S: 50 Years...Countless Memories
BC: Happy 50th Birthday!
FC: 50 Years... Countless Memories | A 50th birthday is a milestone in a person's life. It is the mark of completion for half our journey. The best is yet to come ...
1: WE ASKED THE VARIOUS PEOPLE YOU HAVE MET OVER THESE PAST 50 YEARS THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS: 1. I've have known Anita for... we met when... 2. My favorite thing about Anita is ... 3. The funniest thing I ever saw Anita do was... 4. The happiest I ever saw Anita was when she... 5. The dumbest thing I ever saw Anita do was... 6. Anita drives me crazy when she ... 7. My most memorable moment with Anita was... List 5 words to describe her. This is a culmination of what your friends and family had to say about you .........
3: Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music . . .
4: Love at first sight is easy to understand; it's when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle.
5: I love thee, I love but thee With a love that shall not die Till the sun grows cold, And the stars grow old...
6: Faith , hope and love abide . . .
7: And the greatest of these is love . . .
8: Anita and I have known each other for over six years. We met on-line, which back then was considered quite unusual. (How times have changed !) Although, we had many long phone conversations and were getting along quite well, we almost didn’t meet in person. Anita told me later that she had gotten cold feet and almost left the restaurant before I showed up for our first date. I am so thankful that she was talked out of leaving by one of her friends on the cell phone (it was a public place and what’s the worst that can happen?) Well, the rest is history. We hit it off beautifully, went through many good times and supported each other through some rough times, and now we have just celebrated our third wedding anniversary. | HAPPY BIRTHDAY Anita !!
9: I feel so privileged to have met this wonderful lady, fall in love with her and be a part of her life. She is an extremely bright, caring, selfless and loyal person with a wonderful sense of humor. She is such a loving wife, a great friend to many, a wonderful mother to her kids and by all accounts a great teacher to hundreds of children over the years. Although she is entering her AARP years, she is still very young at heart. I have learned the hard way to stay out of her reach if she has a watering hose in her hands. She just can’t resist spraying people with water. Must have been something she picked up as a small town girl with nothing else to do in Rockton. Anita can also be extremely competitive. I saw her play the game “spoons” once at a New Years Eve party and I couldn’t believe how intent she was on winning that game. It almost got bloody ! She also hurts my pride by never letting me win in a game of Scrabble. I am guessing it must be all that practice she gets by playing those online word games on her laptop (Wordwomp, etc) . That’s my story and I am sticking to it. Anita takes great pride and enjoyment out of her daily interactions with Jonathan, Owen and Molly. And I must not forget her favorite child, Parker (the Puggle). She is a great mom and always there for her kids. Although she gets incredible enjoyment out of spending time with her kids and sisters (the MacMartin girls), I am not sure I have ever seen her more happy than when she watches Parker and I play around. I will chase him, he will chase me, back and forth until I am exhausted. Then I will walk away and to Anita’s delight, Parker will run and jump and bite me in the butt. Ouch! She laughs and laughs and laughs. I guess whatever it takes to make her happy. Well, I could go on and on about Anita, but it’s time to say HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY! I love you very much and look forward to spending the next 50 years with you. …..Wow, I’ll be 103 and can visit you every day in the nursing home after my round of golf. | Curt
11: I don't care how poor a man is; if he has family, he's rich.
12: A sister is forever.
13: Having a sister is like having a best friend you can't get rid of. You know whatever you do, they'll still be there.
14: One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life; That word is love. | A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.
15: 1. I've known Anita for 50 years. We met when she was just a babe in my arms-a real young babe-not the older svelte babe that she is now. 2. My favorite thing about Anita Marie is that goofy side of her which is a lot of fun. 3. The funniest thing I see Anita do is play Catch Phrase in the yearly family groupings. (I'm sure there are others, but my 56 year old brain is failing me at the moment. 4.There are two things which made Anita the happiest- A. Watching with pride as her precious kids- Jonathan, Molly, and Owen achieved ever new heights. B. Having one of her elaborately and carefully planned events come off just as planned. 5.Damn- I really can't think of a dumb thing that she's done-at least not right now. 6. Anita drives me crazy when she feels she has to be perfect. 7. My most memorable moment with Anita was...gosh-that's hard, there's been so many funny, laughing, pissy with each other. But one of the most poignant memories of Anita was at our Dad's wake-the deep extent to which his death pierced her very soul. I'll never forget it. Anita: Magnanimous, funny, loving, always prepared and yet, always a little hard to fathom. I LOVE MY BABY SISTER!!!
16: Our roots say we're sisters, our hearts say we're friends.
17: I've have known Anita for 50 years as of March 14, 1959, she became my youngest sister. For some unknown reason we formed a bond that has carried us through the happiest and saddest moments of our lives. She is not just my sister, she is the one person I always turn to for advice and support. My favorite thing about Anita is that she is always there for me, and that she quickly forgives me when I frustrate her. The funniest thing I ever saw Anita do was...WOW, there are soooo many things... I remember in Champaign; Jill, Nita, and I sharing a double bed, kicking and squirming to establish our own territory while sharing a bag of choc. chip cookies ( a feat in itself, you will see why when you read Jills entry, LOL) Jill got up, looked in the mirror and said, "wow I never knew I had so many moles."...She was covered with melted chocolate chips all around her neck. And coming back from Florida, caught in a blizzard, trying to change a flat tire on Mary's VW in our Florida sunshine clothes was quite a fiasco until a trucker stopped to help us. ... and more recently wearing two different shoes to school. Found out she is not ALWAYS so put together but we all revilled in that one opportunity. The happiest I ever saw Anita is when she was watching Jonathan, Molly, or Owen involved in something. She is so proud of all three of them. I don't think I have ever seen Anita do anything that dumb... that she would want me to talk about. I will never forget - Anita was but a babe, maybe 3 or 4 years old and still not waking up to go to the bathroom if you know what I mean. We had a little toy manchester, Jet, who slept under the covers -- well all I can say is, one night he darted out from under those covers like a drowned rat ....something she may not remember but I certainly do. Anita drives me crazy when she gets so worked up becasue something doesn't go as well as she expects it to. She is such a perfectionist, and...sensitive, loyal, loving, funny... HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY, NITA! I love you...Lynn
18: Anita – I love you and I thank you for all that you do; forgiving, forgetting, for laughing and crying with me. I am so happy to have this opportunity to say these things as we celebrate a half century. Happy 5oth and many, many more!! Love Your Sister Laurie
19: Anita I've too have known you for... 50 YEARS – Since the day, you popped out- as the kids say! My favorite thing about you is ... You are my sister!!! You are always there, even after we get mad. We have a blast at the holidays and when we are all together. Plus you give great birthday presents. The funniest thing I ever remember you doing was... Crawling up on the dresser, in your sleep (to go see Sara) and got stuck on a giant sticky sugar daddy someone had given Dad at school. The happiest I ever saw you was when... You danced with Dad at your wedding. It was such a special moment; and playing games with the family – Pictionary, Catch Phrase, and watching the dogs play. The dumbest thing you ever did was... probably getting sick at the Springfield parade, uh huh – but getting that pen stuck in your mouth, (Not your fault– JILL) – wasn’t too cool either. Come to think of it – You used to put the air conditioner on in your room until it was freezing cold- and then turn your electric blanket to High. Anita you drive me crazy when...you get really stubborn about things. Our most memorable moments together ... Let’s see – Sleeping out in junior high, That stupid cat, olive, dot, eek (CODE) club Beth Ann and I worked all summer to keep away from you and Jill. playing teacher with Shelly and Vicki Funk, hanging out with you at NIU, AND Going to Florida with Jill and those two guys we didn’t know too well. Remember .... Jill decided to break the ice by “airing ” out the car before we were barely out of town. Five words that describe you are: 1. loyal 2. thoughtful 3. sensitive 4. intelligent 5. caring Anita is my little – big sister. She is my best friend (don’t worry Lynn and Betty – you fit into that category as well —LOL) and my confidant. She has always been there for me and will always be there. She is a part of me. I hurt when she hurts and I laugh when she laughs. I depend on her when I have tough decisions to make. When I need back up with ‘Chris issues” She usually takes my side, (although Chris will tell you otherwise.) I don’t know what I would do without her.
20: 1. I have known Anita... We met in kindergarten!!! 2. My favorite thing about Anita is... She is sooo solid as a person and cares more about people than things. 3. The funniest thing I ever saw Anita do... giving a tug on her dad's shorts when his hands were caught up changing his shirt - and to all's surprise they fell straight to the ground leaving him standing in his underwear in front of Detta, me and all who were in the room. All Warren could do was stand there and yell " Ma...r...Ma ... r 4. The happiest I ever saw Anita was... When she became a mom. 5. The dumbest thing I ever saw Anita do...Just couldn't wait to get into those Fishers potato chips while driving! 6. Anita drives me crazy when she... Never is a slob. | Five words that describe Anita: Loyal, Sentimental, Stubborn, Organized, Silly. | Some friends are like sisters, they know more about us that we know of ourselves. They have shared everything, love, loss, been miserable and joyous together.
21: My most memorable moment with Anita was... 7. Memories are plentiful; from sporting our Brownie beenies together, buying matching swimming suits from the Variety Store in 4th grade, to playing in band all the way through high school, having crushes together, surviving losses, and perhaps most memorable, sharing a college dorm room together. I remember sneaking Pizza in the window so we wouldn't have to share, and Carla practically living with us in our NIU room, not to mention the fun Florida trips (remember the ice storm). Also, pen in mouth nightmare accident from the constant goofing around (I hardly remember studying), and lets not forget Steve's lion tail and fun with Laurie and Mike (hot for you, but not for you because of Howie). It was fun going to 2 class reunions together as well, living apart for much of the time inbetween, and reconnecting once again. Also, that we both found happiness a second time on Match.com. Remember we thought we should both just get married together? I thought, if she can do it, so can I. My fondest recent memory though is that you have been 'my mom's favorite daughter' as our family jokes time and again. You have been there for her, along with your mother, making her a part of your family creating your own memories. Her own daughters have not been in the area to do this sort of day-to-day stuff. We always heard about "Anita this and Anita that" with Barb, of course, her best pal. This is really going full circle in the lifetime of friendship. I love that part the most, and of course, that we still have 50 more years to go! Maybe we will even get together one of these days! | -Jill
22: A man shall leave his mother . . .
23: . . . and a woman leave her home.
24: Family life is full of major and minor crises -- the ups and downs of health, success and failure in career, marriage, and divorce -- and all kinds of characters. It is tied to places and events and histories. With all of these felt details, life etches itself into our memory and personality. It's difficult to imagine anything more nourishing to the soul.
25: Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.
26: Other things may change us, but we start and end with family. | Born together, friends forever.
27: To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other's hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.
28: "My mother had some trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."
29: 1. I've have known Anita for... since I popped out. 22 excellent years. 2. My favorite thing about Anita is... seeing her laugh when she isn't in the mood. Nothing satisfies me more. This usually involves me physically overpowering her in some way. 3. The funniest thing I ever saw Anita do was when she... I wasn't there for it, but I'm pretty sure I would have died had I seen her waltz through a store with white (and not hidden) chapstick all over her face. 4. The happiest I ever saw Anita was... whenever she is in a room with everyone she loves, usually Christmas. Also, Catchphrase (this is when the deadly Anita silent laugh comes out... it's infectious, beware). 5. The dumbest thing I ever saw Anita do was... I'm sure others have mentioned it, but Mom, come on, how didn't you see that sliding glass door? She also apparently enjoys attempting to teach 3rd graders with two different shoes on. 6. Anita drives me crazy when she ... worries, worries, worries. We'll be fine, Mom. You raised us well. I promise (except for Owen... bad seed). 7. My most memorable moment with Anita was... too many to count. I've always especially enjoyed the time we've spent alone, seeing as how she likes me best and really cuts loose when those other two (I forget their names) aren't around. List five words that describe Anita... Patient, Caring, Loving, Intelligent, ..... Mom, I'm not the best at these things, but you probably know that. And because you know that, I know you'll appreciate this: I would never have gotten anywhere (ANYWHERE) in my life if it weren't for you. For every mountain that's been in my way (and there's been a lot of them), you've been right there to help me climb it. I couldn't have asked for a better person to guide me through life, and I couldn't have wished for a better person to emulate in my life. My future children are already lucky. I love you, Mom, and I always will. Happy birthday. P.S. - One more thing. According to my records, you've never farted in my presence. You're 50 now, so you'll probably lose the ability to keep that streak going real soon. I'm letting you know now that it's okay... rip away. | -Jonathan
30: All My Love (to quote Gramdma) Molly Marie | "If you're alone, I'll be your shadow. If you want to cry, I'll be your shoulder. If you want a hug, I'll be your pillow. If you need to be happy, I'll be your smile. But anytime you need a friend, I'll just be me. " | Is this the little girl i carried?
31: 1. I've known Anita for... 19 years, 1 month, 26 days. We met when... she gave birth to me!!!! 2. My favorite thing about Anita is ... She is the most loyal and trustworthy person I know, and not just because she is my mom. 3. The funniest thing I ever saw Anita do was... play Catch Phrase, she NEVER stops laughing and its contagious. 4. The happiest I ever saw Anita was when... probably when she is with her friends, especially Margo. She's always smiling with her, and I can honestly say I have just as much fun with the two of them, just going to dinner or something, as I do with my own friends! 5. The dumbest thing I've ever seen Anita do was... run into the glass window in Florida, hahaha! 6. Anita drives me crazy when... she worries TOO MUCH! 7. My most memorable moment with Anita was... I'm not sure I could pick only one. One would be the time we drove home from Bloomington for 2 hours and talked about EVERYTHING the whole time. I learned a lot about life that night. Five words that describe Anita: 1. dedicated, 2. compassionate, 3. poised, 4. strong, 5. inspirational My mom has HONESTLY taught me so much about life, and she exemplifies the ideal woman. She has shown me that confidence and ambition are absolutely necessary, and that the ability to view life from others perspectives and feel empathy for each individual situation will in turn make you a better, more understanding person. I will continue to try and emulate her for the rest of my life. She is more than my mother, she is my very best friend.
32: "A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take." | Is this the little boy at play?
33: 1. I've have known Anita for... we met when... All 19 of my years, met her at birth of course. 2. My favorite thing about Anita is ... Knowing that she's my mom. There's no way I could ever, ever ask for a better mother. She is completely, 100% perfect. 3. The funniest thing ever saw Anita do was ... When she reversed back into the Camry because me and Molly were waving goodbye to her and she was paying attention to us, the loving mother she is. Sorry mom. 4. The happiest I ever saw Anita was when ... Aunt Betty visits. 5. The dumbest thing I ever saw Anita do was... Didn't see it, but the story of her running into the glass door in Florida. 6. Anita drives me crazy when she ... When I don't take good care of myself. But I also love that she's so persistent and motivating in getting me to stay healthy. 7. My most memorable moment with Anita was... There's no way I could limit it to one. I was always the momma's boy growing up, so I know at many points I was inseparable with her, never wanting to leave her side. List five words that describe Anita ..... Loving, unselfish, helpful, amazing, perfect. I love my mom more than anything in this world. There's no way I would be where I'm at today without her guidance. Growing up I loved Grandma MacMartin so much and I always thought of her as the most perfect and amazing human being I had ever met and loved her unconditionally. Now it's very obvious and easy to realize that my mom is her daughter. It's become apparent that she is a spitting image of Grandma and is the same kind of an amazing and perfect person anyone would be forever grateful for having in their life, and best of all she's my mother. Thank you so much Mom for being the very best person I've ever known, love you forever with all my heart. | -Owen
34: I don't remember growing older..........
36: When did they?!
37: Making the decision to have a children - it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.
38: We never know the love of our parents until we become one.
39: Children are the living messages we send to the times we will not see.
40: Love is patient, love is kind.
41: the MOST loved child.
42: Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
43: JET | Man AND Mom's best friends
45: 1. I've have known Anita for my entire life since i met her when i came out of my mom's uterus I'm sure :) 2. My favorite thing about Anita is; I agree with Mal her laugh is really infectious. I always start laughing when she is laughing... I think it's a sister's thing when it's nita, betty, my mom and laurie, they laugh about some of the most ridiculous things that its hard not to laugh at them cause they are always all out of breath at the end of it.... hahahahaha love it. 3. The funniest thing I ever saw Anita do was when she walked into the glass sliding door down at Sara's condo thinking it was open, and then just stared at me like it was my fault or something... hahahahahaha love it!!! 4. The happiest I ever saw Anita was when she is around her sisters... constant laughter and... nostalgia moments. 5. The dumbest thing I ever saw Anita do was.... ill get back to you on this one i have to think about it more... 6. Anita drives me crazy when she get's mad for no reason. 7. My most memorable moment with Anita was; I would have to say the same thing as the funniest thing i had ever seen her do, when she ran into the door... o man mol we need to talk about that moment im over here laughing out loud. | -Sarah
47: 1. I've have known Anita for... we met when... Well, I can't exactly remember the first time we met...I'm assuming it was on or around November 21, 1986. I do remember shaking hands and exchanging the usual salutations. She had a pink shirt and jeans on...and was sporting bangs and spectacles. 2. My favorite thing about Anita is ... Her egg caserole for sure...it excites me more than Santa and Rudolph movies at Christmas time. 3. The most memorable trip I took with Anita was... New Hampshire. I used to love going with all the cousins to Wolfboro. I remember always going downtown and eating ice cream with Anita (cuz she loves ice cream) at Bailey's Dockside. 4. The happiest I ever saw Anita was when she... She loves giving gifts. She has such a glow on her face when recipients open her well-thought out purchases. 5. The story Anita told me that stands out most in my mind was... When Owen told her red means stop, green means go and yellow means GO FASTER!! 6. Anita drives me crazy when she ... Worries. Obviously it justs a repercussion of caring for others, but things always seem to work out in her favor. I looked up the phrase, "Worry wart" in the dictionary and Anita's picture was in there...she was wearing a pink shirt and jeans, and was sporting bangs and spectacles. 7. My most memorable moment with Anita was... Nita and my mom used to take Jonathan and I to Machesney Park mall all the time. They would take us to movies, buy us either corn dogs or cheese quesadillas at Olga's and then finish it off by buying us the newest ninja turtle. List 5 words to describe her. caring, giving, worrier, emotional, entertaining -BEN
49: I have known Anita all of my life. She was there when I was born- at least that is what I am told. My favorite things about Anita is … that she can always make the family laugh. She’s a good “center.” The funniest thing I ever saw Anita do…When she was my teacher in 4th grade, my belly growled, she thought I farted and said CHRIS… The happiest I ever saw Anita was.. whenever Betty is around and the family is together. The dumbest thing I ever saw Anita do… Well she’s not like the other sisters – she doesn’t really do dumb things. Anita drives me crazy when she gets cranky. My most memorable experience with Anita … When I threw up in her car. Well actually- She picked me up after practice because it was raining, and I had just had 3 workouts but I didn’t eat. She had to pull over so I could throw up. Oh; And, And – When I got locked out of the house during a blizzard. I rode a bike over to her house, my hands were freezing. Anita took care of me and let me get warmed up at her house. Anita is : Funny, enthusiastic, outgoing, talkative and Sarcastic.LOL Aunt Anita is always there when I need her. She always makes me laugh. She is kind to everyone and fun to be around. She can always make me smile if I am having a bad day. Chris's Space C | -Chris
50: 1. I've have known Anita for my whole life, obviously. We met I'm sure when Mom came back to Rockton for the first time after I was born. I was young enough to not remember it! 2. My favorite thing about Anita is how she opens her house to us every year and makes us feel like we never left home. 3. The funniest thing I ever saw Anita do is when she lets loose with a laughing fit playing games with the family. Once she starts laughing there's not much she can do to stop. Can't beat it! 4. The happiest I ever see Anita was when she is with her family with Sophie (or Parker) on her lap. 5. The dumbest thing I ever saw Anita do was whipping out the imaginary Old West pistols and destroying her Catch Phrase competition... 6. Anita drives me crazy when she gives into Parker's insatiable hunger for human food. 7. My most memorable moment with Anita was when I watched American Pie for the first time and realized my Aunt, Mrs. Stiffler, would forever live in pop culture infamy. List five words that describe Anita: Loving, Strong-willed, Welcoming, Beautiful, Loved | -Bryce
51: I've have known Anita for about 4 or 5 years, although I felt like I’ve known her for way longer since Betty, Bryce, and Eli always told me stories (always good stories , of course!). I met her the first time I went out to Rockton for Christmas. My favorite thing about Anita is how amazingly welcoming she is. She is one of the best hostesses that I know, and whenever we are in Rockton I feel right at home! The funniest thing ever saw Anita do was when we were playing Catchphrase and Anita’s word was gun, and the way she described it was by making a gun with her thumb and pointer finger and saying “POO.” I still laugh about that. --- By the way, thank you for sending Bryce catch phrase for his birthday...I can’t wait to play when you and Molly come to visit!!! The happiest I ever saw Anita was when... Watching her kids open their Christmas presents! You can tell that Anita puts a lot of time and thought into the gifts she buys. She always looks so happy when they unwrap the exact thing they wanted! The dumbest thing I ever saw Anita do was...I can’t say I’ve seen Anita do anything dumb! Anita drives me crazy when she ..And she never really drives me crazy! My most memorable moment with Anita was...The first time I came out to Rockton for Christmas...the whole trip was amazing! Staying with Anita is so comfortable and cozy, and is a great way to spend the holidays. I was so upset that I could not make it last year, but this year we are definitely coming. I don’t think I can live another year without it! List five words that describe Anita..... Generous, Welcoming, Funny, Caring, Beautiful Happy Birthday Anita!!! I hope that you have an amazing birthday and an even better year to come! I can't wait for you to come out and visit us in SF...it is going to be a blast. Here's to you! | - Rita
53: 1. I've known my Aunt Nita for 18 years! (My entire life). 2. My favorite thing about my Aunt Nita is that from the time I was very young, and my mom would LEAVE ME alone in Rockton haha, my aunt would always make me laugh and be sure that I was having the best possible time! 3. Hmmm, the funniest thing I ever saw my Aunt do..well I know there are probably many, but of course catchphrase comes to mind! The funniest thing about it is how hysterical she gets. She's crying, she can hardly breathe, her laughter turns silent, and shes probably close to peeing her pants (because when my mom laughes really hard she wets her pants). 4. The happiest I see my Aunt Nita is when my family and I are visiting :) I cant say that I see her any other time to compare it to, but I'm pretty damn sure that's when she's the happiest! The whole family is together, and we just laugh NON-STOP, (mostly at my weirdo of a mom) haha..but none the less everyone is having such a great time, and I hardly ever see my Aunt without a smile on her face. 5. I've been racking my brain, but honestly I don't think I've ever seen my Aunt do anything really dumb before..I wish I had been in Florida to see the whole door incident though! 6. Anita drives me crazy when, she gets really worried and flustered! IT RUNS IN THE MACMARTIN WOMEN! Aunt Nita and all her sisters are the same way, and once they think something is not a good idea they will go on, and on, and on, and just be worry warts! 7. My most memorable moments with my Aunt Nita are when I would be visiting Rockton alone, (without my brother or my mom), and I wouldnt be able to fall asleep because I was so home sick. She would always tuck me into her bed with her and give me a big blue Tylenol PM so that I could fall asleep. - Eli
54: A family is like fudge..mostly sweet with a few nuts.!!!
56: Some of our most memorable moments...
57: Without our traditons, life would be as shaky as...as...as a fiddler on the roof!
58: Don't cry because it is over; | smile because it happened.
60: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.
61: “I've heard that it's possible to grow up - I've just never met anyone who's actually done it. Without parents to defy, we break the rules we make for ourselves. We throw tantrums when things don't go our way, we whisper secrets with our best friends in the dark, we look for comfort where we can find it, and we hope - against all logic, against all experience. Like children, we never give up hope...”
62: I met Anita when Jill/Anita started kindergarden. My favorite thing about Anita is ... her humor/smile. The happiest I ever saw Anita was the birth of her three children. The dumbest thing I ever saw Anita do was...NOTHING SO FAR.. My most memorable moment with Anita was... Reminiscing all the good times, we all had with her Mother (my best friend)--And how I inherited Tipper the cat with the (toilet- brush-tail)--plus a brother named Jack and also both cats related to a Momma Cat belonging to dear old Clarence List five words that describe Anita: THOUGHTFUL, KIND, LOVING, HUMOROUS, SENSITIVE. Love Your Other Mother --- Carol Lee/Tipper
63: Dear Anita, I am so sorry that I will not be able to help you celebrate your 50th birthday! We are still in Texas until mid-April. I worked with your mom at the "Hub Drug Store" in the mid to late 50's. You were born in 1959 so you probably weren't around at that time! I guess I didn't really get to know you until the Rockton Grade School days when you were teaching there and I can't remember what year you started. I know Lynn was teaching first grade or maybe second when she started. I do remember when you had the twins! We always had a lot of fun at school. I loved the crazy parties we had for birthdays, showers, etc. Also our lunches were always great too. I especially remember when Dick died and you sent me the nicest letter. I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't had all my friends at school! All of you were so supportive and helpful. I wish your mother could have been here to help you celebrate. She loved all of you girls so much and was so proud of all of you and your families! I am so happy for you and your "new life" and all the accomplishments you have experienced with your three loving kids. You are special Anita and my wish is for you to have many more birthdays. Hey - how long before you can retire and come down to Texas for the winter? We have a lot of fun down here and the weather is SO great. Was 94 the other day - that is too hot but mostly between 75-85. Have a very happy 50th birthday! We'll have to get together when I get home this spring! Love, Donna Granath
64: We met Anita in 1963. She was three years old when we moved to Rockton. We moved in “down the ally” from the MacMartins. Shortly after, Julie started to babysit for Anita while her sisters were in school and her parents worked. Barb was working at the drug store and Warren was teaching at the grade school. After a few years we moved out to the country. The MacMartin girls then became babysitters for our four children Carl, Stacey, Tina and Jennifer. The tradition continued years later when our girls started babysitting. They have fond memories of Jonathon, Molly and Owen. During my time as a teacher I had the pleasure of having all of the MacMartin girls in my class. Most memorable though would have to have been Anita and her sidekick Jill. They were always up to no good! When was she not happy during those school years? I can’t recall a time. She always had a smile on her face. The dumbest thing I ever saw Anita do was PLAY TRICKS ON “MR. SHULLER”…. She never thought that there would be pay back. I always got the last laugh! Anita, do you remember the limburger cheese? My most memorable moment with Anita was When Anita and Jill placed a whoopee cushion on my desk chair. Everyone in the class knew about it but me. Boy did they think I was MAD! In reality, it took everything I had not to crack up! Did I mention I ALWAYS get the last laugh… List 5 words to describe her. Anita is Anita After 50 years I think it would be okay if you called me “Ray”!
65: Happy Birthday Anita! All our love Ray and the Shuller Family
66: I have known Anita for 5 years... I first met her when Jon and I were dating in high school when she picked me up to go to the apple orchard. I remember that being the best day I'd had in a long time... My favorite thing about Anita is her laugh. It's infectious. It's hard to be upset around her because she is so sweet and caring. I especially love when she laughs so hard she goes silent... The funniest thing I ever saw Anita do was...anytime I've seen her with Margo she is just so silly because the two of them laugh so hard its hilarious. The happiest I've ever seen Anita is whenever she is with all 3 of her kids at the same time. Anita drives me crazy when she doesn't take time out for herself! Stop worrying so much about everyone else and go do something nice for yourself once and awhile missy! My most memorable moment with Anita is very, very hard to pinpoint because there have been so many...I'd have to say it was my first Christmas at her house. She welcomed me and we laughed and played games and she even made me a stocking. I have to be honest, I hadn't had that much love or fun with my own family in years. Anita made me feel like I had a true family again...and I'll never forget that feeling. Or that first Christmas.
67: I can't begin to explain how thankful I am for having Anita in my life. She has been the mother I didn't always have growing up...in so many ways. Never have I felt more at home or more relaxed then when I'm at Anita's house. She is the most thoughtful, caring, kind, gentle, warmhearted, sweetest person I know. She is an amazing mother to her 3 children and she should be so proud of herself for raising such wonderful kids. She has taught me more then she even knows about life, relationships and the value of family. I know life hasn't always been the easiest on Anita and the fact that she is so strong and kind at 50 years old gives me faith in true happiness in life. I am so proud of her and so lucky to have her in my life. She truly is a one of a kind person that I look up to in SO many ways. Thank you Anita...for everything. You have changed my life for the better in more ways than you know. Thank you for welcoming me into your family with open arms and for making me feel so loved even to this day. I love you with all of my heart and I always will. Happy 50th birthday...if I can be as wonderful as you at 50 I'll consider myself lucky. Here's to the next 50 years...and all of the memories to come. XXXOOO Love you always, Mallory | 1. Caring 2. Thoughtful 3. Warmhearted 4. Understanding 5. Silly
68: 1. I have know Anita since 1973 (Freshman year in high school). Kevin has know her for 29 years (since we got married). 2. My favorite thing about Anita is her laugh. 3. The funniest thing we ever saw Anita do was when we took her to the Haunted Houses. There is nothing funnier than scaring her. I actually started trying to scare her as far back as high school. I drove by a cemetery, told her scary stories and I even dressed up on halloween and went to her house. Although my costume didn't scare her, I did scare her dog (Buffy - I think was her name) and the little dog ran up the stairs, jumped on her bed and pooped!!! I don't think I scared the poop out of Anita, but I certainly tried many times. Continuing on that note.....Anita has always had a way with animals. Our dog Tanner always loved her and would get quite excited when she visited.....he even jumped on the couch and went pee......we never had that happen before...we were told it was Anita's long blonde hair that made our Male Golden Retriever act that way. In fact, Tanner wasn't the only dog that acted that way, we had a neighbor dog run up and jump in the front seat of her car and do the same thing. Yes, Anita certainly has a way with the Animals.
69: One of my most memorable moments with Anita was probably about 10 plus years ago (may be more) We were sitting on her porch and discussing life, getting older, and watching you kids on the trampoline. We talked about how fast time goes and how By God we were going to fight getting old and we were going to stay in shape; however, a role of the dice and jiggling arms brought us to tears laughing. Were we getting lunch lady arms??? Anita will know what this means. Five words to describe Anita........since she is a teacher, I will use 5 words from a song that perhaps she has had her class sing at some point in time... HEAD, SHOULDERS, KNEES AND TOES..........The reason is because Anita is always put together from HEAD TO TOE. As long as I have know her everything matches and is well coordinated. We have shared so many memorable moments and laughter, that is really is hard to put them down on paper. | Love Stacey and Kevin
70: I met Anita at Rockton Grade School, when I was a new third grade teacher and she was a classroom aid. I remember her long blond hair, and her quick smile hello. I wondered if she was stuck up (pretty people sometimes are) but soon learned that she was one of the kindest, most giving and caring people I have ever met. When she took a job teaching third grade, too, we became fast and close friends. We have seen each other through everything! I will never forget how much Anita has done for me - from listening to all of my sagas about the men (boys!) I was dating, to rejoicing with me on my wedding day, and taking a whole day off of school to come and hold my newborn son, Alexander, when I was in the hospital. Anita has always been there for me, and for that I am eternally grateful. She is my friend, my sister, and my support! I love you, 'Nita! XOXO Sara
71: The language of friendship is not words but meanings. | Margo wont write anything because she is afraid if she writes something about Anita, in retaliation, an even dumber story about herself will end up at the party. And knowing the relationshep between the two of them, this is a very legitamate concern. HAHA!
72: I got the invitation forwarded to me and am looking forward to coming and surprising Anita! I can't wait to see her face! I have a couple funny stories about Anita, and the neat thing is that even though we have heard these stories numerous times, (usually at lunch) we still laugh like crazy like it's the first time we've heard them! Lynn usually plays the "straight guy" and just sits there and laughs and shakes and gets tears in her eyes from laughing so hard. Occasionally she will throw a line out and Anita will continue the story as we chuckle away. One thing I can say about Anita is that it must be pretty dark in her home in the morning, because she can't dress herself very well. One time, she came to school complaining that her underwear felt funny, and it turns out she had them on wrong, and that the crotch of the panties was on her hip! The next day, she got a couple of packages in her mailbox, and yup... you guessed it, inside were some new panties, labeled appropriately with the crotch where it should be! Just last month, she came to school wearing two different shoes! Anita could tell funny stories about past students better than I can... I remember one student she had that always wore his sweat pants with the pockets in the back. He was a low student, and it all came to light when Anita talked with his mom one time and noticed that her sweat pants were on backwards also! All kidding aside, Anita is a wonderful teacher and she loves her students very much, looks for the good in them, and understands their quirks. I know she is so proud of her own kids, because she shares things about them with us and she just glows when talking about them. I feel very lucky to be a friend of Anita's. -- Judy Davis
73: I've have known Anita for 10 years. We met when I started teaching at Whitman Post. My favorite thing about Anita is she always makes me laugh. Anita really, really enjoys life and makes the best of every situation. She sees the good in people. Even though the rest of us might be negative about someone or something, she always finds something good to say. The funniest thing ever saw Anita do was when she wore two different styles and two different color shoes to work one day. I’ve heard of people who put on two different shoes that are a lot alike, but these had nothing in common! Even the heel height was different! The happiest I ever see Anita is whenever she talks about her kids. Sure, she worries about them constantly, but she loves them totally & unconditionally. She is a great mom! The dumbest thing I ever saw Anita do was… I’m not sure, BUT whenever she does something dumb, she comes laughing to me to say that I must be rubbing off on her. Now why is that!? Anita made me sad when she left me. Some friend! I still want her to come back to 4th grade. My most memorable moments with Anita are when she shares stories about something that has happened to her. She is so funny when telling me that I can hear the same story over and over! One of my favorite stories was about a boy named Wesley. He was a really big, lovable hugger when he was a 4th grader. He would ambush Anita with a hug when she wasn’t expecting it and bury his face right in her boobs. Don’t know how he could even breath! List five words that describe Anita ..... compassionate, funny, loving, a little crazy, and such a good friend. I love you, Anita! Deb England
74: I will never forget the first time I met Anita. I walked into Molly’s graduation party, trying to make sure I impressed everyone, when I saw a lady struggling not to drop the dish of pasta salad. I quickly tried to help but I was laughing so hard I don’t think I could have. She introduced herself as Molly’s mom but I didn’t think she liked me because I thought she saw me laughing at/WITH her. Since then, getting to meet Anita, it has made more sense that of course she would not be mad at me for laughing at that. I know darn well if that was me who did that now, I would get a lot of abuse for it. haha Anita is a very giving person for those who know her. I can recall when we all went shopping (of course I was forced) and I was BROKE as ever, and Anita insisted she buy me something. I tried telling her a million times I didn’t want anything, but as soon as I left that store Anita just could resist. We got home, and, surprise , she bought me a very nice sweatshirt!!! Don’t let me forget the T.V., socks, boxers, candy, mittens, hats, and of course the CROCK POT! Thanks Anita. The happiest I have ever seen Anita was when her family was all home for Christmas and everyone was playing catch phrase. Anita drives me crazy when... well when she ALWAYS beats me in Scrabble! just kidding For only knowing Anita for close to a year, she has become a great mentor to me. I have been able to become more of a friend with Anita that I could have ever imagined and I am very grateful for that. So Anita, I want to say thank you for everything, your a wonderful person, and I hope you have a Happy 50th birthday!!! | -Tyler
75: 1. I've have known Anita for 9 years. We met when Molly and I became friends in 5th grade. 2. My favorite thing about Anita is how she always makes me feel welcome, and she's such a sweetheart. Also that she is always stocked with Snapple in her fridge. 3. The funniest thing I ever saw Anita do was when she talks to Parker in the cute voice. I love that she treats Parker like her child and has a camouflage sweater as his everyday outfit. 4. The happiest I ever saw Anita was when she is around all her family, she always has a smile on her face. She's so happy when she's playing games, or around Margo, she is constantly laughing. 5. The dumbest thing I ever saw Anita do was ...she has still to make a dumb mistake in front of me. 6. Anita drives me crazy when she... once again she is yet to drive me crazy. 7. My most memorable moment with Anita was Christmas when everyone was together and enjoying the celebration. List five words that describe Anita kind, generous, caring, humorous, thoughtful. Anita has raised three wonderful children with such love and care, always being there when needed. She cares greatly about every individual with her loving personality. The most giving human being, especially when it comes to Christmas. I really enjoyed spending Christmas with you this year. My stocking was perfect, along with all my other gifts and everything else you have given me. Thanks Anita, Happy Birthday! | -Emily
77: We both have known Anita for a little over six years; ever since she and Dad began to date. Back then we were just in High School. We think Anita is a great person and she has been nothing but nice to both of us since we first met. She is caring, warm hearted and very friendly. She is a very hard worker, keeps the house extremely clean and is a very good cook. My dad is very lucky to be married to Anita, she makes him very happy. We can tell because whenever they are apart, he calls her about 5 times per hour just to see what’s going on. We love Anita’s sense of humor. Whenever we are together, we all have a lot of fun giving each other a hard time and laughing about things. Anita laughs at my dad and calls him a "worry wart"... actually we usually gang up on him together and crack jokes about the silly things he does... for instance every time a question pops up he says something like "lets look it up online" ... Oh yes and then there is the famous ongoing GI Joe joke that Anita brings up... it never fails to make us laugh. The bottom line is that we think Anita has been a wonderful addition to our lives, and we both wish her the very best as she celebrates her 50th. Happy Birthday Anita !! Love Kayleigh & Graham
78: Anita, We all want to wish you a Happy Birthday, and hope that you were completely surprised as Curt and your kids hoped. You should also be proud that they put so much effort into finding a way to show how much they love you and also give you a look down Memory Lane. In an effort to keep this book a little shorter then “War and Peace”, us on the Rosing side decided to join efforts putting together a page or two. Since we have been a part of your life for only a short time, we do not have as many stories as those who have known you longer. However, we couldn’t be happier to have you in our family as a Daughter In-law, Sister In-law, or Auntie….Heck, we even like you better then Curt. Have a great party, and know we are there in spirit. Love, Doris, Gary, Doreen & Mike, Jason, Justin, Amanda, Andrew, Kyle, and Aaron Yearly Inflation Rate USA 1.01% Yearly Inflation Rate UK 0.9% Average Cost of new house $12,400.00 Average Yearly Wages $5,010.00 Cost of a gallon of Gas 25 cents Average Cost of a new car $2,200.00 Movie Ticket $1.00 Loaf of Bread 20 cents Kodak Movie camera $67.50 Ladies Stockings $1.00 1959 the unemployment problems eased to 5.5%. Television programs included "Rawhide", "Bonanza" and "The Twilight Zone", movies included "Some Like it Hot", "Ben Hur" and "North by Northwest". Alaska is admitted to the union and becomes the 49th state and Hawaii is admitted to the Union and became the 50th State. The Boeing 707 Jet Airliner comes into service and little girls love the Barbie Dolls made by Mattel. Fidel Castro comes to power in Cuba. | What Things Were Like In 1959
80: The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.
82: You should probably put on the Petticoat Junction music while reading this... Well here is raising a glass to the lovely MacMartin sisters, and of course, to my personal sweet spot, Anita. I can remember Laurie (playin'that OZONE) talking (and laughing as usual) about 'nita, and that I'd like her. And of course, I did. Quite a lot. Anita had that girl-next-door, solid Midwestern quality that was hard to pass by. I fell for Anita pretty hard, and then spent the next year pleading, begging, cajoling, bargaining, looking pitiful, and any other thing I thought might help. (Didn't really help). And Laurie and I would do Theory homework and she'd just say, "I don't know Mike..." I recall coming out to see all the gals and old Jill offering to cut my shaggy hair -- she giggled a lot while cutting it, and if I had been a little more savvy I might have realized that it was more of a hair eradication session than any kind of a fashion exercise. But she was cute to look at while she was cutting and giggling. Laurie was my good friend, and we saw each other through some hard times. And we sure played some nice music together. Some of it with our good friend Phil. Except I still don't understand what her "concept" was about the OZONE. And then we had that camping outing, which as I recall, was like a tenth of a mile from home and involved more eating than anything else. And Lynn and Kurt, and then, Kurt and Lynn. And Bass shoes. And then the day we left school for the year, and my little brother coming out to help me pack.
83: So we drive to Anita's dorm and we're all sitting in car (see you, in September, see you, when the summer's through) and I'm getting all choked up. And I've got my hand on Anita's knee (at least so I thought) and looking off in the distance like Clint Eastwood... and I look at Anita and she has no recognition of the pathos of the moment on her face... but I look at my little brother sitting between us, looking at me curiously... and I realize my hand is on HIS knee, not Anita's. ... Just a left footed romance , I guess. Your Mom and your Dad were favorites of mine, too. Always made me comfortable at your house. Turning 50 is not big deal, so don't get too stressed trying to figure out how to do it. Like fallin' off a log. Hope I make it to the shindig, but if not, would like to see you guys soon. Best, Mike Topel.
84: We have known Anita since Molly and Owen were in Kindergarten (14 yrs.). We met when Ken & Owen each had their 6th birthday party. Their birthdays are only 2 weeks apart. Our favorite thing about Anita is she is extremely sympathetic and is a wonderful listener. She has a lot of qualities that remind me of myself (Lisa). One of the most memorable moments w/ Anita was when she and I decided that we needed to give to the community and open up an orphange in the area. We felt that there were children in the area that needed to be loved and cared for and we were the ones who could do it. The idea sounded so simple to us @ the time. | - "The Rudy's" | Five words that describe Anita: * Organized * Serious * Giving * Extremely Caring * Loves her children
85: 1.I've have known Anita for... 11 years. We met at school when I first moved to town. I was sitting in the bleachers, not knowing a soul, and she came over to introduce herself to me. She said she had a couple kids Jimmy’s age and they lived close by our house. She invited Jimmy to come over anytime. From that point on, she became my friend. 2. My favorite thing about Anita is ...her calming, caring nature 3. The funniest thing ever saw Anita do was when she...laugh, laugh, and laugh some more 4. The happiest I ever saw Anita was when she...talks about her kids! 5. The dumbest thing I ever saw Anita do was...I can’t say I witnessed too many blonde moments! 6. Anita drives me crazy when she ... worries so much…just like me! 7. My most memorable moment with Anita was when, without hesitation, she opened up her home to us after our house fire. She was there for all of us with beds, clothes, food and lots of hugs and encouragement. She was my strength when I had none left. She certainly made that first week tolerable. List five words that describe Anita .....Caring, strong, family, loving, my friend Anita – In thinking about the years gone by, I realize what an important part of my life you, and your kids, have been. You helped me with a smooth transition after moving here…my go-to person every time Jimmy would be asked over to someone’s house I didn’t know (which was everyone for a while). Jimmy and Bell spent a lot of time with Molly and Owen and it was with your guidance Jimmy hooked up with some pretty good kids. The boys have stayed close and I couldn’t be happier. What great kids! Thanks for memories…you have been, and I’m sure will continue to be, a great friend. Happy Birthday Anita! | Love Mary Jo
86: I have known Anita since I was in third grade. (and yes Emily, I know how you feel. She took TWENTY DOLLARS away from us because we were bad with the sub. ((I even wrote that in my diary I was so worked up about it; in all caps like that too)). My favorite thing about Anita is how generous and thoughtful she is. I also love the amazing food she makes like those sandwiches from the crock pot! Mmmm. She always has good snacks in the pantry and a great selection of pop. I am going to have to add what everyone else is saying and note that I love Anita’s laugh as well. Once she gets going, other people have start joining in! The funniest thing I have ever seen Anita do was either talk to her pets in that silly little voice that Molly does now too, or get so flustered playing catchphrase and then how she just laughs it off. She is also very funny at scattegories.. I wish I could think of some of the words she’s thrown out there. The happiest I have ever seen Anita is probably when I am around… haha. Actually I would have to say when all of her friends and family are together for a birthday celebration, or a Christmas get together of some sort. The dumbest thing I have ever seen Anita do was… Hm… I know there has to be something?? Anita drives me crazy when she puts EVERYONE before her. She is always thinking about other people and very little about herself. Such a sweetheart ;) My most memorable moment with Anita would have to be our Florida vacation. She was so generous and was all about pleasing the kids (even though I know we had to have gotten on her nerves more than a few times ;) By the way, can we go back to Florida again soon, Anita? PLeeeasseee ??! :] :] | 5 words: *Generous *Funny *Bighearted *Understanding *Accepting | - Monica
87: 1. I've known Anita for fourteen years. We met when Jon and Brett, and Molly and I played at the Boy's Club. 2. My favorite thing about Anita is her caring personality. She is my second mother. 3. The funniest thing I ever saw Anita do was when she would talk to Sophie in that goofy voice. And she called me a retard on a daily basis. 4. The happiest I ever saw Anita was whenever she saw my beautiful face. Not really. The happiest I ever see her is when she is with her children and family. 5. The dumbest thing I ever saw Anita do was...Anita is the smartest lady I've ever met :) (Remember this when everyone else tries to embarrass you on this number). 6. Anita drove me crazy when she took money out of my green checkbook in third grade for talking in class. So embarrassing at the time. 7. My most memorable moment with Anita was when she saved my life with the heimlich maneuver when I choked on my bagel. Anita- You have seen me grow up with Molly for years, and now with Owen at Illinois State. I am very glad our families have such a strong bond. Happy Birthday! Emily
88: “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”
90: . . . butshe is beautiful because you love her. | You don't love a woman because she is beautiful . . .
92: Everything that I am and ever hope to be, I owe to my mother.
93: Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend.
94: I like her because she smiles at me and means it.
96: "A couple of hundred years ago, Benjamin Franklin shared with the world the secret of his success. Never leave that till tomorrow, he said, which you can do today. This is the man who discovered electricity. You think more people would listen to what he had to say. I don't know why we put things off, but if I had to guess, I'd have to say it has a lot to do with fear. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, sometimes the fear is just of making a decision, because what if you're wrong? What if you're making a mistake you can't undo? The early bird catches the worm. A stitch in time saves nine. He who hesitates is lost. We can't pretend we hadn't been told. We've all heard the proverbs, heard the philosophers, heard our grandparents warning us about wasted time, heard the damn poets urging us to seize the day. Still sometimes we have to see for ourselves. We have to make our own mistakes. We have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today's possibility under tomorrow's rug until we can't anymore. Until we finally understand for ourselves what Benjamin Franklin really meant. That knowing is better than wondering, that waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure, even the worst, beat the hell out of never trying."
97: "Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese." | On your birthday: count your candles, count your years, count your blessings. | We grow neither better or worse as we get old, but more like ourselves. | "Age is a matter of feeling, not of years." | Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be.... -- | Youth has no age. -- Pablo Picasso | "To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age." | "I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel"
98: And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
99: Happy 50th! We ALL love you.