Summer of 1955
If you’ve been reading The Art of Doing Stuff for a while, you’re familiar with Betty. My mom.
Well … Betty’s special day is today. No, she didn’t “become a woman”. She became 75.
75 years ago in a small valley town in Ontario, Canada, Betty was born. And here is a quick rundown of how things have gone since then.
Age 0 – 14
Pretty uneventful. Sock hops, rolling up the rug, discovering really red lipstick … that sort of thing.
Betty becomes a bit high spirited and her parents send her to the local nunnery to get straightened out.
Age 15 and a few days
Betty declares she loves the nunnery and proclaims she’s going to become one.
Age 15 and a few days and a few hours
Betty’s parents squeal into the nunnery parking lot and drag Betty back home.
Betty decides to start her own dress shop. She runs it out of her bedroom. She is an entrepreneur. As a dressaholic, she makes the poor decision to buy all the sample dresses in her own size.
Age 17 ¼
Betty’s Dress Shop goes out of business.
Betty meets a boy. They fall in love, get married, have 3 daughters.
The rest of the stories having to do with Betty involve broken bones, swearing, the odd shotgun incident and a recent Red Bull obsession. She thinks it’s medication. As in, she been overheard saying “Oh! Shoot! I forgot to take my Red Bull“.
Betty, as you may have guessed, is still high spirited. We’re considering sending her to a nunnery.