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90 YEARS YOUNG Kate’s Journal


Sam In Sitka>”Sam in Sitka” watercolor by kayti sweetland rasmussen

It’s a real treat to live with someone whose memory goes back further than your own. A convergence of the Universe, including planets, constellations and one tiny dwarf planet, gathered at our home last weekend to usher Dr. Advice into his tenth decade.

An awesome hustle and bustle took place preparatory to the celebration, during which I was only allowed to sit like a bump on a pickle and watch while our daughters do what they obviously do extraordinarily well–get a party going with all the bells and whistles.

Friends and family exchanged “Sam” stories, the tiny planet dangled from the fig tree, the only granddaughter dropped off the world’s largest floral arrangement, caught her Uber and flew back to London, old friends “caught up”, new friends were interrogated and judged OK, and food and drink did the hostesses proud.

So now, after having studied the DMV rules for several weeks, the patriarch of our family was discovered good for two more years, having misread the cut-off date.

Welcome to 90 dearest friend and husband, you’ll always be 18 to me.

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20 comments on “90 YEARS YOUNG Kate’s Journal

  1. That’s wonderful you could have such a nice celebration. Happy Birthday to the birthday boy!

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  2. Having been to Sitka I can say Sam looks natural along katilan ave in Sitka. Love you.
    Steve
    Choker setter.

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  3. Love your writing, wisdom and wonderful heart.

    Sent from my iPhone

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  4. Great husbands are pretty rare. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Still, he is lucky too.

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  5. And a happy birthday from me too. Sounds like you had a great party, sounds like you have a marvellous husband!

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  6. Are you painting again? I sure hope so. The suite could be called ‘Views from Eighty-eight’
    Sorry to miss the party. I can only imagine the stories told ( if Sam allowed people to get through them without interjecting…) Happy Birthday Uncle Sam ( Wait a while)

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  7. I rarely need the word “insouciant,” but I think it describes Sam in Sitka to a “t”. Relaxed, casual, attentive: sounds very much like the man you’ve described here over the months. Give him a belated happy birthday from me, and enjoy that reprieve from the DMV!

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  8. Boy did i laugh when I thought of Sam being insouciant! But he IS comfortable in his own skin–just ask him. He is quite proud of being 90 which is a good thing as he can’t do anything about it. I’ll pass along your good wishes Linda.

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  9. Wow, ninety and still kicking along. Must be all the good food you have fed him over the years, Katy. ๐Ÿ™‚ โ€“Curt

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  10. Happy Birthday, Sam! What a milestone! Best wishes to you, Kayti xx

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  11. A marvelous portrait and a sweet story. The last line is perfect.

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