Talent Oozes From Her Fingers And Oh, Happy Birthday Too!

by Sherry Riter in Birthday,Family,Holiday,Mom

I am writing completely unbiased.

No, seriously, I can speak about this woman completely unbiased.

This woman is phenomenally talented. She has more talent, imagination and creativity than most people can even imagine and is beyond their wildest dreams.

Who is this woman and why am I writing about her?

January 23rd is my mother’s birthday and it is one of the BIGGIES. Yeah, shhhhhh, Mom is 70 years old today! Woohoo!

What a wonderful blessing for Mom to turn 70 on her birthday, but it is also a wonderful blessing for me and the rest of the family to still have her with us.

Let me tell you something about my mother that has always been impressive to anyone that knows her or has enjoyed the fruits of her talents.

Besides being graceful, elegant and beautiful, Mom is extremely talented in making and creating things. I believe she can do anything…crochet, flower arranging, making things out of clay or porcelain, paint, build, sew, and the list goes on and on and on.

For my birthday this year, Mom crocheted large washcloths from cotton thread for my gift. She had already crocheted some dishcloths for part of my Christmas present, so I was quite thrilled to receive the washcloths for my birthday.

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crocheted cotton facecloths

Mom is a perfectionist, so every stitch is exactly the same size and there are no mistakes to be found. She loves making things, but Mom really enjoys making things for the people she loves and I know that I am loved.

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Even if she had limited talent in crocheting, I would still enjoy the washcloths as much because I know that Mom thought about me while making the gift and every stitch is filled with her love.

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Obviously, I am quite proud of my mother and love her very much. I am really thankful that she is not only my mother, but Mom has made it quite healthily to 70 years old. Mom has been and is a blessing to her family. Mom is an all or nothing kind of person, so when she loves you, she really loves you with all that she can love. Being on the receiving end of her love is a wonderful experience.

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Mom, thank you for not only making me these beautiful washcloths for my birthday and the beautiful dishcloths for Christmas, but most of all thank you for being my mother. In this selfish, narcissistic and disingenuous world, you are filled with unselfish love and a giving spirit. Not only did you want to become a mother, but you showered/shower your family with love and sacrificed for their well-being.

I know that you are not enjoying the aging process with all the physical aches and pains that accompany it, however, we all hope to be lucky enough to still be as vibrant as you are at seventy years old. I am very thankful to still have you in my life. Actually, I’m filled with gratitude that you have always been in my life with an abundance of love and caring.

I hope you have a wonderful birthday! I will call and sing to you later, but considering the awfulness of my voice, you may enjoy this better…

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear Mom!
Happy Birthday to youuuuuuuuu!

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lisa Ladrido January 23, 2014 at 8:29 am

What a beautiful birthday and tribute to your mom. I love those washcloths. My mom made us all quilts before she passed away. We all cherish those so much. Happy Birthday to your wonderful Momma!


2 Sherry Riter January 23, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Thank you sooooooo much Lisa!!! 🙂


3 teresa vett January 23, 2014 at 11:53 am

Thank you sweetie, this one is bothering me. I have never even thought about numbers before but this one is well , heck I am not going to think about it today, for tomorrow is another day


4 Sherry Riter January 23, 2014 at 5:39 pm

This is a monumental number! I’m proud of you and tomorrow you will and an unbirthday and be 70 years and 1 day old!!! 🙂 Woohoo!


5 Madison Sanders January 23, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Oh, how wonderful! Wishing your mother a fabulous birthday filled with MUCH happiness and love!!


6 Sherry Riter January 23, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Thank you so much Madison!!!! 🙂


7 Joan January 23, 2014 at 7:56 pm

Of course your mother is beautiful, talented, creative, intelligent, funny, loving and a great seamstress, crocheter and master chef! (Did I leave anything out?) Who do you think you got your beauty, creativity, intelligence, great sense of humor, loving nature, great sewing ability and cooking skills from? Okay, I happen to know that your father was handsome, creative, funny and intelligent too – but he didn’t know how to sew, crochet or cook. (Come to think of it, wasn’t it you who taught your mother how to crochet?) 🙂

Happy seventieth birthday, Teresa! 🙂


8 Sherry Riter January 23, 2014 at 9:39 pm

🙂 Thank you Joan!!!


9 Audrey January 23, 2014 at 11:10 pm

I’m sooooooooooooo thankful, relieved and happy that she is still with us for I don’t know what I’ll do without her…but of all the traits I’ve inherited from her, I sure hope I don’t take after her longevity!!! I don’t want to live that long…especially if Terry isn’t still with me. It sounds terrible but it’s true.


10 Sherry Riter January 25, 2014 at 9:09 am

{{{hugssss}}} I don’t want to leave Alyssa, so I want to hang on as long as I can. I guess we will be opposites until the very end. 😉


11 lisa simmons January 24, 2014 at 6:14 am

Oh as I read this great tribute to such a beautiful lady I can’t help but think of the one writing this great tribute. Both you ladies are special. and it is a wonderful feeling to have your mom. Enjoy every moment you can… I miss my mom and enjoyed all the little treasures she inspired in me…. She was creative too.. Happy Birthday to your mom and hugs to you 🙂


12 Sherry Riter January 25, 2014 at 9:08 am

Thank you so much, Lisa. You are such a sweet lady. {{{hugsss}}}


13 Robert Johnson January 24, 2014 at 9:37 pm

What a lovely statement to share for your mother’s birthday. I have a sister-in-law who too is a seamstress, quilter, knitter and purveyor of fine crochet. I once suggested to her, “If I bring you a couple of tons of steel wool, will you knit me a car?” She was not amused.

Happy birthday, Mrs. Vett!


14 Sherry Riter January 25, 2014 at 9:07 am

Thank you for your sweet comment Robert! 😀


15 teresa vett February 5, 2014 at 4:16 am

I wish to thank everyone for their good wishes and compliments. My daughter is amazing to me and I love her dearly. I am blessed to have four beautiful females to call mine. I had a great birthday. Thank you again my child.


16 Sherry Riter February 5, 2014 at 7:51 am

You are very welcome, Mom, and thank you! I love you!!!!


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