Happy Birthday Mammaw… and Betty White
Today is Betty White’s 90th birthday – so here’s a big ole’ shoutout to one of the funniest ladies ever. I heart Betty White. I mean I really-really BIG ole’ heart Betty White. Why? For a whole truckload of reasons, really… the main one being that she’s always reminded me so much of my own Mammaw.
Betty and my Mammaw share the same birthday. Betty was born on January 17, 1922; Mammaw on January 17, 1917 – both children of the great depression under very different circumstances. Betty had originally aspired to become a writer, until she wrote and played the lead in a graduation play at school where she discovered her interest in acting. She has always had the unique ability to sustain grace, class and elegance while showcasing her superior wit, charm, and sense of humor.
Marjorie McCorkle Jones not only possessed that graceful and elegant forte, raised to appreciate the finer things though her life had many struggles – she had an extraordinary sense of humor. She could light a dark room up with her smile and laughter. One day, she’d hop like a bunny across the floor for me – the next, chase my bully off across the school parking lot (if you’ve never seen a bulging pre-teen boy running from a white-haired lady hauling ass out of a yellow Ford Pinto, I highly recommend you do). My Mammaw was a good Christian lady who always knew her place and loved the Lord dearly – but like Betty, she hadn’t a single inhibition of the occasional curse word passing her lips when so warranted. She loved to laugh more than any person I’ve ever known, lest I include myself.
Through the years I’ve followed Betty’s career, I’ve found the two personalities to so closely mimic each other that I could actually imagine a scenario of Betty and Mammaw being best friends back in the day. Her and a group of her girls skipping a day of high school together as they swung from vines underneath an old one-lane bridge on Old Dowd Road – where one eventually fell, broke her arm and brought the fun to a screeching halt. True story. Minus the Betty White scenario.
For the above and many more reasons, I’ve officially added Betty to my I’d love to Spend 24 Hours With… list. To hang out with this chick for a whole day would be a much-needed blast. In my book, she’d be right up there with Ellen.
So… Happy 90th, Miss Betty White Ludden. And Happy 95th to you up there in Heaven, dear Mammaw – if the earth numbers even matter now. Big hugs and kisses, from your bunny rabbit. 🙂
Aww, I do hope she can read this. And I don’t know if you watched Betty White’s birthday special on tv, but it was great. 🙂
January 16, 2012 at 10:53 pm
So do I. And, I had it on in the background. 🙂 It was great!
January 16, 2012 at 11:00 pm
Happy birthday ladies!
January 17, 2012 at 6:51 am
Thanks so much, Victoria! So sorry I am just now seeing this comment, I apologize for being so late.
April 30, 2012 at 8:09 am
Birthday always makes us happy and exciting even if we grow older.
January 17, 2012 at 8:46 am
Yes you’re right, Cocomino! I apologize for the lateness as I am just now seeing the comment.
April 30, 2012 at 8:07 am
Great post – great ladies 🙂
January 21, 2012 at 11:43 am
Thank you, GB – I apologize for not seeing your comment until now.
April 30, 2012 at 8:07 am
What a beautiful post and tribute to both ladies. Thanks for sharing and visiting my blog.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
April 29, 2012 at 6:38 pm
Thank you so much, Francine! 🙂
April 30, 2012 at 8:06 am
I love it again!
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