Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!

It finally got here -- my 53rd birthday. Yikes! How did this happen? Who is that old lady in the mirror looking back at me? I was talking with my former roomie from BYU this afternoon, and we both agreed that whenever we talk it feels as if the years have melted away and we're 19 again. Neat how friends can do that for you.

I was thinking this morning of how I came to get my Irish name. Maureen Lee is Irish for Mary Elizabeth. I much prefer the Irish version. My dad was in the Air Force and was transferred to Japan during the Korean War. He was stationed at a base outside of Tokyo called Feamcom. My mother did not go with him. While he was there waiting for her to save up enough money to join him, he got a little bank and wrote Maureen's Diaper Service on it. All the guys in his platoon signed their names to it, and they would put their loose change into it at the end of the day.

When my mother arrived he moved out of the platoon and they rented a little house in the town of Tachikawa and he brought the little piggy bank with him and presented it to her. "Who's Maureen?" she asked. She got pregnant at Christmas and the following September I was born. My Dad just liked the name Maureen Lee. To this day whenever he addresses anything to me that's what he uses; the full name.

I always liked that story. Fifty-three years later it's still fun to remember that my dad was planning for me before my mom was even there in Japan.

6 comments:

Tara said...

So...how much money did he have saved?!! :)

I love the name Maureen! Happy Birtday to you!!! I can't wait to party tonight...just you and me! Yeah!

Mike said...

i grew up at tachi in the 50-60's i have a web site for tachi also with hundredds of photos email me direct at mkids001@aol.com

Mike said...

opps left out a letter on my email it should be mskids001@aol.com

Tiffany said...

I hope you had a wonderful day! I wish I could have been there to celebrate with you & Tara! Love Ya!

John and Rachael said...

Happy Birthday!! I hope you had a fabulous day, and a good time partying with Tara. I hope you two behaved!! =)

Teeples Family said...

Happy Birthday Maureen! Sorry this is belated; i thought about you yesterday-just never made it to the computer or phone; lousy excuse I know! But, I hope that you had a great day!