Birthday party later…

Meri Mion was having her 13th birthday party when the American troops attacked. Her mother had baked a cake to celebrate her birthday the next day. She placed it on the windowsill to let it cool. But as they hear the machine guns go off near their farm, Meri and her mother rushed to their house’s attic. They spend the rest of the day and the following night hiding from the fighting. The next morning, the Germans are gone and American troops are advancing through San Pietro. But as Meri and her mother descend from the attic, they notice something is missing. Just like the Germans, Meri’s birthday cake is gone. The U.S Army Garrison Italy confessed that it was most likely picked up by an American soldier. After the smoke cleared and the battle was pushed down the road, Meri and her mother saw there would be no party that day, but she rationalized better that a GI got that cake than the Bosch. The next day the whole town was out celebrating their freedom and the treating the GI’s with wine and food they had stashed away to feed themselves during the Nazi occupation. Everyone was happy and relaxed, but Meri had no birthday party. That was 67 years ago.

The city of Vicenza, northwest of Venice, held a big celebration a day before Meri turned 90. The celebration at the Salvi Gardens marked the anniversary of the day the 88th Infantry Division fought its way into the city on April 28, 1945. But after all these years, the US Army ceremony wanted to publicly give the 90-year-old a birthday cake to replace the one she never got to eat. Col. Matthew Gomlak, commander of US Army Garrison Italy, said, “Her happiness turned into disappointment later when the resourceful American soldiers made off with her birthday cake.” Sgt. Peter Wallis, a military police soldier from Seabeck, Washington, presented a new birthday cake to the overwhelmed woman as Italian soldiers, police officers, military vets from both countries and many local residents stood by. “It was a little awkward, but it makes me feel great to give her the cake,” Wallis said. Meri seemed very surprised by the gesture as she was serenaded by rousing renditions of “Happy Birthday” in English and Italian. “Mamma mia” and “grazie,” (thank you) she said. “Tomorrow, we will eat that dessert, with all my family remembering this wonderful day that I will never forget.”

Happy? birthday

Father:        Where do you wanna go for your birthday lunch?
5-year-old:   McDonald’s
Father:         5 year olds can think of somewhere better than McDonald’s.
5-year-old:    I’ll just stay 4 then.

The first lady bent over and whispered to her lady friend, “You see that redhead over there? She is celebrating her 29th birthday.” Her friend responded, “Better late than never.”  

I was born to be a pessimist. My blood type is B Negative.

Statistics show that those who have the most birthdays live the longest.

May 2nd Birthdays

1956 – Lesley Gore, 1962 – Elizabeth Berridge, 1945 – Bianca Jagger, 1991 – Kay Panabaker

1903 – Dr. Benjamin Spock, 1975 – David Beckham, 1948 – Larry Gatlin, 1972 – Dwayne Johnson

Morning Motivator:

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.

Birthday delayed is not Birthday Denied