FC: The Wonderful Mom, Wife, Sister, Niece, & Friend Known As Tinker
1: To Mom, without whose presence and caring soul this book would have never been made possible...
2: Dear Lovely Wife, Ever since I met you, I have become the happiest man in the world. Without you, I cannot even imagine how my future would be like. You are a very wonderful wife that has given me three beautiful children. I am very happy to have you in my life. I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with you. I love you and happy 50th birthday. I hope you live another fifty and be able to spend it with me. Love, Mino
4: Mom, There aren't enough words that can describe how much you mean to me. I know I don't say it often enough, but you really are a great mom. Sometimes it boggles my mind that you have become such a wonderful person and amazing mom after all you have gone through. You've done such a great job and I am very proud of you and you should be too! I could never ask for someone better. Not only are you a great mom, but a great person who has a good heart. It's because of you that I am the person I have become. I like who I am and I like that I have a good heart like you, even if it means that we sometimes get the short end of the stick. You have taught me well and I am forever grateful to have that part of you in me. Now, you are fifty, a whole half century old! But, you look pretty damn good! Let this birthday be a continuance of the celebration of you and your life! Happy Birthday, Mom! Love, Marcie
5: Dear Mom, You are the best mom in the world. Reasons why I say this is because you do everything for me even though I may not deserve it sometimes. Thanks for everything you do for me because even though you think I don't appreciate it, I do. Love, Christian | Dear Mamah, Thank you for all that you do. I know I don't always say it,but I really do appreciate you. Everything you do is for others. You are the most unselfish person I know, especially when it comes to us kids. I hope you know that I look up to you and idolize many of your qualities. You are the greatest mom I know. There are not too many moms out there who come home and cook a big dinner for their family, and I think that has kept us close. The everyday tasks that you do for me I sometimes take for granted... but I know I am going to miss having you there when I eventually move out. The person I am today is because of you and I would like to thank you for that. I really love you so much, Mom. Happy 50th birthday!! I hope you have many, many more to come. p.s. thank you for giving me these good looks because I know I didn't get them from dad! Love you, Rosalia
8: I remember when we used to take trips home to Chicago from Geff and you used to always drive 80 and we used to have a big black Crown Vic and Gram would tell me to sit back and be quiet in the back seat, and it was amazing that we always made it in like five hours when it should have taken a little longer. I also remember you in the kitchen learning to cook from Gram and maybe that's why we have a great passion to be in the kitchen. I hate to admit it, but you're a better cook than me. Love, Paul | Tinker, At this time in your life, did you ever think you would turn out to be the corner stone in our family? You're the one who keeps us all together. I love you, and I hope you have the greatest 50th birthday. Love, Matthew | "She likes Chinese food!" Love, Ma
10: To my oldest sister!, For the first 36 years of my life, I often thought and wondered where did I come from? Who did I look like? What really happened to my birth mother? Is she still alive? On July 13th, 2002, I got all the answers to my questions. Thanks to you and your perseverance, the mysteries of my life had been solved. I can't ever describe the joy and happiness that comes over me knowing that you continued to search for me after all those years. The joy I felt and feel to know that Marguerite was and is alive and that extra blessing of you, Paul and Matthew still amazes me!! We don't share many memories or have much history YET, but I want you to know that I truly love you and I'm very proud to call you my sister!! Happy 50th Birthday, Tinker. May God bless you With much love, Your Sister, Mary
12: When Tinker was little, she hated to go to bed while everyone else, who was older than her got to stay up and watch TV. Off of the front room, Gram was reading her newspaper every night. Tinker would sit on the bottom stair and tell Gram, 'Good night Gram, I have to go to bed now.' This was repeated as she went up each stair, until she reached the top or if Gram told her to come sit by her and watch TV. Not sure how many times Gram gave in, but Tinker was her special girl, so I am sure it was a lot!! Love, Kathy | I was eleven going on twelve when Tinker was born. When she came home from the hospital I thought I had finally gotten my own baby doll. I loved to hold her and feed her and yes, even change her diapers. As she got older, she was just another sister in the house to have fun, and, yes, to fight with for sure. As we both got older, I realized I could not have a better sister or better daughter or better friend. She has always been there for me and I have tried to be there for her. As I always say in our family, we have all been through a lot, but we are lucky to have each other and count all the blessings we have. And, Tinker, I count on you every day... Love, Linda
13: In 1970 we moved to the apartment on Wilson Ave where at times there were five girls on one bedroom. Two sets of bunk beds were set up for Susan and Carol and on the left side of the room and Pam and Tinker on the right side. When sister Sis was over for the night, I got little "Tinker Bell" to sleep with me. We always had an arrangement since it was a single bed and not all that much room. I up against the wall on my left side with my legs bent so Tinker could lay on her back with her legs over mine. We also shared the same pillow and blanket, we never had an extra of anything. When I went off to the military, one of the things I truly missed was my littlest sister sharing my bed. In the winter, Tinker is like a furnace keeping you warm and toasty and she always had something to talk about even if you were going to sleep. Happy times in the life of Tinker and I, a bond forever in my soul. Love always, Pam | Tinker, I remember when I was going to a Halloween party and the joke was that I would dress up as a girl- dress, nylons, heels, the whole bit. But, when we got to the makeup, we started to laugh. When you started putting on the eye mascara, we were laughing so hard we were crying. Love, Susan
16: Tinker, Remember the time were were invited to a party and they had a psychic? We both had our readings and the woman was putting her stuff away in a back bedroom. We MUST have compared notes and discovered that neither of us had asked about kids! We were not letting her out of that bedroom without asking! So as she was somewhat preoccupied, we worked up the nerve to ask, she seemed "I am done," but in a hurry blurted out "You will have three and you will have none." A few years later you were hospitalized and I went to see you in the hospital and you were upset that you had a cyst on one of your ovaries. BUT, after the surgery they told you they took one ovary and like half of the other!!! One day short after you come home crying, and I'm like OMG what is wrong?? You're crying so hard and I ask you what happened? What's the matter? You manage to get out "I am pregnant." OMG! We both had tears of joy! That was Marcie and the rest is history. Love, Sue
18: Tinker, We met 30 years ago. You had come to visit your Aunt Carol and Uncle Bob and we became fast friends. We would hang out and go dancing- disco! Our friendship continued after Marcie and Joseph were born. We shared recipes. Although our lives have taken us in different directions, I know I can always consider you my friend. It could be a year since we haven't talked and I can call you and pick up our conversation. We understand each other and I never feel judged by you. Love, Mary
20: To the woman we admire, We just want to take the time to thank you for helping us out with our homework, for guiding us when no one else was. For the happy moments we spent together, for all the things you do to help everyone else. Thanks for always having that courage to believe in us But most importantly, for welcoming us in your home and for helping us adjust when we first came here. We wish you all the best in the many years to come. Love, Tono, Tongo, Nena, Tony, Ceci, Lizy
21: Tinker, We wanted to wish you on your very special, 50th birthday all the best that life can bring. We're very lucky to have you as a sister-in-law and as an aunt to our kids. We hope that you have a great birthday, and remember- "Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." Written by George Bernard Shaw. Love, Temo, Gosia, Darek, Janek
22: "Dan remembers when they used to put you in the clothes pin bag on the clothes line which was on the second floor of the house they lived in on Magnolia. Both of us can still hear the 'Oh, Gram, Oh, Gram' which you would whine about while sitting on the steps when it was time for you to go to bed." Love, Dan & Bonnie | "Yes, I remember the whining so well. And sometimes it worked!" Love, Bert | "Uncle Tony used to tell her to go to sleep, and Tinker would whine and say 'Gram, they're making me go to sleep and I don't want to go to sleep.' Then Gram would let her stay up. Tinker could do no wrong in Gram's eyes. What a cute little girl she was and what a wonderful person she turned out to be." Love, John | "What a wonderful person I think Tinker is. She is a very strong woman and I admire her. She is an awesome mom, always running here and there, never missing anything her kids are in. She is so proud of her kids, she loves her family, she's warm and really cares." Love, Mary
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