S: A Celebration of Caroline 's 50th Birthday!
BC: To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
FC: A Celebration of Caroline's 50th Birthday June 27, 2011 Mother-Daughter-Sister-Aunt-Friend
1: It's not the years in your life it's the life in your years.
6: The love of a family is life's greatest blessing.
10: I, without doubt have known you the longest. It is hard to believe that it is now half a century. You entered the world curious and interested in those around you. If you had been able to talk I am sure you would have given the nurse some advice about her wayward teenage boy. All the attributes that your friends and family see in you now were present at the beginning of your life too. Fun loving, curious, caring, adventurous, intelligent,wise and of course witty. You welcomed all who came on your path without prejudice. You accepted a mother who at times needed mothering herself. You brought me love and comfort. As your chicks leave the nest there will of course be some sadness, but what a great job you have done with them. You are, and always will be a great mother. I am looking forward to seeing your life in the next half century, as you take all you have learned from life so far and use all your qualities to expand "Caroline" to become even more of what you were meant to be. You are a beautiful person inside and out and I am so proud to have you as a daughter and friend. Happy Birthday and Much Much Love Mom/Sally
11: Caroline, Here's to the second half -- may you enjoy everything wonderful on your day and in the years to come! Love, Sistah | A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost. ~Marion C. Garretty
14: Mom, You have been in my life for 20 years. You have been there for me for 7,308 days and have helped me out in countless situations. I can always count on your advice and can always trust that you will pick up the phone if I call. You are one of the few women I look up to. I tell people that when I grow up I want to be just like my mother. You have mastered style and grace flawlessly and always see the good in every person, even if it's a guy at subway telling you his life story. One of the qualities I look up to is your strength. You have been through so much in your life and your story is extraordinary. I love you so much mom. I want to make you proud. You might be half a century old but I know you will be in my life long enough to see me grow into a person you will be extremely proud of. Happy Birthday! I love you! - Callie
15: Dear Mom, You’ve been the one person in my life who has always been there for me. You've helped me through the really tough times in my life I knew weren’t easy for either of us. We have been through a lot together and I look at where I am today and realize there's no way I'd ever be here if it wasn't for you. I have never really thanked you for everything you’ve done for me. I know I may seem unappreciative at times, but I have always been thankful for you. You and I have grown really close over the past two years. These hard times have made us closer. You are so strong to me. It takes a lot to get through what you’ve gone through; cancer, being a single parent when dad was gone, putting up with dad, me and Callie, moving our family from house to house to house. I wish I could put into words what an inspiration you are to me and how much I appreciate you. You are so important to me and I guess all I can really say is: I love you and I always will. Thank you mom. Love, Maddiy
16: To my Mother- I am your dog, and I have a little something I'd like to whisper in your ear. I know that you lead a busy life. It always seems like you are running here and there, often much too fast, often never noticing the truly grand things in life. Look down at me now, while you sit there at your computer. See the way my dark brown eyes look at yours? You decided to have me in your life because you wanted a soul to share such things with. Someone very different from you, and here I am. I am a dog, but I am alive. I feel emotion, I feel physical senses, and I can revel in the differences of our spirits and souls. I do not think of you as a "Dog on two feet" ---I know what you are. You are human, in all your quirkiness, and I love you still. -Betsey
17: "Happy Birthday to a great Aunt." - Love from Ian | I hope you have a birthday that's as beautiful as you are, Auntie Caroline. -Love from Hannah
19: Count your life by smiles not tears, count your age by friends not years.
22: Count your life by smiles not tears, count your age by friends not years. | My Dear Friend, I am so blessed to have you in my life. You are an amazing woman – smart, hysterical and just so pretty! I have many many fond memories of our friendship that I will always treasure. We have shared many a margarita, haven’t we? Someday we will have to TP that house, I have one in mind. Vegas was wonderful and of course we will always have SCOTTSDALE! Looking forward to many more adventures together. One of my fondest memories of us together is using gas station paper cups to toast to your health on what was otherwise a very difficult day. Be it paper cups, redneck wine glasses or plastic cups by the pool I look forward to toasting together again soon. Happy Birthday my friend. I love you and yes, I still want to be you when I grow up! Love, Nichole
23: Happy, Happy 50th Birthday Caroline! How blessed I have been to have you in my life! It seems like yesterday that we met for the first time in April of 2009. We met at Opah's for a night of divorce stories! We have had many long conversations, a few tears and many laughs! All part of the healing process. May you have a wonderful celebration! You certainly deserve it! I look forward to the future with you as someone I call...my friend! All the best, Diana | Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain. | Caroline, I still remember the first time I met you at bookclub, I came home thinking, "wow, that woman was so comfortable in her own skin, I want to be more like that." My appreciation of who you are has just grown over time. You've often spoke about your husband, but he didn't define you. You told the funniest stories about your girls, with pride and respect for their individuality, and who they were becoming as young women themselves. You participate in life, in all that is around you, and with everyone you meet. I love that. You're a great to be around, and when interesting topics come up I think "hmmm, what does Caroline have to say about that". I know it will be both insightful and amusing; two things I always enjoy. Your devil may care attitude is an inspiration for all women. And I for one can't wait to see what comes next. With you, I know it will be awesome. Take 50 by storm! Virginia
24: Caroline, Happy Birthday my dear friend!! One of my most fond memories of you took place on a roller coaster of a day. Back in 2003, I think, the 1/10 ladies took Nichole Geisenhof's van from Camp Lejeune to Arlington Cemetery for the funeral of 2nd Lt. Fred Pokorney. If my memory serves me correctly, we stopped at my parents house for a bit to eat before heading to Arlington. During a very emotional service, I remember looking over at you ladies and thinking that if tragedy ever struck me or my family I was certain that these same ladies would still be sitting by me. After the burial we loaded back up in the van and departed for home. It was then in our moment of sadness that Caroline's cell phone rang...it was her Oncologist calling to tell her she was cancer free. After such a sad afternoon we were quickly reminded that we still had to celebrate life, friendship and all the good things we were put on this earth to do. I will always remember that day. Caroline, thank you for always offering such encouraging words. You are a wonderful person and please know that I am celebrating your 50th from the opposite coast with a glass or two of wine. Much love, Courtney McDonald | Dear Caroline, Happy, happy 50th birthday! I am sorry that I cannot be there to celebrate it with you. I’m so very excited for what is next for you and where the road will lead. I giggle at the saying that one may pick one’s friends but not family; after all, not only are we friends, we are also family. We’ve gotten through some good times and some yucky times, and yet every memory I have of you involves laughter. And wine. I love you very much and hope you have a great birthday weekend! Ferah
25: Best Wishes Caroline for a very happy birthday and wonderful year. Here's to more great dinners, book club meetings, plays and lots more laughs. Warmest Regards, Caroline (aka Melinda's mom) | Caroline, Here's hoping that the next 50 years bring you much joy and happiness. - Pam & Steve | "A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked." - Bernard Meltzer Thanks for always putting a smile on my face, Caroline!! Cheers to 50 more years of FUN!! Much love from one cracked egg to another -Sally | “A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.”
26: Happy, Happy 50th Birthday Caroline! How blessed I have been to have you in my life! It seems like yesterday that we met for the first time in April of 2009. We met at Opah's for a night of divorce stories! We have had many long conversations, a few tears and many laughs! All part of the healing process. May you have a wonderful celebration! You certainly deserve it! I look forward to the future with you as someone I call...my friend! All the best, Diana | Caroline is sweet, savvy and stunning. She is the epitome of a wonderful starburst of sunshine. She is clever, creative and so, so special. That is what I think of Caroline. -Marla | My Dear Caroline, It’s hard for me to put into words just what you mean to me! It may be impossible! I remember the first time we met. It was in the salon in Jacksonville . I had a late appointment, and you and the girls came in the back door. Your hair was still growing in from chemo, yet you were, and still are, one of the most stunningly beautiful women I had ever seen! Your smile lit up the room and your laugh made everyone around want to laugh along with you. I will never forget that! I knew then you were someone I wanted to get to know better. I never imagined then what an important role you would come to play in my life. You are more than merely a friend; you truly are a sister to me. You’ve been there for me in the lowest of lows and celebrated with me during the highest of highs! I’ve learned so much from you about life, love, family, relationships, and just how to “take lemons and make lemonade” – lemonade with sweet tea vodka! As you celebrate this special birthday, I wish for you much happiness, true friends, great wine, cold margaritas, and everything YOU want in life. You deserve every good thing that comes your way. Wish I could be there to celebrate with you! I love you much!!! Jennifer
27: Caroline - Happy 50th Birthday to my surrogate sister! Memories from Austin, Fall 1982. Love you long time! - Shelley Wong | The year was 2008-I was a stunning beauty queen from Columbia. You-my competition from Venezuela. The Miss Universe title was within my grasp having won the swimsuit and evening gown competition with near perfect 10 scores. Final question was not my strong point--you nailed it and you and your yellow gown snatched the crown right off my head. We will forever share that special moment and memory. As you turn 50, Bitch, know that pageants will always be our bond and in our blood. May our beauty be eternal and know there will always be just one Miss Columbia and Miss Venezuela. Our friend Miss India is still struggling to walk in our footsteps. Happy Birthday...with love, Gary and Todd
28: Caroline, Happy 50th Birthday! I will never forget the first time I met you because we ended up in Robb's bed. Oh what a night! We were all watching the season finale of the Bachelor when the recording downstairs got all messed up, so we ran with our drink in hand upstairs and jumped into Robb and Melinda's bed so we wouldn't miss a minute. Yes, Caroline you were easy to bed, but then again I guess we all were. Ha! Ha! Ha! Love you & Congrats! Sheila LaNier | Happy 50th Birthday Caroline! 1961 was a fantastic year. You and I were both born and we share this honor with the forever young and beautiful, Princess Diana of Whale and the handsome hunk of a man, George Clooney. If we were fine scotch whiskey or smooth port wine, we'd be perfectly aged! Wait a minute, we are!!! Just take a good, long look in the mirror. You look fabulous! Sorry to tell you, but in 1961, the New York Yankees won the World Series. Oh, so sad. But, John F. Kennedy became President! It was a slower paced, technology free, kinder time when the year's top grossing movie was made for children-"One Hundred and One Dalmations." Loved it! Caroline, it has been an honor and pleasure getting to know you over these past three years. It's been a period in your life full of change and you've accepted all that's been thrown at you with grace and perserverance. We've laughed...cried...laughed....made fun of....laughed...shared secrets...laughed...gotten drunk, oh and laughed a lot together! It's been a fun ride. Thanks for the friendship! Much Love, Melanie P.S. I'll be first in line to buy your book!
29: When Caroline is in the mix, you're guaranteed a good story, great conversation and an all around fun time. You're a beautiful, intelligent and sophisticated woman Caroline. I always enjoy spending time with you. Happy, Happy 50th! Here's to many, many more! Love Ya! Meg | Life is a Game, play it; Life is a Challenge, meet it; Life is an Opportunity, capture it. | Dear Caroline- Happy 50th Birthday!!! I hope you have a wonderful day! It's been such a pleasure getting to know you over the past four years. I smile whenever I think of all the laughs we've shared at book/wine club. ;-) I hope the future brings you nothing but happiness! The best is yet to come!! :-) Sincerely, Angela
30: Caroline, It has not been easy to put into words what you mean to my family and me. I appreciate your sense of humor, outlook on life and your wisdom. I know that you will always give me honest opinion without the fear of being judged. I trust you unconditionally with my children and I enjoy the time we spend together. These past few years, we have been through a lot together and I am looking forward to being here to support and encourage you as you enter the next stage of your life. I am honored to call you my friend. Love, Melinda
31: Miss Caroline, I think you are fun. I like when we go to your house for dinner. I really like the popcorn shrimp. I wish you were in my family. I love you! -Jack | Miss Caroline, I love you. I have fun when you come over to my house and play dress up and dance with me. Happy Birthday! -Amanda