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Once again, I have Melissa from The Literal Mom as my guest.  Here’s her description:

Missy Bedell blogs at The Literal Mom.  She combines humor, self-deprecation, worry and sometimes even good advice in her goal to help all parents think a little more about how they parent.  Because if all parents think more, then we can all help make the world a better place.

 My 21st Birthday

My 21st birthday.  One of the best and worst days of my life.  I’d planned it for months.  Or I’d dropped hints about planning it for months.  I wanted a big party.  I wanted to do 21 shots, if I could.  Truth was, I liked my parties back then, so I might have been able to pull that one off.  Shudder.

It was spring at my small, liberal arts college, which meant everyone was in a festive mood practically 7 days a week.  I’ve written about that before.

And then I got the call, the afternoon before my birthday.  “Honey, it’s Mom.  Your Dad’s in the hospital and he’s going to need to have open heart surgery day after tomorrow.  I have to pick you up tomorrow afternoon so that we can get back in time for the surgery the next day.  I’m sorry this is going to ruin your birthday plans.”

They knew, of course, that my 21st was going to be a blowout.

And how sweet was it that they were worried about ruining my birthday when my Dad was going into a surgery he may not survive?

So she picked  me up on my birthday, and we went to lunch  at Chi-Chi’s before driving back.  I did enjoy a margarita and fried ice cream – do you remember their fried ice cream?  So good.

And the next day, my Dad survived the by-pass – all 6 of them.

So that’s why my 21st birthday was the best and worst day of my life.

“Missy – what the hell?  This was supposed to be funny!  What kind of birthday celebration is this?”  You’re asking.

Well, Ok.  I’ll try to make it funny.

A couple years later I’d made it to law school, and was between my first and second year.  Because of failing Contracts first semester, I attended summer school, because otherwise I wouldn’t become a second year law student.


That summer, I lived at an apartment complex with many undergrads.  One night I drove through the “bar area” of town and someone recognized my car.

“Missy, Missy!  Come inside!  We’re celebrating The Big Man’s birthday.  He’s 21 tonight.  Come and wish him a happy birthday.”

I had a tinge of a hangover from the night before, so decided to stop in just for a Happy Birthday wish.  NO DRINKING.

I knew him from the pool.  We’d never talked, but I did think he was cute.  He was too young for me though, obviously, him just turning 21.

When I walked in, he was on the dance floor, dancing alone.  I said, “I don’t think he needs me to say ‘happy birthday’ to him.”

“Oh, come on.  Say Happy Birthday to the guy.”


Tapping him on the shoulder, he turns around.  “Happy 21st birthday!” I say.

He gives me a huge hug.  “Happy Birthday to ME,” he says.

I say, “Ok, have a good night.  See you later.”

“Waitwaitwaitwaitwait.  I need to tell you something.  Can you keep a secret?  Shhhhhhh.”


“YOU are too old for me.  Did you know that?”

“Yes, I know that.”

“Ok, good.  Goodgoodgoodgoodgoodgood.  You wanna know another secret?  Shhhhhhhhhhhhh.”


“Shhhh.  Come ‘ere.”  He puts his arm around me and draws me in.  “He is SO CUTE,” I think to myself.


“You are a good heart.  I (pounds his chest) am a bad heart.  So not only are you too old for me, your heart is too good for my bad heart.  It’ll NEVER work between us.”

“Oh.  Ok.  Thanks for sharing that.  Have a really good night.”

And I left.  But I was hooked.  The seed of love was planted that night.

And the next day, when he knocked on my door, bedraggled and bloodshot, to apologize for what his roommates told him was hilariously inappropriate humor the night before, I was hooked a little more.

This May, we’ll celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary.

And this April, my Dad will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his open-heart surgery.

So the moral of the story, kids, is this:

Good things really can come out of 21st birthday shenanigans.  

Lynn, I hope your daughter has a great time and maybe even meets her future husband tonight. Thanks for having me back!


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  1. Errich
    January 19, 2012

    Happy Birthday!!I hope everything will be fine and may you have more to come!!
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  2. Mayor Gia
    January 19, 2012

    Wow that’s scary! My mom got laid off from her job on my 21st bday. Not nearly as a big a deal as your situation was, but still…not super pleasant, either.
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  3. alaina
    January 19, 2012

    Love that story…well only because it all worked out for the best! Drunk boys can be so cute, sometimes :-)

  4. By Word of Mouth Musings
    January 19, 2012

    I love that Missy … nice to see her over here again!
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  5. Julie
    January 19, 2012

    And another positive ~ you actually remember your 21st birthday. Many of us don’t.

  6. Missy | Literal Mom
    January 19, 2012

    Lynn – thanks for having me back! I always enjoy my time at your place.

    • Lynn
      January 19, 2012

      well, it’s my pleasure! and what a great story too

  7. Name *
    January 19, 2012

    Oh Chi-Chis! Fried Ice Cream! YUM. I DO remember. And I DO miss. Sopapillas. Those too. I always got the cheese echilada.

  8. John
    January 19, 2012

    I got kicked out of a bar, while celebrating my 21st birthday, because I had been drinking at that bar for the past 3 years.

    And I do remember the fried ice cream at Chi-Chi’s . . . there’s a “mom & pop” mexican place in the town that I grew up that serves it, so I try to make excuses to head back “home.”

    And I refuse to believe that you married anyone with a bad heart…

    • Missy | Literal Mom
      January 20, 2012

      That’s why I love the story so much – because he doesn’t have a bad heart. He’s just a REALLY GOOD CATHOLIC, so he THINKS he has a bad heart, if that makes sense. :)

      • John
        January 20, 2012

        Ah, yes, a good old Catholic boy . . . gotcha.

  9. Kristen
    January 19, 2012

    Oh my goodness! Sorry about you 21st bday plans being ruined but so happy everything turned out so well for your dad. And as for your husband’s 21st birthday, Missy…you definitely gave him the best present! Love this story!!!

  10. Melanie
    January 19, 2012

    I love this story! We used to celebrate the birthday month, not just the day itself. October was a LONG month for me back then.

  11. kelley
    January 19, 2012

    And I thought burying dead hamster in the backyard. (In january in Massachusetts ) on my 21st was bad. Glad your dad was okay!

  12. WOW! What a great ending. I never expected you to end up marrying him. And of course I’m glad your father was okay. And fried ice cream…….I haven’t had that in years and want some RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!

  13. angela
    January 19, 2012

    21st birthday shenanigans are a good thing. That’s what I’ll take from this post :) Seriously, I’m so glad your dad is doing so well, so many years later. And how much do I LOVE that you’ll get to tell your kids that story about their dad one day?

  14. Liz
    January 19, 2012

    Thanks for a genuine smile on a crappy day. :)

  15. Carolyn
    January 19, 2012

    Lovely. I had no idea where you were going with this, but it was great.
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  16. Helene
    January 19, 2012

    Shut the front door! That’s how you met your husband??? That’s freakin’ hysterical! I love it!

    Seriously, though, so glad your dad got through his surgery so well!!

    Wish I could remember how I celebrated my 21st birthday. It’s still a blur.

  17. Betsy at Zen Mama
    January 19, 2012

    My son just had his 21st birthday! We all went to a French restaurant where he could practice and impress with his French (his major). He ordered the wine and ate moules frites. it was great he spent most of it with his family. He did go out later that night but mostly it was a family night.

    Love your story of meeting the Big Man!!

  18. Betsy at Zen Mama
    January 19, 2012

    And glad your dad is still around to celebrate your birthdays!!

  19. Dvr Dame
    January 19, 2012

    That’s a great story! I got hooked.

  20. Emmy
    January 22, 2012

    No way! You married a younger guy and with a “bad heart”. Hehe love it. Especially nice it all had a happy ending.

  21. Name *
    January 23, 2012

    14 years – congrats. Most don’t make 14 months now! Glad your dad is good.
    Glad to have found your blog.

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