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I didn’t get this posted for Valentine’s Day because I was out of town, but it’s too fun not to share. Every year I send out Valentine’s postcards to friends and family with an illustration done by one of my children. This year, my new daughter-in-law did the honors. I was hesitant to ask at first, but she seemed excited to be included in this family tradition. After years of asking my sons to remember to marry someone who would like me, I feel very blessed that (so far) they have listened! The dog in the illustration is my six-year-old puppy Inigo.

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  1. Arahant Member

    Merrijane: After years of asking my sons to remember to marry someone who would like me…

    My mother’s injunction was to marry a smart woman.

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    • February 19, 2020, at 11:07 AM PST
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  2. OccupantCDN Coolidge

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    • February 19, 2020, at 11:18 AM PST
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  3. Merrijane Thatcher
    Merrijane

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    I love that!

    • #3
    • February 19, 2020, at 12:38 PM PST
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  4. Merrijane Thatcher
    Merrijane

    Arahant (View Comment):
    My mother’s injunction was to marry a smart woman.

    But a smart woman might not like me!

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    • February 19, 2020, at 12:39 PM PST
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  5. Front Seat Cat Member

    Love your post! Did she do the poem and the sketch too? Your idea is really sweet!

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    • February 19, 2020, at 1:05 PM PST
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  6. Arahant Member

    Merrijane (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):
    My mother’s injunction was to marry a smart woman.

    But a smart woman might not like me!

    My mother was more concerned about having intelligent grandchildren.

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    • February 19, 2020, at 1:11 PM PST
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  7. Merrijane Thatcher
    Merrijane

    Arahant (View Comment):
    My mother was more concerned about having intelligent grandchildren.

    A worthy concern. My desire revolved around the perhaps outdated belief that sons don’t visit very often after they leave home, but they go will go wherever their wives go. My daughter-in-law likes to visit me, so he comes with her.

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    • February 19, 2020, at 1:54 PM PST
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  8. Merrijane Thatcher
    Merrijane

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    Love your post! Did she do the poem and the sketch too? Your idea is really sweet!

    I did the poem, she did the sketch. Joint effort!

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    • February 19, 2020, at 1:55 PM PST
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  9. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western Chauvinist Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    My mother’s advice was to marry a nice man with potential. I did well.

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    • February 19, 2020, at 2:03 PM PST
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  10. Full Size Tabby Member

    Merrijane (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):
    My mother was more concerned about having intelligent grandchildren.

    A worthy concern. My desire revolved around the perhaps outdated belief that sons don’t visit very often after they leave home, but they go will go wherever their wives go. My daughter-in-law likes to visit me, so he comes with her.

    Our daughter-in-law encourages us to visit often (it is easier for us retired folk to travel than for them to). On our visit last weekend, daughter-in-law and Mrs. Tabby were planning a “girls weekend” while our son is deployed beginning in March, so yes daughter-in-law and we get along. We certainly see our son more since he married than we did when he was single. 

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    • February 19, 2020, at 2:31 PM PST
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  11. Merrijane Thatcher
    Merrijane

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):
    We certainly see our son more since he married than we did when he was single.

    I noticed the same thing with my son.

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    • February 19, 2020, at 2:55 PM PST
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  12. KentForrester Moderator

    Marvelous sketch, Merrijane. Whoever drew it has real talent. Professional level talent. 

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    • February 19, 2020, at 3:25 PM PST
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  13. Merrijane Thatcher
    Merrijane

    KentForrester (View Comment):

    Marvelous sketch, Merrijane. Whoever drew it has real talent. Professional level talent.

    I think so too! I’ll pass on your compliment to her. 

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    • February 19, 2020, at 4:12 PM PST
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  14. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Merrijane (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):
    My mother’s injunction was to marry a smart woman.

    But a smart woman might not like me!

    Nonsense. 

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    • February 19, 2020, at 9:24 PM PST
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  15. Bryan McAllister Coolidge

    Merrijane (View Comment):
    My desire revolved around the perhaps outdated belief that sons don’t visit very often after they leave home, but they go will go wherever their wives go.

    I don’t think it’s outdated. That’s a smart strategy. I’m remiss to report that in my house, my wife is a far more engaged ‘ambassador’ to my mother than I am. So, I guess I married well – but I am to be admonished for slacking. Regardless, I see similar patterns in my peers and in their children – the boys tend to fall off the radar, without good coaxing.

    Nice poem, and illustration! Thank you for sharing.

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    • February 21, 2020, at 12:36 PM PST
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