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She arrived a few days before Father Day and put my husband on the list.  I had put my foot down and would not let him climb Mt. Rainer, because climbers never got home on any kind of schedule and the due date was just two weeks away.  Thank goodness, IT GIRL was over a week early.

Determined was the arrival, right arm and head in rapid descent.

It was a birthday I will never forget.

I have heard said that the oldest child is the most independent; in this case it is true.  IT GIRL was always teaching herself something new.   At six months, it was no more breast feeding and bottle – it was CUP.

Crawling was for about a day and a half and we went right into walking – everywhere.  We could not keep her away from water, because we were living in such a heavy water area onto infant swim and water safety we went – she did not need me at all, except to watch.

At seven months, she mastered whistling from her car seat on the way home from those swim lessons, and day care was all about learning to ride the little 2 wheeler propped up in the garage at age 4.

We were the first on our block to have a home computer.  IT GIRL started her career, she was fascinated and played the games and learned the Internet when that came along.   And WOW could she do Math. In the grocery store, after preschool she could figure out the cost per serving of different food items and she helped to keep me on budget.

Mathematically she was like my other half.   She was like Einstein up again my Dyscalcula.  She could do games and puzzles so the other kiddos were not left out.  She made me a cheat sheet so I could drill her sister’s on their times tables.

She challenged me to make up a song every night before she went to sleep….oh you know ones about the alligator under her sister’s bed, her dolls, teddy bear and the curtains.  She was disappointed that Grandmother had promised her she could read after grade 1.  We worked on this and I found the Pickle Lady tutor and the Frankenstein spelling teacher to help her get through.   I bought her a hand held spell checking computer as soon as they were invented.

This is not actually a birthday card though I wish her a Happy Birthday as IT GIRL flies off to Denmark to celebrate with her best friend.

This is a Thank you note.

PW Ladybug

PW Ladybug

Patricia’s Wisdom the blog is only here because of IT GIRL’S gifts and talents.   I do not know how to link, post, find a free photograph, put up software,  and for all my 60 years  these processes do not appear to be part of my standard operating procedures.

I can run the anti-virus, and with my “how to” card in hand, I can run a back up of my writing and pictures.  Everything else I am dependent on IT GIRL.

When IT GIRL does not want to do this for me anymore, I know I will have to give up blogging, because I do not make enough money to pay someone.  I definitely have moments when I ask too much.

IT GIRL changed out a couple of affiliates after final exams and is now working on putting all the books I have reviewed under Recommended Reading – I think it will be a beautiful addition.  Spring cleaning.

I know IT GIRL hides some of my stats from me – protecting measurement I am sure.

Dyscalcula is hard to understand and even my partner does not understand.  For my kiddos it is just the way mum is. :)

I love to write and read, I love that so many folks read my words each week and that I get so many greatly appreciated comments.  I enjoy being connected to the blogging community.

I wanted you to know that this is a giant




I wanted you to know.

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25 Responses to “Happy Thanks Birthday”

  1. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    This was so beautiful, Patricia! I like the idea of writing a thank you note instead of a birthday card very much.
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..Be Kind To Your Behind =-.

  2. Betsy Wuebker Says:

    Lovely! I love how you captured her irrepressible spirit! If she does give you an “aw shucks” reaction to this, I know she will be secretly thrilled.
    .-= Betsy Wuebker´s last blog ..Family Brunch al Fresco =-.

  3. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. that is so lovely .. and I’m certain she’ll be thrilled – and happy to bits that her darling Mama has publicly wished her a happy birthday .. sounds like she wanted to come on out and join the party .. the party of life ..

    She’ll be with you .. and I do hope IT girl you have a fantastic time over here in Europe land .. even if it’s over the cold north sea in that land of Danemark ..

    Both of you have great weekends .. and many happy returns .. Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Ever Thought of a Map as an Encyclopedia? =-.

  4. Sara Says:

    Patricia — What a wonderful post and honoring of your daughter:~)

    While IT Girl is very special, I have a feeling her mom had something to do with that.

    What a great way to celebrate a birthday…a trip. Something tells me you appreciate this very much. I hope she brings back pictures and maybe you can share some?
    .-= Sara´s last blog ..About a Blogger: History is My Story =-.

  5. Patricia Says:

    It was a good idea and thank you for your lovely comments. I nearly tracked you down because I wanted to give her a massage too, but we found a reputable spot on the Internet and she goes on Sunday -Father’s Day her actual Birthday!

  6. Patricia Says:

    I have to keep drawing attention to her because she keeps trying to hide….What’s a mother for?????? if not to brag a bit :)

  7. Patricia Says:

    Thank you for your good wishes. I failed to mention that IT Girl spent a year in Denmark in High School….and has been back a number of times. She speaks Danish and is a good photographer so am hoping for some good pictures.

    Happy weekend to you too. Will be over to study your map post in a few minutes

  8. Patricia Says:

    I am counting on IT Girl doing another traveling vicariously post upon her return. She is a great photographer and this way I just might get to see her pictures…

    She is a privacy person, so I do not think we will post pictures of her friend or her friend’s family, but maybe the sites and discoveries.

    Last year we went to UK to celebrate 60/30 and we had a great time traveling together. I hope some day to see Denmark, the rest of the family went when she was a student. I stayed home with our youngest.

  9. Geek Girl SF Says:

    Happy Birthday to me… Thanks mum!
    .-= Geek Girl SF´s last blog ..Great Stirup Kay, Bahamas =-.

  10. Patricia Says:

    You are welcome….Geek Girl SF Have a great trip…and how about a vicarious vacation II post when you get back?

  11. Patricia Says:

    Wow IT Girl your blog pictures are lovely

    at http://www.mceown.net

    50 from the spring cruise are lovely Your blog is lovely.

    How is a mother supposed to discover this stuff…I found the RSS for comments but not for new posts? Where?

    xxoo sweet

  12. Talon Says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your daughter, Patricia! You are something special and obviously the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree because it seems your IT Girl is just a special as you are!

    What a loving gift to a daughter.
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..It’s the minute details =-.

  13. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia! Super idea to write a thank you! Love it! I am sure with you in technical deficiencies! A mirace I’m on line at all! ha! Happy Birthday to the Gemini on the cusp of Cancer – fun combo!

  14. Patricia Says:

    Thank you

  15. Patricia Says:

    I would not be on line without here ! no way….I am happy for the trip ahead but worried that something will go amiss while she is off computer :)

    Her actual birthday is Father’s Day this year…quite often the equinox!

  16. Tony Single Says:

    I agree with the fine folks above. What a lovely post in honour of your daughter, Patricia! :)

    And, just to let you know, I’m glad she helps you out so that your blog can run smoothly. There’d be an unsightly hole where your blog would be otherwise, and that would make Tony a not very happy Tony.

  17. Patricia Says:

    thank you for your kind words and good smiles….Let’s be sure and certain to keep Tony happy…:)

  18. Chris Edgar Says:

    Thanks Patricia. I know I appreciate IT GIRL’s services as much as you do, because she makes this blog possible. It sounds like IT GIRL appreciates your services in bringing her into existence as well. :)

  19. Davina Says:

    A Happy Birthday *and* a thank you — this is lovely. You two make a good team and I suspect there is mutual appreciation going on here, across the miles. Wishing IT girl a happy birthday and fun times in Denmark.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..Rendering the Write Impact =-.

  20. Patricia Says:

    Yes! there would be no blog with out her assistance. I tried to get her to you productivity retreat, but she used the money for a massage on her birthday….oh well! next time :)

  21. Patricia Says:

    Yep a pretty good team indeed….though she tells me I am depressed most of the time these days???? I thought I was excited about healing in a relaxed fashion????

    Sorry we did not get your new icon up…but she has just departed the Washington DC airport so will try on the return voyage.

  22. jannie Funster Says:

    What an amazing girl. And mom.


  23. Patricia Says:

    Thank you for your good words and support…takes one to know one!
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Savannah Blues: A Novel ~Mary Kay Andrews =-.

  24. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Spoken like a proud mom.

    Both of you are very fortunate, as are we.

    Thank you IT girl and have a safe trip. :)
    .-= Barbara Swafford´s last blog ..Hey, You! =-.

  25. Patricia Says:

    Thank you for dropping by…just got the email that IT Girl has landed :)