Gut Rumbles

May 23, 2007

May 23

Originally published May 19, 2005

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Next Monday will be my grandmother's 94th birthday. It's also my brother's 51st birthday. I have a couple of cousins that I don't really know well who were born on that day, too. I think it's strange how that runs in my family.

Subtract nine months from May 23 and you can see where people in my family either became very horny or very prolific. That can't be total coincidence.

I have no idea what to get my grandmother for her birthday. I'll probably just buy a card and get her some scratch-off lottery tickets. Even though her vision is fading fast now, she still likes those scratch-off tickets. That's amusing to me. In her younger days, Mommie would scald your ass for gambling on ANYTHING. She didn't even believe in playing marbles for "keeps." Those lottery tickets somehow are different.

I am very fortunate to have a grandmother who has lived so long and still kept her wherewithall about her. She remains one of the wisest wimmen I know. She quit school in the eighth grade, she's never had a driver's license in her life, and she once cheated me at cards and laughed when I didn't catch her. (We weren't playing for money--- that made cheating okay, because we weren't GAMBLING.) She is one hell of a woman.

She still lives in her own home, by herself, but the aunts and uncles hang around to make sure she doesn't need any help. She does just fine. She still works the morning crossword puzzle in the paper every day, even though she needs a magnifying glass to do it now. She never forgets a birthday, even though she has children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and great-GREAT-GREAT grandchildren.

She still calls me #1, because I was her first grandchild. And she'll always be #1 to me.

[Folks, today is Mommie and Dave's birthday(s). Feel free to leave either, or both, of them a comment. They will be passed on.]



Though I didn't get to meet you, through Rob's stories and having met pretty much the rest of your wonderful family, I get a real sense that you are one helluva woman.
Because of that, and how very much Rob loved you, you have my utmost respect and affection.
I hope you have a good day... well, every day, but I hope that today, in particular, is one of the best.
Just like YOU are.

Happy Birthday, Mommie and consider yourself hugged, okay?


Happy Birthday to you, too.
And, I want to thank you once again for giving me the closest I'll ever have to being at a blogmeet. Being there, hearing you and the guys singing and playing on that warm summer evening last year was such a gift... an island of peace and pleasure in the middle of a sea of pain and heartache...

That was an incredible experience for me and you are a large part of what made it that way.

Thank you again for that and for listening to me, too.
Consider yourself kissed on the cheek again, okay?

Posted by: Stevie on May 23, 2007 03:06 AM

Best birthday wishes to you ma'am. We've never met and likely never will, and it's a testament to your grandsons legacy that so many feel as though they HAVE met someone through his stories.

May there be many bright and happy days ahead for you. Mind those copperheads out in the yard, hear?!

Posted by: outfoxed on May 23, 2007 04:59 AM

Happy Birthday Mommie!
Happy Birthday Dave!

Blessings of the day to you both.

Missing Rob.


Posted by: imp on May 23, 2007 06:13 AM

Happy birthday to you both. Even though Rob has passed, we still love the stories he told of his love and antics.

Peace to you both.

Posted by: Patrick on May 23, 2007 08:01 AM

Happy Birthday Mommie and Dave! Its rare when I am at a loss for let me just wish you both a very blessed day, and know that Rob (who is in a better place) is smiling down upon you both.

Posted by: Ruth on May 23, 2007 09:12 AM

Happy Birthday to both of you. Rob was one heck of a guy and Mommie had alot to do with that from what I read. Best wishes and gods speed to you both.

Posted by: gravdigr on May 23, 2007 09:44 AM

Happy Birthday to you both and the Best of all Good Wishes for many more! I am yet another of the many, many people from all over the world who have never met you , but through the gift of Rob's writing have come to know you. Rob could paint beautiful pictures and share wonderful memories through his writing, and I'm sure he is smiling upon you today.

Posted by: vizsladog3 on May 23, 2007 10:13 AM

... many, many happy returns, guys..... and the very happiest of birthdays to you both!..

... all the best from Tennessee,


Posted by: Eric on May 23, 2007 10:19 AM

A very Happy Birthday to Mommie & Dave and Brightest Blessings to you both.


Posted by: Maeve on May 23, 2007 10:29 AM

Happy Birthday, Mommie and Dave! Hope you both enjoy your special day and have fond memories of Rob. He is missed!

Posted by: Bob on May 23, 2007 10:30 AM

I just got off the phone with Mommie and Virgil. Mommie was delighted to hear that people all over the world were thinking of her today.
And Virgil promised to read all posts and responses to her.

Posted by: livey on May 23, 2007 12:13 PM

oops, sorry I forgot to add

Happy Birthday to Dave too!

Posted by: livey on May 23, 2007 12:14 PM

Happy birthday to Mommie and David. Hope you have many more. Bowlegs use to talk about Mommie when he came to my house and saw my pictures of my 99 year aunt Lucille, she still cooks and keeps a three bedroom house. My aunt has never driven a car either, never had a driving permit. Not many of them women left in this world. Ya'll have a great day and see ya'll soon, Catfish

Posted by: Catfish on May 23, 2007 01:30 PM

Birthday greetings to both Dave and Mommie!

Another trip around the sun is always reason to celebrate. And like Rob and Dave, I was fortunate enough to have a grandmother who lived until well into her 90's. It's a rare gift to have seen so many sunrises.

As we like to say, "You should live to be 120." And all in good health, with much joy.

Posted by: Elisson on May 23, 2007 02:50 PM

Most joyous and complete birthday greetings and wishes of well to you both! I just passed through the half century signpost myself on Sunday so I know what these late May birthdays can be like. Sweet hell sometimes and hellish sweet other times.

I hope yours are both glorious.

Posted by: BlogDog on May 23, 2007 03:26 PM

Just a short note to wish Mommie and Dave a happy birthday. I feel like I almost know you just through Rob's stories.

Posted by: Cindy on May 23, 2007 05:18 PM

Happy Birthday to both Mommie & Dave! And a big G'day from the Land Down Under! Wishing you all the best for the year ahead!

Posted by: Karen in Australia on May 23, 2007 05:28 PM

Me too! Me too!

Mommie, we heard all about you from Rob, and so many of us here wish we could have met you. Rob had so much love and respect for you, and he told on you all the tiime.

Dave, we're not ignoring you here. When you're a 96-year-old great-great-great grammaw, I bet we'll leave you a lot of extra comments too!

Posted by: k on May 23, 2007 06:07 PM

Happy Birthday Mommie and Dave!

We got to know and love you both through Robs words. No matter what, the one part of Rob that always shined through was his love for both of you.

I think you often, and wish you the happiest of days today and always.

Posted by: Deb on May 23, 2007 07:19 PM

I came from Livey's Place and just wanted to wish Mommie and Dave a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Hope you enjoy it.

Posted by: Moobear on May 23, 2007 07:54 PM

God Bless and Happy Birthday. Rob always spoke with such love of the two of you.

Posted by: kdzu on May 23, 2007 08:42 PM

Happy Birthday Mommie and Dave! Bless you both.

Posted by: Susan on May 23, 2007 11:57 PM


Happy Happy Birthday!

Know that your #1 was loved and admired by his friends in the blogging world.. His writing was always from the heart and honest.. you raised him well.

God Bless, and may there be many more.

Posted by: zeluna on May 24, 2007 10:09 AM

Happy Birthday Mommie and Dave.. may you have many many more!!

Posted by: Jackie on May 24, 2007 01:25 PM

Happy belated Birthdays!

Posted by: Surfie on May 24, 2007 01:45 PM

Happy Birthday to Mommie and Dave!
*waving from Illinois*

Posted by: Cindi on May 24, 2007 02:00 PM

Best wishes to you both.

Happy Belated Birthday!!

Posted by: LL on May 24, 2007 07:08 PM

Happy Belated Birthday, Y'all!

Posted by: Stewart on May 25, 2007 12:07 PM

Ack....many days late...sorry. A happy and a healthy [belated] birthday to both of you. May you both, and all of those whom you love, live to a hundred and twenty.

Posted by: Erica on May 26, 2007 09:54 PM

Thanks to you all! I saw Mommie today, and she's doing good, and is very thankful for all the kind words and wishes. She and I and her great-grand, Madison, all got together at my Mom's house for birthday celebrations (96th, 53rd and 17th, respectively) last Saturday. A good time was had by all. Thanks again to everybody. Same time next year !
Dave (The Smith Brother)

Posted by: Dave on May 27, 2007 08:43 PM

Same time next year !


Posted by: Stevie on May 28, 2007 08:57 AM
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