THE BIRTHDAY GIRL – GARRY ARMSTRONG

I write a lot of pieces about celebrities I’ve met in my professional life. They are fun to remember and share. Sometimes it feels like name dropping or playing a broken record if the story is written too frequently. Friends and acquaintances assure me there’s an audience for these stories and I should continue to share the memories.

Today’s piece is about the most important person in my life.  We’ve been friends for more than half a century.  We’ve been married for 28 years.  We share some of the most bizarre stories you’re likely to hear.

By the Mumford – Photo: Garry Armstrong

You know her well.  My Wife, Marilyn.  She is, among other things, the SERENDIPITY lady. Today is Marilyn’s birthday. I hope many of Marilyn’s SERENDIPITY friends, mates and fellow bloggers are celebrating her day.  She has opened windows on the world for countless people around the world with her pieces.

Marilyn writes voraciously, about all things great and small. Marilyn is passionate about our world and those who live on our planet. I sometimes fear that Marilyn’s passion for making things right will make her head explode.  She’s always been that way since we first met as college kids and were bent on changing the world.  That world, the 60’s and all its turbulence, needed change. Decades later, I’m not sure if we’ve left any imprints on our journey through life. The one constant in our lives is Marilyn’s determination to “out” the idiots, pretenders and felons of all persuasion who strive to pollute our quality of life.

It’s a tall order. Perhaps a mission impossible. But Marilyn is driven to make our collective lives better.  Her sword is the pen, her computer keyboard. I watch her work relentlessly, every day, morning through night, her face focused on subject matter of yet another blog.  Marilyn never seems to tire even when her body is sending obvious signals to slow down.  I’ve learned to keep my mouth shut. Marilyn doesn’t suffer fools. Yes, she’s been my rock for all these years.  Go figure.

Photo: Garry Armstrong

Marilyn always makes sure that the birthdays of family and friends are remembered, celebrated in some way. Not the easy “Hallmark” way that takes little effort or imagination.  Marilyn is always thoughtful.  It’s a quality that I’ve found very unique in my professional and personal life.

Our celebration of Marilyn’s birthday pales in comparison with how mine is recognized.  Hopefully, we’ll go out for dinner and Marilyn won’t have to cook yet another dinner.  Her birthday card hasn’t arrived.  Thanks very much, U.S. Postal Service.  No, I haven’t forgotten! I know Marilyn is disappointed.  We DID have a visit from her son Owen and his friend, Dave, who have been the bright lights on Marilyn’s day. They brought a basket of Shrimp, realizing we don’t eat cake or sweets in our golden years.  I think their visit lifted Marilyn’s spirits. I’m grateful.

I’m beyond grateful to have Marilyn in my life. I leave a lot to be desired as the spouse who is admired by the public which only knows his media image. Marilyn has worked hard to make our marriage succeed when I’ve been engulfed in my own selfish pursuits.

I think we were lucky to find each other again after having gone down different roads for many years.

I can easily say the 28 years of marriage have been the best years of my life.

Happy Birthday, Mi Amor.



Categories: Garry Armstrong, humor, Personal, Photography, Relationships

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72 replies

  1. What a lovely sentiment. If you’ve managed 28 years together, you must be doing something right!

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  2. What a lovely post Garry and I hope you are enjoying Lord of the Rings. I had some friends over the other day who had just been to visit the Hobbiton village in New Zealand.

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  3. SMOOTH Sir… Very Smooth! (But i’d expect nothing less from your good self) 🙂

    Wonderful tribute and gift.

    (Third times the charm!) Happy Birthday Spike! 🙂

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  4. (if people wouldn’t remind … i’d sorta let mine slip by)

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARILYN !!!

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  5. At some point in the evening, Garry and I closed our computers. Part of my birthday deal was that Garry would watch the entire extended version of “Lord of the Rings” with me. Since that’s something like 13 hours of movie, not counting the extra discs … around seven tonight, we started watching.

    We saw the movies when they first came out — on each one’s opening day. I think they are the only movies we ever went to see on opening day unless Garry was covering them for a news event. So for all those to whom we didn’t respond today, I apologize. I REALLY wanted to start watching the movie. It’s going to take the rest of the week to finish watching the entire sequence.

    Love to you all and thank you so much for making this a truly wonderful day!

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    • It’s no “chore” watching “Lord Of The Rings”. It’s an epic adventure and I’m enjoying it more the second time around. We are watching at a leisurely pace although I felt “fatigued after watching two discs yesterday…like I was participating in the ring quest.

      It was a long day. We got up “early” so Marilyn could accompany me to the RMV to renew my driver’s license. She held my hand and made sure my head didn’t explode. I even think my new license pic is “decent”. At least I don’t look like a perv or serial killer.

      Thanks, Marilyn!

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  6. awwww, this is such a sweet tribute! Happy birthday Marilyn!!

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  7. A most excellent tribute! Happy birthday, Marilyn!

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  8. Aww. Marilyn obviously found a good man. I wish her a very happy birthday.

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  9. Why was she born so beautiful….. Hip, hip, hooray. Thank goodness for Marilyn, otherwise I might have thought you were all completely mad in America. 🙂

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