Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Happy Birthday, Trout!

Happy Birthday today to my Trout! He is spending the day golfing at Disney with some of his good friends and then tonight out to dinner with friends. It is a good day!

In 1992, I gave The Trout a most fitting birthday present. I contacted my old college friend, Judy Johannesen, who had and still has a tremendous gift of producing beautiful calligraphy. I gave her one of the Trout's favorite poems by Robert Traver, and she produced a most beautiful keepsake. We then asked an artist friend of ours, Dave Constantine, to pen and ink a trout on the bottom of the calligraphy. This is the result and it has hung proudly for all these years.

I hope you will click on the picture to enlarge and read this poem. It really explains my husband a lot.

After posting this, I decided to add another paragraph. The poem states that the fisherman is thankful that there are no telephones on trout streams. And so it always was until...in 1999, The Trout slipped on mossy rocks and had to walk one mile back to the car on a broken ankle that later needed surgery. He takes a cell phone now, only if he will be far away from the car.

14 comments:

  1. Susan, he is a very lucky guy!

    Hope you both have a terrific day...

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  2. What a fitting tribute and lovely, thoughtful gift. My husbands birthday was yesterday and I am taking him tonight to see Garrison Keeler, his favorite.

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  3. Marilyn we wonder where you are going to see Garrison tonight? We may do the theatre broadcast on 2-4 to alot of movie houses over the county - check out Praire Home.org for more if interested. Prairie Home has been just about as much fun and important to me since we first found it like 1981 as trout fishing. We have rarely missed a show which has brought tears of laughter and sadness sometimes - maybe the bottle of wine helps that we drink while listening as well as my background with a norwegian father and bachelor uncles so much like those characters on the show!! take care TROUT!!

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  4. My guess is he already has his mermaid:) What a sweet gift.
    Happy Birthday to your Trout!

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  5. Happy Birthday Trout! Today is my boyfriend Zack's birthday, too. Yea Aquarius people.

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  6. Thanks for all the sweet comments. We had to smile at Jody Blue's comment about the mermaid. Jury is still out on that. :) It was a good day and good evening with friends. As usual, though, our dinner out was okay but we know we could have produced a better meal at home.

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  7. How wonderful! It's my birthday too.....Born in 1945. I wonder what year your husband was born in.

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  8. Happy happy birthday Trout. Hope you have many more. And don't forget to take your phone with you. Anything can happen.
    Sam

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  9. Ginette7:54 PM

    Happy Birthday, Dale!

    How thoughtful of you, Susan, to give your hubby this most appropriate present.

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  10. I love this poem so much! I haven't seen it before. Thanks so much for sharing it and a very happy birthday to Trout!! :D

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  11. KRISTI - Born in 1944 - my grandson Jo says I'm more like 16 than 66!!! Boy did he make me feel good!!! I hope he is right!

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  12. Happy Birthday to the Trout. I am glad he now takes his phone with him. Your gift was unique and a loving tribute.

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  13. happy bday and happy tribute
    amen
    gp

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  14. I'm so sorry to be late with my birthday wishes trout. I hope your day was fabulous. Blessings...Mary

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