Kindness Fridays

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Celebrating my 65th birthday today and celebrating the wonderful parents who raised me.

Mary, Don, and Irene

Mom and Dad were fair people who were very dedicated to their three children. They were supportive and immensely forgiving of Don, Mary, and me. The latter attribute included both not letting us get away with anything, while teaching us the importance of making life decisions that would make us better citizens of the world in which we inhabited.

Mom with her 1st grandchild, my daughter, Erin
Dad couldn’t just change out the toilet seat, he had to play around with it

Mom was the creative half of our parents, sewing all our clothes and actively involved in the musical community throughout her life. She was a master pianist and sang tenor equal to or better than most male tenors. She was also an activist, a trait I am happy to have inherited. Dad was the jokester of the two, but managed to balance that fun side with extraordinarily practical aspects of childrearing so we would become successful, contributing adults.

Mom and Dad were extremely kind – to family, friends, and strangers – and taught us to consider each and every person with whom we came in contact, as equal to ourselves, regardless of their station in life, their ethnicity, race, or religion. Us kids had a really good start in life because of their parenting, and now that we’re all three in our mid to very late 60s (that’s you, Don) I can proudly say we didn’t turn out all that bad.

Irene, Don, & Mary

6 thoughts on “Kindness Fridays

    laura bruno lilly said:
    May 18, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    Happy b-day!
    What a wonderful way to celebrate – by celebrating your folks and sibs.

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    ddesonier said:
    May 18, 2018 at 8:37 am

    Wonderful post and pictures Irene. Our Mom and Dad were truly caring and loving parents. And, I am so blessed to have two wonderful sisters in you and Mary. I am forever grateful for my amazing family.

    Signed – “The Late 60’s One”!

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      Irene Olson responded:
      May 18, 2018 at 8:55 am

      Yeah, we’re quite okay as adults, the three of us.


    Jill Weatherholt said:
    May 18, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Happy birthday, Irene! What a beautiful tribute to family. If I saw the photo of you with your siblings, not already knowing it’s you, I would pick you out in a heartbeat! You look exactly the same…adorable! I love the photo of your father with the toilet seat! Enjoy your day!

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      Irene Olson responded:
      May 18, 2018 at 8:54 am

      Thanks so much. Yes, same haircut on me too, more or less. In college, my hair was down to my waist., believe it or not.


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