Can I be like this at 70?

grandma!Happy happy birthday to the most amazing mom.

The mom who, at 70, is not afraid to put a pink streak in her hair. Learn to blog. Give into Facebook. Reinvent herself. Watch the kids “for as long as it takes.” 

Share a bottle of wine at a Galician cafe. Get sappy. Get political. Dance silly in public. Dance silly in private. Call herself a feminist. Sing off-key. Lift more weights than I can. Give the kids two desserts (you think I don’t know?).  Recognize the value of a karaoke machine. Show the world what it means to be a Grandma. Leave the blog comments that make me cry.

The mom who will always always tell me what’s on her mind. And always, always tell me that she loves me.

If this is what 70 looks like, I’m not afraid of it one bit.

I love you Mom. You’re amazing.


32 thoughts on “Can I be like this at 70?”

  1. Seems to me that if you have a daughter who wants to tell the whole world how wonderful you are, your life is already a huge success, even if you never did that long list of other amazing things.

  2. Happy birthday, Nancy! I know how instrumental you are in Liz’s life, and by extension, in so many of ours too. Thanks for everything you’ve done and still do.

  3. Add to her accomplishments her remarkable daughter whom I’m sure she says is great all on her own. And you are. But it’s also clear that she supported and loved you as you became the best YOU that you could be nd kept the faith with you, never trying to change you into anyone BUT you. Girls and their moms are a delicate journey and now there are 2 more lovely girls growing into excellent women –guided by her legacy thru You! Not much more we moms can ask for. Happy birthday.

  4. Wishing a most happy birthday to your mom!

    My mom is also turning 70 this week and is amazing and wonderful. I told her this year we’re having a party for her whether she likes it or not, so she’s finally agreed to a cake and shin dig. I think we’ll have a blast. Hope all of you do, too!

  5. Happy birthday to your mom. At least now I understand a little better the answer to my question a few posts ago about how you do all that you do.

    My mom and I don’t always see eye to eye, but since becoming a mom myself, as the cliche goes, I appreciate her more.

    And I hope someday one of my children will write a post like this about me.

  6. This made me cry. I wish this was what I had with my mom. I pray to someday have this with my daughter. You are both so lucky, and you both know it, which makes it even sweeter. Happiest of birthdays to your awesome mama.

  7. I lost my iPhone yesterday and waited an hour to buy a new one. I was so nervous I couldn’t remember any password. Lost all of my photos, apps (sorry, Thalia and Sage and Ella Don’t worry, Bea, UNO will be back up for you soon), and contacts. Then I read your post and I remembered- through my sobs- how grateful I am to be surrounded by love every day of my life. Your love and Jeff’s and your partners and your daughters and my husband and the glories of a perfect fall day.

    You, my dearest daughter, have used your gifts wisely and with such care that every one of the tears I’m shedding right now feels so good. I love you.

    1. Oh man every one of these comments is amazing – and I know they made her day. Thank you so much. I hope you all get to meet her one day!

  8. I second Adam’s comment! Your mom must be seriously ass kickin’ to have an ass kickin’ daughter like you! What a beautiful birthday tribute. Happy birthday @goingpublicorg !!!

  9. You are lucky your mom is only 70. My mom had us later in life — and now that I’m later in life myself, we both are older. We celebrated her 80th last summer by going to the beach. My sister, my daughter, Mom and me. I wish we had starting do it 10 years ago. Enjoy this time with your “young” mom.

    1. Well, I started 10 years later than my mom. I suppose my kids will have to be ready to throw me a big 70th party in their 30s then.

  10. Happy birthday, indeed. This post moved me, especially “Show the world what it means to be a Grandma.” I lost my mom, and my kids their amazing grandma, two years ago at a young 61. We miss her all the time. Happy, happy birthday to your mom who sounds like one hell of a lady — we’re all very glad there are grandmas like her.

  11. It just shows that behind every amazing, wonderful woman there is, well, another amazing, wonderful woman.

    Happy birthday to wonderful women!

  12. Oh, so beautiful! I feel the same way about my mom, who I now refer to as “supermom” as she has battled 3 types of cancers in the past few years. She’s as strong and beautiful and loving as they come! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Beauty all around.

    Happy Birthday to your mom!

    It made sense when I finally realized who “Dorf’s Daughter” is a while back…always such wisdom and love in those comments.

  14. Liz
    You have one amazing mom and I have the most wonderful friend of more than 60 years. We are all so fortunate to have her in our lives.
    Love you Nanc

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