Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Happy 80th Birthday - Part 1

I'm most proud of the longevity of my marriage, my kids, and my grandchildren. If you don't have that, you really don't have very much.
Bob Newhart


Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative.
- Maurice Chevalier

Earlier this month my mother in law, Melva Plunk turned 80. She was born in a tent on a stormy night on an Indian Reservation in Arizona. The things this woman has seen. It has been a privilege to be a part of this family. Please enjoy a few quotes and remembrances in her honor.  

Melva with her children- Gerald, Nancy and Eric.
From our birthday, until we die,
Is but the winking of an eye.
- William Butler Yeats

Kenny with Shannon 'soon-to-be- Plunk'  Morris
 We turn not older with years, but newer every day.
- Emily Dickinson

Abigail is 16. Modeling agencies- my niece is 5'9" and her braces are off. This girl is a natural in front of a camera.

When Kenny was in kindergarten, Eric was just married and a New York Yankee. On one of those thick- as-pea-soup foggy mornings he made it to the kids' school fundraiser. How he managed to be on time from Long Beach is something only God knows. It was a walk-a-thon. Setting up the cones in the morning- I couldn't see half way across the track when he showed up like an angel before daylight to help out his nephews' school. Eric signed autographs for every child at Maple Hill Elementary School.

The world would be a better place if every child had an Uncle Eric.

Aunt Billie- aka Mrs Eric Plunk was the driving force behind the potluck birthday party for our mother in law. Originally from Painstville, KY, our Billie knows a thing or two about Southern hospitality. From full out affairs to simple teas- an afternoon with her is an event.

Cheryl Stevens with Alden Plunk and Cheryl's future daughter in law enjoy a bite to eat.

More to follow...


  1. What wonderful pictures of a happy family time. Thanks for sharing from your heart.

  2. Lydia,

    Oh I enjoyed that so much! Nothing like good family pictures on a momentous occasion. Loved getting a glimpse of the Eric Plunk home too.
    Enjoyed all the famous people quotes.
    Long before my mother had her 80th bday I sent in a request to the GW Bush White House for a letter from the president to mother commemorating her 80th. (I read where they do that for the 80th and the 100th). She received her letter and was soooo happy and proud! I am sure that everyone in town heard about it and saw it!

    Thanks for sharing!
    XO Trisha

  3. GOOOOOOD morning to "first responders".

    Thank you for the kind words.

    Billie and Eric live next door. They had this home built for Melva after her husband died.


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