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The Good Walk Amongst Us …
November 2, 2007, 7:30 am
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The photo above is of my Mum and Dad,

It was taken back in 1996 … outside the Chateau Restaurant Nottingham, where we were about to go and have a birthday lunch for my Mum.

It is, without doubt, one of my favourite photos.

Sure, there’s better pictures of my parents … sure, that banner behind them looks cheap … sure, the Chateau was hardly the most sophisticated of places … but that photo is special because it represents the last time we went out as a family and shared a meal.

On top of the fact we never really had the cash to go out for dinners except on special occasions – I was living in Australia by then and my Dad had suffered multiple strokes [robbing him of his ability to talk – which was especially cruel for such an articulate, intelligent, conversational man] – however on 3/11/1996, all the stars aligned because we were not only all together, but were feeling well enough to go out.

Anyway, the reason I bring this all up is because tomorrow is my Mum’s 75th birthday.

Yes … 75!

Now I know she’ll hate me for writing this, but I think this is something that should be celebrated – not because of the age she’s reached [though that is a big thing] but because of how she lives life.

You see my Mum has had it pretty tough but you’d never know that if you met her.

I know there are millions of people out there who have had – and continue to have – a hard life, however that doesn’t negate the fact my Mum has faced some unbelievable hardships and challenges yet continues to embrace life with all the hope, happiness, excitement and positivity of someone much younger and more privileged.

Whereas many ‘elderly’ people [sorry Mum, but you do qualify for that description, even if you don’t live by it] live their life as if it was 50 years ago … my Mum continues to support, embrace and participate in the new – be it technology, culture, politics, knowledge – because she wants to feel part of life, not just be an observer of it.

She lives life free from all prejudices … genuinely wants the best for everyone [going out of her way to help make it happen for them] and does everything with grace and respect … in short she is a fantastic human being and I never forget how lucky I am to have her [and Dad] as my parents.

I could go on but I know this will be embarrassing the hell out of her so I’ll just leave it by saying Happy Birthday for tomorrow, I hope you have a great day, I love you very, very much and I can’t wait to see you soon. Rxxx

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I am almost entirely positive that I’ll live to regret these words, but I hope when my children are older, they love George and me as much as you obviously love yours.

I also hope as parents we can have as much of a positive influence on their hopes, dreams, values and success as you have experienced and enjoyed so from everyone in the Bryant household, a very happy birthday to your Mum.

Comment by Mary Bryant

you rock mrs c – happy birthday!

Comment by lauren

75? id still snog your mum in a heartbeat. what a babe. happy birthday mrs c, ill have a tipple or 46 for you.
x x x

Comment by andy@cynic

Happy birthday Mrs Campbell, Sarah and I hope you have a beautiful and memorable day.

Comment by Pete

Happy birthday Mrs C. I would say more but you’re the bosses mum so I don’t want to risk pissing him off because he’ll make my life even more of a misery 🙂

Comment by Billy Whizz

75!? Then I must be at least 65. Are you sure you haven’t accidently added 35 years to that number Rob?

Happy birthday Mrs. Campbell! You’re a toptastic Mum and woman. And like Mary, I hope my children will love me and Annie when they’re older as much as Rob loves you. It was great to see you again at the wedding. Have a good one! /Fredrik

Comment by fredrik sarnblad

Despite his “shortcomings”, underneath it all Robert is a good man and that obviously originates from you and your husbands influence. Happy birthday Mrs Campbell, hope to see you soon.

Comment by George

Happy birthday, Mrs Campbell. After hearing so much about you from Robert, I’m delighted I finally got to meet and chat with you at the wedding.

Comment by Mark

I knew there was a sweet man lying under that gruff exterior and that photo is simply delightful.
Happy birthday Mrs Campbell from all of us at cynic NYC and we hope we have the pleasure of seeing you soon.
Katerina x

Comment by Katerina

Happy Birthday, Mrs. C!

Comment by pooR\

Close your eyes and make a wish. Make a wish Mrs Campbell. On special birthdays, such as this special wishes tend to come true, especially to those that really deserve them.

So have a special day, you special lady (Look – I didn’t swear once).

Happy Birthday Mrs Campbell.

Comment by Marcus

Happy Birthday Mrs C!
Hope your son bought you a nice present!!

Comment by Rob Mortimer

Happy birthday Mrs C!!!

Comment by Angus

Your son delights in embarrassing people he loves (and me) doesn’t he? But I know you appreciate he means well and you certainly deserve the love. Happy birthday.

Comment by John

Anyone of Mediterranean origins is fabbo in my book. What wiv me being of Maltese stock ‘n all that. Many happy returns Mrs C.

Comment by Charles Frith

Thank you to all of you, friends and colleagues of Robert, for your warm wishes for my birthday tomorrow. You are all very kind and I appreciate your thoughts.
Fiorella x

Comment by Fiorella Campbell

Thank you, dearest Robert, for your words that I know come from your heart, but I must agree with you when you say I will feel a little embarrassed. Yes I do! I hope your friends will take your description of me with the proverbial ‘pinch of salt’! It was a nice surprise to see the photo and Dad looking so well on it. I do remember that day very well and with great pleasure. Thank you for being such a wonderful and thoughtful son. All my love. Mum xxx

Comment by Fiorella Campbell

Did you hear that people …

“Thank you for being such a wonderful and thoughtful son”

… which means either [1] my Mum doesn’t really know me or [2] is losing her marbles at 75 years of age.

Of course it could be that underneath it all I’m a sensitive, loving son who appreciates the upbringing, encouragement, values and support he was given more and more each day – but that would make me look like a girl so it’s best I keep that to myself.

Love you Mum … Rx

Comment by Rob

Happy Birthday Mrs C. Mums are ace. You’ve donea good job with your son who tries really hard to hide what a nice caring person he is, and never pulls it off.
You must be proud.

Comment by NP

This is my boss Robert Campbell you’re talking about, NP? I’d never of guessed.
Happy birthday Mrs C, he’s alright, at least compared to one of my other bosses 🙂

Comment by Bazza

for a midget, youre a big talking little fucker arent you.

this is a post dedicated to mrs c, dont taint it with your evil 🙂

Comment by andy@cynic

Now now Andy. Of ALL the posts to swear on…

Comment by Rob Mortimer

ive been told. sorry mrs c, i didnt have a mum like you 🙂 (sorry mum for using you as an excuse)

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