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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).

Ronni Bennett and Millie Garfield

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.

Millie80 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


Birthdays should always be celebrated - and the more we have the more we have to celebrate - Happy Birthday Millie and many of them!

♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Happy Birthday to youuuuuu♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ ♥ ♥♥Happy Birthday to youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu*•.¸¸♥¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday dear Millie♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ Happy Birthday ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪...to you - the best of years to you!!! *¨*•.¸¸♥¸¸.•*¨*• ♫♪.•*¨*•♫♪ ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ !

Happy Happy Birthday to You Millie! So glad to know about it and wishing you a special day...

Happy Birthday Dear Millie! You bring so much happiness to all who know you.

My knowing you is through this site and I join the others in wishing you a good day of remembrances and celebration - Happy Birthday, Millie!

Happy Birthday to you, Millie, and I'd like to join in Diane's melodious greeting above. All good wishes to you on this day.

Happy Birthday Millie! So glad you've made so many friends & most especially Ronni, thru the blogsphere! Dee

Mazel Tov ooooo Berachot....best of luck and blessings to 120....just turned 71 on the 17th,,,

I just went to Millie's great blog and wished her a Happy Birthday, but will add another happy, happy day to her. I hope we both celebrate our milestone of 90 next year.

Such a lovely way to honor your dear friend, Millie. Thank you for sharing your tribute. Your smiles facing each other in the picture are priceless.

Buon Compleanno, Millie! And a happy, happy, sunflower-and-sun-filled day!

Happy Birthday Millie!!!!

Millie and Darlene...I am looking forward to your 90th celebrations. You are both amazing!

I also found Millie Garfield in 2003 through an article in our church paper that she had written about the Ageless Project.

Happy Birthday Millie. You have been an inspiration to many.

Happy Birthday Millie!I'm on my way to your blog. See you in a minute!

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