Happy 31st birthday, Maria


This is my daughter, Maria, with Santa at age 5 in 1983.  Look at her wistful facial expression.  She still believed in Santa, but I have no idea what she wished for.


Here are the 4 generations:  My mother, Maria, baby Julia, and me.  Christmas, 2008.

It’s Maria’s 31st birthday.  How time flies!  Wasn’t it just yesterday that I brought her home from the hospital and laid her in the large crib?  Over the years, she progressed as expected, so normally, and satisfied my greatest expectations.  She leapt over every developmental hurdle as outlined in the child development textbooks, never deviating from the chosen path.  While my younger daughter, Lisa, was like buckshot spraying all over the place, Maria was more like the arrow that flew from the bow straight into the apple sitting on top of someone’s head.  Extremely focused, straight and accurate, that is what typified Maria.

And now, she is 31 years old.  I am her 63-year-old mother.  A high school math teacher, wife, mother, and homeowner, she has turned out so well I pat myself on the back and say, “Good job raising her!”  Can any mother ask for anything better? 

We are going to celebrate Maria’s birthday later this month, when my in-laws arrive from Boston for their annual vacation.

7 Responses to “Happy 31st birthday, Maria”

  1. LizKauai Says:

    Hauoli Lahanau, Maria!

  2. Mare Says:

    My son just turned 30. It’s hard to believe!! Happy Birthday to your daughter. Have a piece of cake for me!!

  3. kavita saharia Says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU MARIA….she looks adorable in Santa pic,second picture is priceless…….Gigi ,you don’t look 63…is salmon thrice a week is the secret?(lol)….really you look younger than your age.

  4. gigihawaii Says:


    What a nice thing to say! Thank you so much. I don’t know what 63 is supposed to look like, but there are days when I feel like I am 100.

    I am blessed that I do not have wrinkles, but I do have bags under my eyes that my doctor attributes to insufficient sleep. I am forcing myself to go to bed by 10:30 p.m. Let’s see if that helps.

  5. tokyo5 Says:

    My oldest daughter was also born in August and just had her 16th birthday a few days ago.

    How old is your granddaughter?

  6. pocho Says:

    Thats the pic many have been waiting for. I can see why you are so proud of her.

    Happy Birthday Maria!

    Gigi, the little one looks just like you

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