Today

"I was lying in bed this morning listening to this song that went 'if I had to choose one moment, to live my whole life through...' and I thought, I know exactly what mine would be: the moment I came around from THE MOST SCARY OPERATION IN THE WORLD, twenty-six years ago today, and saw your big beautiful blue eyes staring into mine. I wish someone could plug a USB into my brain and through to my computer screen so that you too could see how beautiful and wonderful you were in that first moment we were introduced. And still are."

---An email from my mother. I'm 26 today.

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barbie2be
Feb 08, 2006

your mom sounds awesome.

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barbie2be
Feb 08, 2006

and oh yeah... Happy Birthday! :)

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karen
Feb 08, 2006

Adorable little baby pictures, Holly! Happy, happy birthday!

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Becca
Feb 08, 2006

Happy birthday! What a great email from your mom.

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lindsay
Feb 08, 2006

it is the most amazing introduction when you meet your child. Happy Birthday!

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MetroDad
Feb 08, 2006

I can't believe your mom knows what a USB is! Very cool. And an amazingly touching e-mail from her. Happy Birthday!

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Nancy
Feb 08, 2006

Happy Birthday. What a cute kid you were.

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Yolanda
Feb 08, 2006

Happy Birthday! Great baby pics- you were terribly cute :)

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Meg
Feb 08, 2006

Happy Birthday, Gorgeous!!

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superfantastic
Feb 08, 2006

Happy Birthday, Holly! May no weather-inappropriate clothing choices or flirty slack-jawed yokels interfere with your celebration.

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dutch
Feb 08, 2006

happy birthday blondie.

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Mary
Feb 08, 2006

Happy Birthday!!

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Mir
Feb 08, 2006

Awwwww, happy birthday, darlin'! You were (and still are) adorable, and your mom sounds like a fabulous lady. I hope you have an awesome day!

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Fraulein N
Feb 08, 2006

That email from your mom is the sweetest! Happy Birthday!

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Irony Queen
Feb 08, 2006

Happy Birthday! Remember, chocolate is our friend.

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krista- the silent k
Feb 08, 2006

It's my sister in laws birthday today too! Happy Birthday!

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Sheila
Feb 08, 2006

Happy Birthday from a cyber-admirer. I can see where you get your expressive writing style from. Enjoy yourself today!

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Adele
Feb 08, 2006

Aw, I have tears in my eyes....how lovely is your mum...and clearly how inspiring are you?

Have a fab day!
xx

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CharlestonGirl
Feb 08, 2006

Have a fabulous non-pointy birthday! The email from your mom brought me to tears. Cherish those moments as they come. Enjoy your day!

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Susie
Feb 08, 2006

Look, Daddy's wearing jeans!

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Blakeburn
Feb 08, 2006

Happy Birthday Burns! Can't believe your dad was all hoodied up in 1980!! xxx

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liz
Feb 09, 2006

how precious. thank you for sharing that wonderful message from your mom. what a special memory. happy birthday.

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RadiantSky
Feb 09, 2006

Happy birthday! It's pretty awesome that your parents put you to work delivering milk at such a young age. You definitely earned your keep! ;) Very cute pictures, hope you had a great day.

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Lynn
Feb 09, 2006

Crap. You went and made me cry.

Happy birthday!

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Susan
Feb 09, 2006

Happy birthday, Holly!

Now I need a tissue.

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Lori
Feb 09, 2006

Awww ... happy birthday. Your mom said it best. How sweet of her to be so eloquent and personal - nothing like a $2.99 Hallmark! Lucky girl!

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Lissa
Feb 09, 2006

That was such a touching story. Happy Birthday. I wish you all the best.

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Gretchen
Feb 09, 2006

"Non-pointy"? Do mine eyes deceive me? It reminds me of Steve Martin's poem about the pointy birds: "Oh pointy birds, oh pointy pointy, anoint my head, anointy nointy."

Happy birthday, and your mum is awesome. I guess I must point (HA!) out at this juncture that since I'm 45, I am absolutely old enough to be your mum myself. Which freaks me out on several levels, but notwithstanding all that, HAPPY BIRTHDAY AGAIN.

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plebbles
Feb 09, 2006

your dad is hot!

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DM
Feb 09, 2006

What a sweet email. I get phone calls from my mother asking "How can I possibly have a daughter as old as you?" Thanks, Mom. Love you too.

Happy birthday!

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Eric
Feb 09, 2006

Happy birthday! At least you remembered yours. And I agree with the above comments -- a wonderful note. Doubly impressed that your mom knows what a USB is. Mine, bless her up and down, barely knows that computers exist.

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samantha
Feb 09, 2006

I'm late, oh so late, but I have a firm belief that birthdays last for several days, if not weeks. What a precious email from your mom (who IS cool enough to know what a USB port is) and here's many wishes for a wonderful year for one of the funniest women of the blogosphere!

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Amelia
Feb 09, 2006

Hello, as awkward as this is, I’m Susie’s friend, and have been more or less ordered to write on your blog, as she thinks that you think, that I’m imaginary (if that makes sense.) I have read most of your stuff, it’s quite a laugh, and considering I'm also an English groupie (like Susie), I enjoy it. I’m excited it’s your birthday, because it is my birthday in a week. Happy Birthday! (Oh yes, and tell Susie to get a tan, because she is now as pale as me, much like snow itself!)

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Emily
Feb 09, 2006

Happy Birthday! Late is better than never. :) Hope your TJMaxx tops worked out ok.

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Nancy
Feb 09, 2006

Happy belated birthday! How was it?

That note from your mom is so sweet; gosh, DK and I are very tenatively on the thinking-of-a-baby wagon and seeing that photo of you curled up on your (very handsome, btw) Dad got me very misty-eyed about family and next generations and my parents as parents and US as parents. In fact, I've quite clearly become incomprehensible. Hope you rang in your 26th birthday in a great new top and with lots of love.

Happy happy!

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nancy
Feb 09, 2006

Ahhh ... how sweet. Now we know where you get your PROPENSITY TO TYPE IN ALL CAPS.

And Happy Birthday! Hope it is the best one yet.

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coolbeans
Feb 09, 2006

What a lovely note from your mother. That's an awesome birthday present.

I hope your birthday was happy.

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lizardek
Feb 09, 2006

A very, very happy, albeit belated, birthday to you, from a lurker-admirer. :)

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Teri
Feb 09, 2006

how very beautiful. happy birthday!

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jes
Feb 09, 2006

Ooh! Happy Belated Birthday!

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ash
Feb 10, 2006

Even though I'm late, Happy Birthday!

Your mom is so sweet, and cool, to know what a USB is!