Friday, October 23, 2020

Fly On The Wall In A Month Of Birthdays

     Welcome to another edition of Fly On The Wall group blog postings, hosted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado. Today, there are three of us bravely sharing what's been going on behind closed doors in the month of October. For us, it's been all about birthdays---as much celebrating as one can do during a pandemic. Normally our family would go out to dinner together or take a mini weekend vacation up the coast, but the pandemic had different plans for us this year, so we celebrated at home. Together. And isn't that truly what birthdays are all about--sharing the special day with the ones you love most? 

     My daughter-in-law, my baby granddaughter, and I all share October birthdays, so we've been celebrating pretty much every weekend. But that's not the only reason for our recent celebrations; we have some very exciting news to share: MY SON AND HIS WIFE ANNOUNCED THAT THEY ARE EXPECTING  THEIR FIRST BABY IN MAY!!! This will be my third grandchild and I am over the moon with joy right now!! This is by far the best thing to come out of 2020----news that we have waited so long to hear. 

     Other than writing articles for a few websites here and there, I've spent the past month gutting my closets. Isn't that what everyone is doing during their self-imposed quarantines? I've found stuff in boxes that I have not laid eyes on in 40+ years and oh my.....the things I found. Letters, postcards, jewelry, t-shirts, diaries, photos, comics, stuffed animals, pressed flowers, cassette tapes, buttons, hair clips, old perfume bottles---all remnants of the early '70s and '80s. Seeing this stuff made me feel old as hell but it also reminded me of the good life I've had. Definitely some struggles along the way and plenty of heartbreak, but those rough patches made me who I am today. I have very few regrets, which tells me that despite the mistakes I made, they were meant to be made to get me to this point in my life. I recall my old writing coach in college telling me that I couldn't write well until I had lived.
Marcia Circa 1979 (19 years old)

 I've also been delving into my roots via My family tree is getting pretty full, and I'm having a lot of fun tracing ancestors all the way back to 1445! In a future blog post, I'll share some of my old family photos dating back to the 1800s, but for now, I'm going to leave you with a few snapshots of our birthday month. 

Grandbaby's #2 Birthday

My granddaughters

Husby found his infant hat

My daughter returning back to school to teach in full PPE

Haven't seen my youngest son in a while because COVID. So we text...a lot. 

My granddaughter pulling me into her selfie.

Precious grandbaby loves her new Frozen dress

Family birthday party on the beach. Am I lucky or what??

***WANT MORE MENO MAMA? My latest article, "Grandparenting During Covid-19: I Gave Up My Social Life For My Family And I Have Zero Regrets" is up on Family Project:


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  1. Congratulations! Great news at any time, but especially now when it's needed so much.
    I did a post a few months ago about finding out more about my ancestry as well, fascinating stuff!

  2. Looks like your fly has added vowels to its sounds- from bzz, bzz to busy, busy

  3. Cleaning closets is one of the greatest feelings of accomplishment. Funny how all three of us bloggers in this challenge have our birthdays this month! But, you all will never catch up to me LOL.

    Love the 'Frozen' dress picture. She looks over the top excited. So cute.

    I loved what I discovered in - have fun

  4. Happy birthday to you and your birthday mates, Marcia! October is an important month for me, too. Both my kids celebrate their birthdays this month. I love the selfie of you and your granddaughter. So adorable! You have hardly changed since 1979. How do you do it?

    1. Awww you are too sweet! And happy birthday to your children as well!

  5. I liked the post, damn I have forgotten what I like due to interuptions, I re-read and statered to comment only o be interupted again. I give up

  6. Once you start with the genealogy, you'll never run out of things to do. Stay safe.

  7. Love this post! Great picture of you at 19. You haven't lost that youthful look, Marcia. Happy Birthday!



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