you Ann. You’ve reached the half-way mark in life and you’ve arrived in mighty fine shape if you ask me! Your next 50 years are sure to shine even brighter.
When I think about all that you’ve meant to me as my younger sister, well, it’s hard for me to come up with appropriate words that won’t sound too gushy (you know, it’s a guy thingy.)
I have so many fond memories over the years, but I must admit that my most treasured memories have been during the past ~ 20 years or so, from around the early-90’s and forward – mostly during my many treks home for the holidays over Thanksgiving or Christmas, or during Mom’s 65th and Mom’s 75th Birthday celebrations; even during dad’s funeral. Regardless of the circumstances or the occasion, it’s always good to see Annie Pooh!
So, while I’m not so good with “mushy” words and such, I can tell a story with pictures because pictures speak louder than words if you ask me. So here are a few of my finer memories over the not too distant past . . .
Every time I see you, you’ve got a smile on your face. You’ve got such a cheerful disposition. When people meet Annie Pooh, smiles and laughter break out spontaneously;
You have a humble servant’s soul – you are always giving of your time and resources to others as an act of sacrificial love. You never complain, you never gripe about doing anything and you give to others freely because that really makes you happy! It’s obvious to me that you derive great joy in giving to others, no matter the occasion – even when it’s Christmas!
Not many people can do that. I wish I had that same sunny disposition myself, but alas, it’s just not in the cards for me . . . I’m more like this guy . . .
When you and I worked at clearing out the shrubbery, ivy, bushes, trees, and other overgrowth during mom’s 75th Home Improvement Project, you worked until the wee hours of the night; it was back-breaking work and we laughed through it all. In spite of how hard that was on our bodies, it was still fun because you made it fun! Remember? We had a truck. We had this long-ass chain. If it had a root attached to it, we were yanking that sucker right of the ground! Yahoo! I’d do all over again in heartbeat!
Remember these “before” and “after” scenes?
And do you remember that debris pile from hell? OMG! We loaded that sucker piece-by-piece onto a flat-bed trailer over the course of two days before that pile went bye-bye to the Midland landfill. It was quite amazing that Tony was able to create that pile all by himself and yet it took you, me and Tommy two whole days to clear it! However, it is still a good memory for me in the end. And I know mom appreciated all the hard work we did together as a team and a family.
And how about all those shrubs and bushes in the backyard? We pulled those suckers out by hand, before we learned about . . . the “Truck & Chain magic trick.” My oh my what a chore that was, but how nice it turned out in the end. You never complained. Never grumbled. You just gave of your time and your sweat and got the job done – and then you single-handily painted that fence! Nice.
And then we got that really nice storage building for mom and we set it up just so . . . nice and tidy!
And then Andrea planted that awesome little garden for mom. How cool was that!
Team work really paid off here . . . and Ann, you were an integral part of that entire project – start to finish. Way to go Annie Pooh!
But I suppose that above everything else, just knowing that you’re “being there” for mom and Aileen over all these years has meant the world to me and to the rest of the family. It is such a comfort to know that Ann is there and always available for whatever need may arise. Whatever is needed – anytime – Ann is there to help with a cheerful smile and a giving heart!
I know that mom and Aileen really appreciate all that you do immensely. Plus, you’re pretty good with guns, and I’m confident that you’ve got their backs at all times!
I could go on and on here. But, I’ll stop now . . .
I don’t say it enough, but I will now; you are loved by all of us!
HAPPY 50th Annie Pooh!