Saturday, March 23, 2019

Early morning call

Today has been a good one. It started out early with a ringing phone.

Jilda's father always called her at the crack of dawn every year because he wanted to be the first to wish her a happy birthday.  He died in 1993 a few months before her birthday.

The morning of her birthday that year, the phone rang. The call was unexpected. We weren't asleep, but we were still lying in bed. The phone rests on a table on my side of the bed. She lunged across me and answered the phone.

The caller was her younger brother Ricky. He knew how much that early call meant to her and he decided to continue the tradition.

He's never missed a birthday since that day.

Below is a picture of Jilda and her dad at the beach the summer before he died.


  1. Nice tradition...good brother!

  2. What a solid tradition. BUT also what a wonderful tie between father and daughter....
    Sherry & jack

  3. How wonderful that Jilda's brother continued the tradition. If Jilda is like me not a day goes by that the thought of her dad doesn't pass through her mind. Wish her a happy birhtday for me.

  4. It's a beautiful tradition. My mom had the same tradition. She never forgot my birthday and always called me. I miss her too.
    Hugs, Julia

  5. That is a loving way to remember Jilda's birthday and their father.

  6. My father did the very same thing! (Said with lump in throat.) I'll never forget the March 17 he phoned 'collect' from China because he'd misplaced his telephone calling card.

  7. What a sweet and kind brother to honor not only his sister but their Dad too. Hope her day was perfect!

  8. What a lovely photo of Jilda and her dad


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