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In a perfect world . . .


I’m sitting here on Christmas night with not much of anything to blog about but I’ve had a wonderful Christmas and I can’t help but wonder why.
I’m thinking it’s because I am loved.
The girls and Pamela are watching “Hairspray” and laughing and all things considered, my life is good.
I am the richest man in town at this moment.
I thank all of you dearly for leaving such wonderful comments.
Tomorrow is a very special day.
21 years ago tonight, I was driving my lovely and very pregnant wife to the hospital for the birth of our first little girl.
Sarah is 21 tomorrow.
Good God, time flies . . .
Please leave a warm wish or some sage advice for her.
Merry Christmas everybody!
And yes, it’s snowing on my blog tonight.
How apropos is that?


Happy Birthday, Sas!


  1. Lovely! Merry Christmas to you and yours! And the snow is beautiful…

  2. love the snow michael…it’s wonderful! you are indeed rich my friend…it’s a pity not more people realise how rich they are in the ways that matter as you do…
    sarah….i hope your birthday is filled with lots of family, love and good times….however given the family you have i’m sure all will come to pass…21? what i would do to be 21 again and know then what i know now! what a hoot that would be!!
    have a great day sweetie, we’ll be thinking of you…

  3. merry christma ~m and a very happy birthday to sarah

  4. Happy Birthday Sarah! Enjoy your day ! Twenty one today -how cool is that!
    Love, Mom

  5. Merry Christmas! I like the snow very much!

  6. Dear Sarah,
    Enjoy your 21st birthday knowing what a special young woman you’ve become! Kudos to your Mom and Dad, I know you make them proud!
    Hugs and hugs,

  7. Wow, Sarah, 21 today!!! Have the best day! Have fun! It really does fly by!
    Happy 21st!

    The snow is great :-) We’re so glad to hear your Christmas was great!

    :-) Lynn, John and the gang

  8. Merry Christmas Michael…give all your girls two hugs. One from me, and one just cos you can :)
    Happy Birthday to Sarah too! I’m freakin cos Zoe is 7 in 3 days time…
    Cheers, Kelly

  9. the snow effect is very cool. of course. the richest man in town? you bet. ole’ mr. potter’s got nothin on this george bailey!

    sarah: happy birthday to you. just remember:

    the best things in life aren’t things at all.

    believe in your convictions, even when others around you are following the herd.

    know in your heart that your family loves you and will always be there for you, no matter what.

    happy birthday! happy christmas!

  10. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes. It truly means a lot to see the support from friends and family. I hope everyone had a good holiday and have a happy new year!!

  11. Sarah: What a wonderful time of the year to have a birthday! And to be 21 again…we all wish we could celebrate THAT birthday again!

    Michael, your comment on my site on Christmas night moved me to tears. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You have no idea what that meant to me…

    Thanks for the warm comment, OB.
    Already been by and visited your place.
    Peace always, sista.
    HNY, too.

  12. Glad you had a most wonderful holiday! I have no sage advice. By the time I was 21 I had settled my ass down. 13-15 was bad for me. I’m sure you raised yourself a right-smart girl. Sit back and enjoy! Happy Birthday Sarah!!

  13. Sarah,
    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday! It reminds me of being 21…finally legal…for certain things…like voting! As for dating…well, you’d better check with Dad.
    Michael…wishing you and your Family a wonderful New Year filled with hope, health & happiness…and prosperity!
    Sorry..I’m late but the stomach flu bug hit my home in triple this season…busy playing nurse-maid here.
    But I’m feeling very rich as well. I have a Hubby who loves me…and 2 grandkids that keep me busy. It just doesn’t get better than that!

    Thanks, Matty. You’re a peach.

  14. Happy Birthday, Sarah! It’s got to be coincidence that our names are similar and I’m 21 in a couple of weeks, too!

    Congrats to you, Sera!

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