Thursday, January 24, 2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GRANDPÈRE!


May you have a great day, Tom!

My gift to Tom will be a nice pair of jeans.  When we go out to eat or to a movie, Tom will often ask if he can wear his jeans, and I have to say, "No, not with me."  People wear jeans nearly everywhere, but Tom's jeans are another matter.  They're from Walmart, which would not be so bad, but they usually have holes in them or are stained with black grease or blood from the many small and not-so-small wounds he accumulates from his yard work.  The other day, I persuaded him to go to a store other than Walmart to try on nicer jeans.  It took us a while and many tries before he found a pair that suited him, so now he has one pair that he can wear to a restaurant or a movie and look decent.  Now that I know the style and size, I will buy him another pair for his birthday, and he will have two, which should do nicely for now.

Tom doesn't like to have too much made of his birthday, because it's sort of a sad day for him, since he's one year older, but I see birthdays as a reason for celebrating having made it through another year more or less intact.  Glass half-full or half-empty?   

He's off working at the boat center today.  He was on TV a few nights ago on Channel 8 in New Orleans.  The reporters visited the center and did a fine job with a lovely news piece on the museum during the nightly news.    

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29 comments:

Wormwood's Doxy said...

Happy Birthday, Tom!

(Mimi--hide the good jeans after he wears them. Otherwise they will end up just like the other ones. Ask me how I know this... ;-)

Grandmère Mimi said...

Doxy, I've wondered myself how long the nice jeans will stay nice, and I may have to do as you suggest.

Paul said...

Bonne anniversaire, Grandpere! Wishing you a blessed year ahead.

JCF said...

For he's a jolly good fellow!

it's margaret said...

Happy Birthday, Grandpere!

PseudoPiskie said...

Happy Birthday, Grandpère Tom!

Grandmère Mimi said...

I'll have Tom read my post and the good wishes in the comments. Thanks, everyone.

Bonnie said...

Watch over thy child, O Lord, as his days increase; bless and guide him wherever he may be. Strengthen him when he stands, comfort him when discouraged or sorrowful; raise him up if he fall; and in his heart may thy peace which passeth understanding abide all the days of his life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN! (BCP)

Grandmère Mimi said...

Prayers welcome, Bonnie. I read the words to Tom.

Cathy said...

Happy Birthday Tom! I hope you've had a fab day :)

A pair of good jeans always comes in useful.

Grandmère Mimi said...

I'm passing on the birthday greetings to Tom.

I'm thinking he can't go wrong with two good pairs of jeans.

susan s. said...

I got my Tom a pair of Jeans for his birthday, too. I also advise you to keep one pair on your side of the closet and then bring them out for special occasions! I think the days of having a nice pair have gone the way of changing out of one's school clothes into play clothes. We always changed our clothes after school since we lived on the farm and there were barn chores before supper.

Happy Birthday to your Tom. Does he go to bed early? It might be morning before he gets my greetings!

Grandmère Mimi said...

susan s., Tom was not in bed yet, and I gave him your greeting.

We wore uniforms, and we changed out of them when we came home from school.

Bonnie said...

Also adding here--Please, please dear Lord let the good jeans, when in use, survive the various, sundry and tender mercies of men.

Prairie Soul said...

Happiest of birthday wishes to Tom. And what a nice TV segment! If I were you, I'd be kvelling all over him!!

MarkBrunson said...

Late, but Happy Birthday!!

Chris said...

Happy birthday! (better late than never) Many happy returns of the day.

Russ Manley said...

Cool. Many happy returns to Tom.

Nij said...

HOPE it was VERY HAPPY DAY!
NIJ

Nij said...

HOPE it was VERY HAPPY DAY!
NIJ

whiteycat said...

Birthday blessings and congrats on another year!

Grandmère Mimi said...

Prairie Soul, I'm kvelling. How can I not when Tom's a TV star?

Grandmère Mimi said...

Thanks, everyone. Tom had a good day working at the museum. Partly as a result of the TV report, they had a good many visitors yesterday.

IT said...

Happy Birthday to Tom, and congratulations on his new career as reality TV star!

Grandmère Mimi said...

Thanks, IT. Can you imagine! Next thing, the TV cameras will be in the house.

whiteycat said...

Just had an opportunity to view the video. Love it! Obviously the Butlers are up and coming media stars!

Grandmère Mimi said...

Not the Butlers, whiteycat, only Tom. I'm just the celebrity's wife, and not even a trophy wife at that.

whiteycat said...

Mimi, I thought that you were definitely one of the most prominent stars of the blog world. That's media in my book!

Grandmère Mimi said...

Thank you, whiteycat. I blush. :-)