Monday, 18 August 2014
Today is Millie's 89th Birthday
I'm pretty sure Millie Garfield is my oldest blog friend. She was about six months ahead of me, in October 2003, when she started My Mom's Blog.
I am also pretty sure that I discovered her blog while I was developing mine and we then “met” in 2004, in the way we all do over the internet and began exchanging email.
Three years later, when I was living in Portland, Maine, I took the train down to Boston to have lunch with Millie. Here's a photo shot by her terrific son, Steve Garfield (who has his own website here).
It is exactly ten years ago today that I began celebrating Millie's birthday with a special blog post because it was her 80th and round numbers should always be noted.
I had not yet learned that sunflowers – so right, of course, for an August birthday – are Millie's favorite flower. This year, I found a lovely, little time lapse video of a giant field of sunflowers following the sun:
Don't forget what Helen Keller said, Millie:
Keep your face to the sunshine
and you cannot see the shadow.
It's what sunflowers do.
Maybe loving sunflowers accounts for Millie's sunny personality. She laughs more than most people I know. So a big hug and happy 89 years, Millie. Have a great celebration.
You can help give Millie a big blogosphere birthday by leaving greetings in the comments below or going to her blog and leaving a message there.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Chlele Gummer: The Joke Was on Me