Slim and Franke

Slim and Franke

Monday, January 21, 2008

36 YEARS OF AMAZEMENT

Chelle is 36 today. She was forced into this world at a scheduled date so my alcoholic physician could get to a clinic to dry out. Since her entry into this world against the time of her own choosing, she has attempted to be in control.

She was five years old when her free balloon from McDonalds drifted away as soon as we got outside. "That's life" I told the angry child. But that did not satisfy Chelle. She marched back into McDonalds, ask for the manager and demanded another balloon. She came out smiling carrying a replacement balloon.

Her elementary school allowed boys to play soccer on the field at lunch time. It was Chelle who grabbed the ball from the boys and with a trail of little girls behind her, marched into the Principal's office and demanded equal time for the girls to play soccer. They got it.

High School led her to listen to the protests of all the band members about the unfairness of their director. She gathered all the facts and felt that most of the complaints had relevance. At what she believed the was the right time, she got the attention of the band director and read off the list of grievances. There was NOT resounding applause from her classmates and ONLY ONE of her friends accompanied her as she marched off the field. She had envisioned the entire band following her. Oops.

Regardless she has managed to continue her protests and move forward with the quest for truth and justice. Who knew such a tiny little baby girl would be full of so many surprises. She continues to amaze this mama.


Happy Birthday Chelle! We are so proud of you and we love you.

7 comments:

  1. Does she take after her Mom?

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  2. darn - she sounds pretty annoying.... good thing we had a chat saturday :)

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  3. Sounds like she was, and is out to change the world! Good for her! What a wonderful Mom she has, one who let her be herself, and has encouraged her to act with the courage of her convictions!

    You have lovely Grandchildren, GA:)

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  4. I love that you shared the "Oops." moment. Happy birthday to your girl!

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  5. What a great post! Go Chelle!

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  6. She sounds like a terrific firecracker lol, Happy Bday to Chelle!!

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  7. Happy B-day to Chelle!!
    She sounds like a corker!!!
    I hope her day was a goody!

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