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Another Birthday Shout-out, in English this time

This is a picture of the birthday girl, Kelly, who is my first daughter-in-law and the mother of my most recent grandchild. Note that she is smiling in the picture. You would be hard-pressed to find a picture of her where she isn't smiling, and that is because she is almost always smiling. I could tell that the early days of motherhood were taking their usual toll when I visited in May, because once in a while the trademark smile was replaced by looks of frustration, puzzlement, or just plain fatigue. Not often, though. Kelly taught elementary school music for about 8 years, and I would suspect that's pretty good training for motherhood. (Late-breaking correction - Kelly tells me that she actually taught for 11 years, up to a couple of days before David was born. And yet she still smiles! Amazing...)


I'm sorry to say that this is a bit late - Kelly's birthday was yesterday, but we ended up running around a good deal yesterday, including taking a train to a foreign country (Luxembourg, as it happens,) and so this didn't get done. Luxembourg, incidentally, is absolutely chock-full of banks, in case you were wondering. In fact, there doesn't seem to be much else, besides a very nice new symphony hall, which was the purpose of the trip.


But to return to the point, I'm going to use this occasion to let Kelly in on a secret - babyhood passes, unbelievably quickly, leaving you wondering how it is that your little snot-nosed kid (and I mean that literally) saddening has a baby of his own. So enjoy these days, Kelly, tough as they can be, because they'll be gone before you know it. And a very happy birthday to you, my belle-fille.



I have read your blog for a while but have never commented. I can't pass up the opportunity today to do so. What a sweet post about Kelly. She is a precious daughter and mom to sweet David. And yes, her smile is wonderful and contagious. She is so lucky to have the Rollett family to love her as well as the Gibson family. Enjoy your European vacation.

Thank you!! That reminds me

Thank you!! That reminds me of a compliment my mom received from a student one time saying she was always smiling. I hoped to be able to emulate that. Guess I might be achieving it. :) Hope y'all are having fun! Kelly