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Happy birthday Molly B from Me

Tomorrow the better half of Molly B and Me turns 15-years old.

We’re celebrating with a 1920’s swing dancing party because the better half of Molly B and Me has an old soul and marches to the beat of her own victrola.

She enjoys dresses that twirl and books that provoke; she disdains common slang and political rhetoric. She’s a proud and somewhat exclusive member of the Modern Whig Party. She loves her piano lessons because she gets to spend 45 minutes with one of the most interesting people she knows, a septuagenarian Chinese immigrant named Helen Chang. She loves to play, though not necessarily to practice, the piano.

She recently painted her room cool lemonade yellow after biking to the hardware store with a coupon she found for a free pint of paint. She taught herself to crochet, plant potatoes and bake bread. In the unlikely event of Armageddon, I’m hanging with Molly.

We share a love of language, food, genuine kindness, and blue mist metallic convertible bugs. She is far more patient than I.

Molly ran cross country in junior high and by ran I mean casually jogged while enjoying the glorious scenery. I cheered her on and, in one memorable exchanged, yelled, “Come on Molly! Go get that girl ahead of you! You can take her, Molly!”

Channeling her inner Ghandi, she looked at me quizzically as she meandered past. “It’s a beautiful day,” she said telepathically. “Why rush?”

A tail-ender, Molly has enjoyed a lifetime of cheerful support from her three older siblings. In some ways, she has five parents. In other ways, she’s raising us all.

The years flew swiftly as they always do, and I can blink and see the wide-eyed toddler whose lullaby was “Baby Mine.”

I’ll leave the nostalgia behind tomorrow, though, and celebrate a young woman I’m proud to call my partner.

Happy birthday Molly B from Me.

Molly has enjoyed the cheerful support of her three siblings since the day she was born. This is her sister Katherine.

Molly has enjoyed the cheerful support of her three siblings since the day she was born. This is Molly and her sister Katherine in 1998. Apparently, someone set the time stamp on her new camera to 1993.

Being the youngest has its advantages. Molly and I tagged along when the Appleton Boychoir went to Croatia in 2006 and got to dip our toes in the Adriatic Sea.

Being the youngest has its advantages. Molly and I tagged along when the Appleton Boychoir went to Croatia and got to dip our toes in the Adriatic Sea.

She began concocting interesting desserts at an early age. This is some sort of themed baked apple.

She began concocting interesting desserts at an early age. This is some sort of elf-themed baked apple.

I like this picture of Molly wishing on a dandelion after her First Communion.

I like this picture of Molly wishing on a dandelion after her First Communion.

Molly spent her entire third birthday dressed as a princess. Today, she has a rematted picture on her walls that was a baptism gift from her Aunt Robin. It reads: "Are you a princess" I asked and she said "No, I'm much more than a princess but you don't have a word for it yet here on earth."

Molly spent her entire third birthday dressed as a princess. Today, she has a rematted picture on her walls that was a baptism gift from her Aunt Robin. It reads: “Are you a princess” I asked and she said “No, I’m much more than a princess but you don’t have a word for it yet here on earth.”

This is a current picture of Molly with her beloved piano teacher Mrs. Chang.

This is a current picture of Molly with her beloved piano teacher Mrs. Chang.

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Posted on August 23, 2013, in Family, Helen Chang, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. gblume@new.rr.com

    Happy Birthday Molly, God danced the day you were born. If John Blume was ever mean to you I apologize on his behalf and I will beat him. Jan Blume

  2. Happy birthday to Molly B. Our Molly V. turns 22 today. There is something magical and wonderful about these Mollys born on August 24th!

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