Friday, August 8, 2008

When I'm 64............

A tribute to my dear Mom, Bev, as she turns the age the Beatles made famous....64, of course!
Thank you to all of you who have been so tremendously kind to send Mom greetings, cards, well wishes, handmade treasures, and most importantly your love, prayers & support as she goes through her treatment for lung cancer. I don't know if I can ever justly represent in my thanks just how much your generosity and kindness have meant to all of us. It really has made the difference in seeing us through this terribly difficult time. And for those of you who included a return address, Mom is steadfastly working her way through sending you a return greeting, if you haven't heard from her already! :-) And for anyone who hasn't had a chance to send Mom postcard or greeting, but would still like to, Mom would LOVE to hear from you. The mail makes her day!! Really!! Just email me using the link her for her address-

Mom is now in her 19th day of radiation treatment. Only 9 more days to go!! She gets the weekends off. So far the side effects have thankfully been minimal, and not nearly as bad as we worried they might be. She has recuperated quite well from the surgery. She's now 2 months post-op! She is still debating the merits vs. drawbacks of taking chemo for her specific cancer, stage and her own particular case.

Mom isn't usually a ponytail wearer, but it has become her hairdo of choice due to its ease of effort while recovering and not feeling 100%. I have to say, I think it looks quite cute & girlish on her. She belies her 64 years!

Happy Birthday Mom!! We love you and hope to celebrate many, many more happy birthdays with you!

When I'm 64

When I get older losing my hair,
Many years from now.
Will you still be sending me a valentine
Birthday greetings bottle of wine.

If I'd been out till quarter to three
Would you lock the door,
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty-four.

You'll be older too,
And if you say the word,
I could stay with you.

I could be handy, mending a fuse
When your lights have gone.
You can knit a sweater by the fireside
Sunday mornings go for a ride.

Doing the garden, digging the weeds,
Who could ask for more.
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty-four.

Every summer we can rent a cottage,
In the Isle of Wight, if it's not too dear
We shall scrimp and save
Grandchildren on your knee
Vera, Chuck & Dave

Send me a postcard, drop me a line,
Stating point of view
Indicate precisely what you mean to say
Yours sincerely, wasting away

Give me your answer, fill in a form
Mine for evermore
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty-four.


Margerie said...

Wow- your mom looks great!! Hope she continues to do well with treatment. And I hope you are hanging in there too. Much love,


Serena said...

Please give a kiss and a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY from me all the way across the world in Australia... Glad to hear the treatment's going well. And that's such a lovely photo !!

Wanda said...

Your Mom is so cute. I'm glad you posted a picture of her. I'm glad you started posting again..I was starting to worry...silly goose that I am. Take care and tell your Mom...Hi and Happy Birthday for me.

Kai said...

So THERE is our Bev! What a BEAUTY she is! How did I KNOW she would be so pretty? Just LOOK at those adorable twinkly eyes! I add birthday wishes to everyone else's & one of those wishes - the BIGGEST one - is for her health to be completely restored. Karen, much love to you, and to your family!

one gal's trash said...

Hi Karen,
Thanks for your sweet comment. I have been dealing with family illness as well and the passing of two friends this summer. It's great to see the photo of your mom. I am sending healing wishes from Portland, Oregon. Loved the posting about your reunion. I went to my 20th, it was a mixed bag. I suggest bringing lots of photos to share and a bottle of something cold to have all to yourself. Have fun!

Gina said...

I'm so glad she is hanging in there. We all wish her well, and much health and healing. She really is cute with ponytails, I think she is very beautiful.

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Your mom is so cute! I love the ponytails.
I'm glad to hear she's doing well with her treatments. I know this must be a rollercoaster of emotions for both of you.
Let her know she has well wishes from Ohio. :)


BTW, our mom's are the same age. (my mom is 64, too)

laura said...

What a beautiful picture and the ponytails are just perfect!

Rhondamum said...

It is so wonderful to see a picture of your mom! You have all been in my thoughts and prayers. Our moms are both in the same phase of getting the rads and considering the chemo.

I would love to send your mom a card. Do I send it to your address or hers? Hope to hear from you soon friend and that you know how dear you are to me! Give your mom a birthday hug for me!


Sandy said...

your mom is ... adorable! seriously ...