Monday, August 13, 2007

...and they call her - Charli!

Forty-three years ago today a cute little girl named Charlotte was born in St. Louis.

Today, depending on who you are, this girl may also be known as:

Chuck or Chuckie - by her siblings
Charlotte - by her customers
Char - by her current circle of friends
Char-Char - by her dad (when she was young)
Mom - by our kids
Mrs. Lee - by the kids at my daughter's school
Charli - by my family and me (but only when I refer to her in 3rd person), or most commonly...
Honey or Hon - by me, the only way I refer to her in person. I know, don't bother to say it... *Urp*

Because she was named the exact same name as her mother Charlotte, Charli Jr. decided very early on in life that she wanted (and needed) her own identity. When Charli was a teen and young adult, her mom would often "mistakenly" open her mail, or take a personal phone call from her doctor, or tell a boy that she wasn't interested.

Ok, that last one didn't happen - as far as she knows. But still, the point was - Charli hated being named the same as her mother, and did everything in her power to establish her own identity whenever possible - often times to the chagrin of her parents.

And now today Charli is most definitely her own person in every way possible. She's smart, confident, successful and... oh yeah, stubborn too. But in a good way of course.

So happy birthday to my wife, my lover and my best friend. You may be known as Charlotte on your driver's license, but you'll always be "honey" to me.

21 comments:

Hilly said...

Happy Birthday, Jeff's Wife...woman of many names!

Whit said...

Yes, Happy Birthday Hon, I mean Mrs. Harominca Man.

cathouse teri said...

Lovely tribute to the lady. :)

Cindy and don said...

YES! Charlie--Happy happy!
You do an awsome job, on everything you do. Most of all, making a wonderful family tick! Hope you have a great day, Cindy

Mooselet said...

Happy Birthday Mrs. HM - which is far better than Mrs. BM. I hope you're treated like royalty for your day.

Kal said...

Aww, very sweet.

It appears you married up as well...

Bill said...

Lois prayed you would meet a girl like Charlie. We are extremely pleased with her answered prayers!!!

Mom said...

You are truly blessed to have met and married Charli. We love her too--as much as if she was one of our own!!!! Hope your birthday was as wonderful as you are, Charlie.

Diesel said...

Happy Birthday, Charli!

Heather said...

It's so nice to see your better half a bit Jeff!

Happy Birthday Charli!

Charli said...

Thank you everyone for the sweet comments, having a very nice birthday. Mooselet, too funny, but we do have a son who is BM Lee!!
Thanks again,
Charli

Ba Doozie said...
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Ba Doozie said...

I was never lucky enough to either a hubby like you or parent's in law that liked me/appreciated me. It's nice to see this sort of thing in real life

bon bon said...

aaaawwww, what a sweet tribute! happy birthday, charli! did you know you share your birthday with fidel castro? stubbornness must be a trait of leo.
;o)

deborah said...

Happy Birthday, Charli!! you also share a b'day with Halle Barry.

Beautiful tribute.

Carla said...

Happy B-day Mrs Jeff. Aren't they great!

Charli said...

BaDoozie, you are so right that I am lucky. Not only do I have a wonderful husband but my in-laws treat me like one of their own, maybe even better;) My mother passed away early in our marriage and my MIL gently (not pushy)stepped in to fill that void. They have always been there for me and supported me and my MIL is a mom to me when I need someone to talk to. Not many people are that blessed. I guess my husband's goodness proves the old saying "the nut doesn't fall far from the tree" (yes Jeff, the malaprop intended)

Mitch McDad said...

Your lover??? I friggin hate braggers.

Happy Birthday Charli!

Julie Pippert said...

Awww happy birthday to her.

Julie
Ravin' Picture Maven

neva said...

oh, you are SO gonna get "lucky" with this post!

Happy Happy (belated) Birthday to your absolutely beautiful wife, Charli!! i'm guessing you managed to help her celebrate in a fashion she deserved and enjoyed!

(seriously, this was very very sweet! nothing we like more than to see a "happily in love man" celebrate the wife he's happily in love with!)

yellojkt said...

Happy late birthday! h-man is a very lucky guy.