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79 Years Ago Today, The World Got A Whole Lot Better …
November 3, 2011, 6:10 am
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Today is a great day, because today is my Mum’s birthday.

Amazingly – for her and for me – she will be 79.


How the hell did that happen?

The thing with any age ending in a ‘9’ is that no one really celebrates it.

What I mean is that despite it being your special 9th, 19th, 29th, 39th, 49th, 59, 69th, 79th etc birthday, everyone focuses on the following year, the one that ‘clicks’ over to a new decade, the one that is supposed to signify something, even though in most cases, it does nothing of the sort.

That’s a bit rubbish if you ask me … even though I’m not just doing the same, I’m planning what to do for her on her 80th.

We’re all getting a bit ahead of ourselves aren’t we.

Today is my Mum’s birthday. She is 79. And she is bloody awesome.

I’ve written so much about her on this blog over the years.

Her kindness, generosity, inspiration, cleverness, strength of character, unconditional love and overall spirit … she is one of the genuinely good people on this earth and I am amazingly lucky to have her as my Mum.

I love how she maintains her sense of adventure and openness.

I love how she speaks up for what she believes in.

I love how she is accepting of all.

I love how she has the desire to keep on learning.

I love how she doesn’t blame and doesn’t complain.

I love how she wants to be part of this society, not live her life by ‘how it used to be’.

It’s kind of amazing that despite being her son, I have so few of these fantastic traits in my own character – at least in terms of how she embraces and lives with them.

When I’m her age, I’ll be the grumpiest, grumpy bastard alive.

I’ll be muttering under my breath. Complaining about everything. Watching daytime TV and saying how it used to be so much better when Jerry Springer fronted Jerry Springer.

I’m going to be a nightmare.

But not my Mum.

She gently goes on with her life, not wanting to burden anyone with anything … fighting for her independence and her ability to contribute to this society and her life.

And she does.

In more ways that she could ever know.

Whereas so many people dance through life with hardly a care in the World and yet act as if everything is conspiring against them, my Mum has had it tough.

I don’t mean because I’m her son – though that can’t have helped – but because of a whole heap of situations and scenarios … situations and scenarios that started almost from the day she was born.

And yet despite this she is full of love and support … kindness and consideration … it’s amazing and inspiring.

I wish she would let me take more care of her.

I wish she would stop trying to do everything on her own.

I wish she started thinking of herself rather than others.

But she doesn’t … and at 79 I have to accept it’s unlikely she will change, so my job is to let her know I love her and try and be a good son, husband and person as a demonstration of what she and Dad taught me.

I don’t know if I am pulling that off, but if I’m not, it’s not because of her because her approach to life all but guarantees you’ll be a wonderful person.

Anyway, even though I did this for her last year, I want to leave her with something that sums up how I feel about her, because at the end of the day, I can’t put into words just how much I love her, adore her and am grateful for her.

Happy birthday my wonderful dear Mum. I love you.


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At last you write something worthy of comment. Happy birthday Mrs C.

Comment by John

you are special mrs c, youve got doddsy out from the bermuda triangle. more amazingly, youve got me to comment without swearing which needs me to write my stuff then go back and take all the rude shit out. for you.

Comment by andy@cynic

the word “shit” doesnt count.

Comment by andy@cynic

I’m impressed at your restraint. I can overlook the odd slip up, I know how hard this must have been for you.

Comment by Rob

That’s it?

Comment by northern

This is what happens when you’ve been being a good day for a few days.

Comment by Rob

Just to clarify, ‘that’s it’ referrs to Dodd’s surfacing and saying fuck all of note.
Hope Mrs C had a great day

Comment by northern

hes the fucking scarlet pimpernel. whatever the fuck that actually means.

Comment by andy@cynic

Happy birthday Mrs C.
Great post for a great lady.
Hope Rob spoils you and doesn’t try and claim this post is your present. The thought most definitely doesn’t count.

Comment by DH

get him to treat you like a queen. better yet, get him to treat you like 3 queens, hes good for the cash.

Comment by andy@cynic

Happy birthday Mrs Campbell. Listen to your son, he talks sense, at least where you are concerned.

Comment by Pete

finally a bit of a bitch comment from nice pete. thats more of a present for us than mrs c but its impressive. hes right mrs c, let your idiot son spoil you. hes an idiot but not in making cash.

for himself.

from his colleagues.

let him spend it on you. it would only go on gadgets and queen t shirts otherwise.

Comment by andy@cynic

looking hot in that photo mrs c. how about i ditch the pregnant parasite and we head out for dinner?

Comment by andy@cynic

i can say this because i pay enough fucking alimony already, whats 2 more mouths to keep in a level of comfort they owe all to me.

Comment by andy@cynic

alright mrs c, i wont ditch the wife with child. but say the word and im there. except vancouver or nottingham.

Comment by andy@cynic

question for northern groper. will a kid cost me more than 2 blood sucking ex wives and a money pit in canada?

Comment by andy@cynic

if yes, how the fuck do you do it? oh youre a northerner where everything is cheap. explains it all.

Comment by andy@cynic

Happy birthday Mrs Campbell. I know it’s your birthday but can you tell me what your skin care regime is, you look wonderful.

Comment by Mary Bryant

Some might put it down to the vat loads of over-priced goo that her son produces, but I doubt that’s it.

Comment by John

that sounds fucking pornographic doddsy. a fine return to form. welcome back. about fucking time.

Comment by andy@cynic

Thanks for completely destroying all the good nature of this post Andy. I know … I know … John started it.

Oh, and welcome John – it’s strangely wonderful to have you back.

Comment by Rob


Comment by BIlly Whizz

Happy Birthday to your mum! 🙂

Comment by Aditya

Happy birthday Mrs Campbell!

Comment by Rafik

Many happy returns Mrs Campbell.

Comment by George

79? Impossible. Best wishes Mrs Campbell.

Comment by Lee Hill

It’s nice to know that despite you all saying I have given you a lifetime of pain and annoyance, you still wish the person who is 50% responsible for me being here, a lovely day.

Underneath it all, you’re all very sweet and I know my Mum will really appreciate it. Possibly in a weird and twisted way.

Comment by Rob

Many happy returns, Mrs Campbell.

Comment by CJHurst

To my dear Robert, thank you for all your lovely words and for being such a good and generous son. I feel I am the luckiest person in the world. It is hard to be so far away from each other, but you keep in touch so much that it seems you are ‘just round the corner’. Thank goodness for Skype!
Much love to you and Jill.
Mum xxx

Comment by Fiorella

Thank you very very much to all of you for your good wishes.
I do appreciate your kind thoughts.
Andy, I take this opportunity to send my congratulations for your future happy event.
Mary, as you can see from the lines on my face, I do not have any skin care regime to pass on, but I thank you very much for the compliment.
Thanks again to everybody.

Comment by Fiorella

You are the best Mum – can’t wait to see you and I hope you have a lovely, lovely day. Wish I was there.


Comment by Rob

happy event? its an impending financial tsunami and thats just the bastard kiddie stuff. how can something that acts like a drunk dwarf cost more than a royal wedding and then theres no guarantee the little bastard wont turn into a planner.

but thanks mrs c. hope youre knocking back a big gin and of youre not ill do it for you.

Comment by andy@cynic

and how come your flesh and bones hasnt inherited any of your kindness and caring? bloody genetics.

Comment by andy@cynic

I’m late. Sorry. A very, very, happy birthday Mrs. Campbell. Much love from Munich. Marcus.

Comment by Marcus

Happy birthday Mrs Campbell, best wishes from Lithuania :]

Comment by toto

Belated best wishes Mrs Campbell… and in addition also my compliments on your ensemble..class indeed

Comment by niko

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