Wednesday, August 12, 2009

happy birthday, clare!

click below for a poem, from my mother to her daughter, given as part of a gift during the 2008 martineau gift exchange:

happy birthday, clare!

left: we are smiling because we'd just survived the tandem hang-gliding experience, at the morningside flight park in new hampshire.

below: smiling (after being treated like family, by strangers) prior to the f.s.u. vs. boston college game (2003?)

right: smiling, prior to saying "oooOOOooo, aaaaaaaahh" at the fireworks display, wakefield, rhode island, july 4th, 2009.



  1. Happy Birthday,Clare. So glad we got to meet you. We hope you get spoiled rotten on your wonderful day! You deserve it.

  2. Yes, yes, Clareabelle!

    Thank you for the wonder-full year of communicating on this blog.

    Thank you for moving to Rhode Island, just to be there for dad & mom.

    Thank you for your quick wit, your undying energy, and your willingness to play along in all of our Martineauventures.

    Thank you for being a strong bond that keeps us together, as a family.


    Thank you for being my big sistah!
    Love, Lenny

  3. Ah Clare,

    What can I say. You're such a wonderful person and I'm so blessed to call you my friend and sistah. Although we just recently met, I feel like I've known you forever. You're a wonderful spirit.

    I hope you have a wonderful Birthday.


  4. Best wishes for a very Happy Birthday to you girl!!!
    I wish I was there to share your special day & give you a toast to many more years of a happy life! You're a very special lady who I will always cherish the pleasure of knowing.

  5. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Willy, Judy, Kelly, Abby, Jean, Cat, and of course, my Bro!!!!

    I am the one who's blessed!!! You all have enriched my life in ways you may never realize. And the beauty of it is just the beginning.

    So, a toast to all of you, and to our futures together!!!

    All my Love!
    xoxoxo, clare

  6. Ahhhhhhhh...

    There is truly nothing better than hearing someone who you Love say:

    "This is only the beginning."


    Having been trained by Josephine, I'm happy to report that I'm now qualified to "toast."

    (read & weep about it in a post entitled "just another morning" on 7-18-09, episodes 2 & 3)

    :) Happy :) Happy :) Happy Birthday!