MV Obsession

My obsession with Martha's Vineyard.. phototography..genealogy and life in general and this and that…

Birthday …


In the 8 and 1/2 years of my blog I don’t recall ever talking about my birthday, that’s about to change.

I was born on Saturday, February 14… Valentine’s Day.  Family story has it that my mother refused to have me on Friday the 13th.  Whether true or not I don’t know but I have always liked being a Valentine.

pizap.com14551502726661I was born in Newark, NJ where my dad was a police officer.  From the age of 6 months I spent all my summers on Martha’s Vineyard where my mother grew up.  What a lucky kid I was.

Out and about for a walk with my Easter bunny in my new Easter outfit.


I was an only child but never a lonely child.

Every year my mother would plan a party for my birthday and every year I’d be sick and it would have to be canceled.  At long last around the age of 9 or 10 I finally had my first birthday party.

I believe that was the first and last birthday party I had until my 50th many, many years later…

pizap.com14551586433181 The group picture is my daughter Deb with dog Jilly, daughter Patty, granddaughter Tiffany and me… we recreated it for Patty’s 50th a few years ago with Deb holding dog Chappy this time.  We’ve definitely all changed a bit I’d say.

And so that’s how birthdays go.  One year after another like clock work they roll around and  give us pause to think about the past ones and the ones still to come.

 DSC_0253 I can pretty much be summed up in this word search Patty made for me.


In the words of Carly Simon…”one number older, another year younger, blow out the candles, happy birthday” 🙂



Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

7 thoughts on “Birthday …

  1. having holiday birthdays is extra awesome!!!! you’re lucky that yours *always* is on valentines….mine falls on thanksgiving in cycles….i remember as a kid, whenever mine fell on thanksgiving, my mom would get me a baskin-robbins ice cream turkey….jamocha almond fudge with jamocha frosting (made of ice cream of course)…..turkey for dinner, turkey for dessert!!!!! happy happy birthday Joan ♥

    • Thank you 🙂 Can you still get the ice cream turkey ? Sounds delicious but of course no left overs for sandwiches… unless they’re ice cream sandwiches … lol
      Happy Valentine’s Day my friend.

  2. just checked the calendar…’s on thanksgiving this year!!!!! maybe i’ll make a goose!!!! 😉

  3. I love the Friday the 13th connection. My mother was born on Halloween. Her father used to say (over and over and over), “You were born on Halloween, so you’re a witch. If you’d come a day later, you’d be a saint.” Unfortunately my mother didn’t think he was kidding. He wasn’t exactly a nice man, so I don’t think he was either. Valentine’s Day is much better. Happy birthday to you!

  4. What a great day to have a birthday!!… and I just love all those old photos… wonderful post.

  5. Thank you karen ❤

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