January 30

Written by Bill Grandi on January 30th, 2024

I’m celebrating today. My bride of 50.7 years has a birthday today. They say it is not wise to ask or tell a woman’s age so I won’t. I’ll just it is somewhere between 72 and 74. You do the math. ๐Ÿ™‚

Just to show you what kind of woman she is: I was going to surprise her with a trip to Ohio to see our daughter and grandson. Things didn’t turn out so well. He is with his dad this week so after baseball practice (over at 8 p.m.) he will head off to his dad’s. Janna’s significant other has to work so that would leave the three of us (which would have been okay). Braden has baseball practice until 8 Wednesday morning then has to be back at school by 10 for class. That would make for a very short “wham-thank-you-ma’m” breakfast. Then Jo saw it was supposed to snow in Ohio (90%) and that scared her off. So I cancelled the hotel reservation. To top it off, I started losing my voice by the time the second service was done and I ended up with the creeping crud. Coughing. Sneezing. Aching. Lots and lots of sleep. (I haven’t been like this in years so it is a strange experience). So…not much of a birthday.

But she took it all in stride, much like she has during our 50+ years of marriage. While there have been moments of frustration (as in all marriages), I could not have asked for a better helpmate. I read the following this morning:

Adam was created first, then Eve was made to fill a void in his existence. Adam was the head; Eve was his helper. Adam was designed to be a father, provider, protector, and leader. Eve was designed to be a mother, comforter, nurturer, and helperย  (40 Lives in 40 Days- MacArthur- p.62)

Jo has always been there. The above words fit her to a “T.” They are not misogynistic or any other “istic” or “phobic” you can come up with. I can give her no greater compliment that to say she was just like Eve: a filler of empty space; a helper who stuck with me through thick and thin; a mother who gave her all to our two daughters, but also allowed them to fly (and she is still there if they need her). Well done, my dear, well done.

Now…if I can only get her to read what I wrote about her I might win some brownie points. ๐Ÿ™‚


12 Comments so far ↓

  1. Happy birthday, Jo! Celebrate all year long! Get well, Bill!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Thanks Pam. I’ll tell her you said that. Hey, maybe that is a way to get her to read my blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Happy Birthday, Jo!!!
    And I hope you get to feeling better, Bill. It just wasn’t the time for you to travel.
    Danny is being released today and we will travel home on Wednesday. Danny is doing great, and I’m so deeply thankful to God!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Thanks Martha! Iโ€™m so glad to hear Danny is doing well. If it was my birthday that would be a great present to hear.

  3. Ryan S. says:

    I am sure you have another trip planned already. Sorry it didn’t work out to visit on Jo’s birthday. Great words for a Great Woman in my opinion. Hope she (and you) are still able to enjoy the day and get over any crud you may have picked up.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Thanks Ryan. Iโ€™ll tell her to read your comment because she just told me we arenโ€™t going anywhere for lunch cuz Iโ€™m sick. My protests do not seem to be getting me anywhere.

  4. Glynn says:

    Happy birthday to Jo!

  5. gail says:

    Happy birthday Jo! My late mom always believed in having a birthday week, so Jo may want to adopt that plan.:-)
    I hope you get feeling better Bill.

  6. Ed says:

    Why not just go out and buy some brownies at the supermarket? ๐Ÿ˜€
    I kid. I kid.
    Happy Birthday Jo!