She’s a Lady

Happy Birthday to my Mom!

Whether you have a great mother-daughter relationship or a mother-daughter relationship that can be improved, you probably know that mother-daughter bonding can start at an early age.

When I was 4 years old, I remember watching Pixie Ann, professing my love and vowing to marry my mom when I grew up. I walked around mimicking her every move, wanting to be just like mommy. Then I discovered boys around 14, ironically around the same time she became the most ignorant, unenlightened, out-of-touch creature on the planet. ย The next five years were spent rolling my eyes followed by a single word, “Mooooooooooooommmmmmm!” And then, somewhere around twenty, she became human again. It wasn’t until I had children of my own that I recognized, she oozed the wisdom equivalent to Yoda.

I’m sure you’ll all familiar with that wonderful saying “What goes around comes around” well, it most certainly does. Now that I have a daughter, I can attest to this truth. Thankfully my daughter is heading towards 20, hopefully she will soon recognize that I just may have a clue. I long for the day when I am recognized as all-knowing and all-powerful again. Until then….

So, in honor of this very special lady, on her very special day … I think Tom Jones sums up best with this classic hit.ย Enjoy the Ride!

23 responses

  1. I always told my daughters that if I survived (and they did too) until their 17th birthday it would be a miracle!! Well, they are 34 (almost) and 29 and we all survived… still don’t think I am any wiser, but I am a survivor!! You will too. Happy Birthday to your Mom, how blessed she is for a daughter such as you. DAF

  2. Happy birthday! A day for joy and celebration, may it be wonderful and its wonders carry you through the coming year. ๐Ÿ˜‰ xoM

  3. free penny press | Reply

    Happiest of Birthdays to your wonderful Mom. Please tell her Barry sends his regards as well ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love that happy, smiling picture..So very pretty!!

    1. Thank You Lynne. We went to lunch today and of course she was talking about her man Barry. Michelle might have a problem if my mother was younger.

  4. Happy Birthday to your (our?) Mom, Tops.

    We have a framed picture of Mark Twain with this quote, which I think goes for Moms, too.
    When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.

    1. Hahaha! Yes Elyse! I love that quote!

  5. Happy Birthday to Life’s Mommy ๐Ÿ™‚
    So if this is what happens with girls, how does it turn it out with boys? Will I ever be the Yoda-all-knowing?

    1. Boys are easy going and listen to their mothers always.

      1. I assume you mean when they get older because Jake is neither easy or listens ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Happy Birthday Life with the Top Down’s Mom!
    Both my kids stopped home today and there was nary an eye roll, at least that I noticed…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Happy birthday to Mrs Top Down, may her day be wonderfully special. And oh yes, about becoming seen as all knowing and all wise again, it’s amazing how we come into our own in our teens’ lives when there is a problem that needs immediate attention.

  8. I’m just getting to know you but I already know I love your blog – so much so that I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. See details at

  9. A very happy birthday to your Mom!
    It’s so adorable that you vowed to marry your mom when you grew up ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Totally unrelated to your post… I was just answering comments and wondered, “How come I never get updates about Life w/ Top Down?” So I came over and apparently I never actually “followed.” How embarrassing. Sorry!

    I have a daughter who’s 5 and a half weeks old. So far we get along great. I’m hoping this means her adolescence will be a breeze.

    1. I’m honored to have you follow. The bar has officially been raised…yikes.
      No worries, I’m sure she has you wrapped around her little finger already. My husband and daughter are the best of friends…he’s been wrapped since1993!

  11. Michelle Gillies | Reply

    A very “Happy Birthday” to your lovely lady Mom. I love her smile.

  12. Happy birth day to your mom. I loved her smile in that picture. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. This is very sweet and what a great picture of her. She’s positively beaming. I wish I had that kind of bond with my mother, I didn’t, but I can live vicariously through the two of you. Happy Birthday ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. This made me cry and laugh at the same time…as my mother ages, I despise every day I wake up and don’t get to spend time with her, this made me cry…what a beautiful tribute, Hallmark is looking for people like you. On the other side, it made me laugh and out loud I might add! I used to sing the Enjoli commercial to my mother…”She can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan and never, never, let you forget your a man, Enjoli!” She was coined “Enj” ever since. Thank you for bringing back such fond memories.

  15. Any mom who has a daughter who writes something like this about here is very lucky indeed. Everything you said about what goes around comes around is so true, lovley post.

  16. Deliberately Delicious | Reply

    I love your observations about how your mother suddenly changed just when you discovered boys. It seems to work the same way with mother-son relationships. My 13 year old son recently said, “Mom, you can still hug me. But please stop patting my bum every time. Especially in public.”

  17. Fabulous post ) I did one similar for my mother and used ole Engleburt Humperdink for her song I loved yours ๐Ÿ™‚ great blog, Ceri x

    1. Thank you and thanks for stopping by.

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