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  1. David L Brown
    March 28, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

    Happy Birthdays and Happy Anniversary to our treasured neighborhood friends who have become more like family. May the renewal of springtime give us joy and laughter with those we love, this is what I see in these lovely photos.


    • Gerda Saunders
      March 29, 2017 @ 4:22 pm

      Thanks so much, David. It is so lovely of you to send birthday and anniversary wishes. We, of course, think of you as family too. It just seems that, as we all get busier, the trip across the road to your house has become more distant! Just know that we think of you daily as we see you and Lynda and the kids move about your daily responsibilities–and when one of them knocks on the door with hot pancakes or another treat. I wish you a love spring–and whole year!– of deeply shared activities with those you love most. Warmest greetings from our house to yours.


  2. shen
    March 28, 2017 @ 8:45 pm

    Ohhh, I’m so glad you had marvelous celebrations although we missed you at ours. 46 years married happily!!!! That is such a rare and precious accomplishment. As is your family. As is your STARRED KIRKUS REVIEW!@#%%$#$Q#$ I’m so happy for your many wonders xoxoxo


    • Gerda Saunders
      March 28, 2017 @ 9:02 pm

      Dearest Shen, thanks so much for your lovely wishes. We did have a good time. I’ll blame my failure to set up a lunch date with you this week to these distractions! i called tonight to both your phones, but was unable to leave a message. Please let me know if we can still have lunch or coffee this week, though tomorrow is not possible for me. Thanks for your unflagging support of my book and happiness for my good review. Love you so much and think of you all the time. Maybe we can take Everett to lunch again sometime soon? xoxoxox


  3. Marietta van Rooyen
    March 28, 2017 @ 8:54 pm

    Dear Gerda and Peter
    Happy, happy anniversary! So great to get to know your nuclear family beter.
    I will be 70 on Saturday. Having sleepless nights about the party.
    We have many good friends here. Riaan will be coming from England and Marieke and family will come from Cape Town.
    Always enjoy you blogs.



    • Gerda Saunders
      March 29, 2017 @ 5:08 pm

      Dear Marietta,

      Thanks for your lovely anniversary wishes. The numbers associated these days with my or my kids’ and Peter’s birthdays astonishe me–Peter is turning 70 next year.

      In the meantime I can only say that you don’t look or act 70 from everything I learn about you on facebook. You appear to be a the center of a vibrant family and circle of friends–probably all ready to wish you happy birthday in person at your party! I want to say don’t worry about the party, but I do too when I have a big celebration coming up. I hope you have lots and lots of help, if, indeed, you are in charge of making the party happen. I recently started playing the “dementia card” in our family when it comes to big gatherings–at the moment i can still manage to make one dish, and they bring all the rest. They gladly do it, because seeing me stressed out and confused is not a good alternative! Well, since I believe my situation is very different from your still fully firing rational capacities, I just want to wish you a wonderful celebration with your children coming from north and south! I do hope you’re going to post an illustrated report on facebook–so looking forward to seeing you and your beloved family and friends. xoxox


  4. Kathy
    March 29, 2017 @ 10:15 pm

    Another wonderful story as only you can tell us. Loved lunch last week and look forward to another, I am reminded about our “anniversary” trip to Vernal, such great memories with Anne, Reg and our girls. They were so little, 6th grade, and did so well. Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthdays to all who celebrate.
    Love, Kathy


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