Friday Five, Mamas

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Here are this week's five (which I think are kinda silly) but we'll do 'em anyway.

I'll answer in the comments boxes with you!

1. What does it say in the signature line of your emails?

2. Did you have a senior quote in your high school yearbook? What was it? If you haven't graduated yet, what would you like your quote to be?

3. If you had vanity plates on your car, what would they read? If you already have them, what do they say?

4. Have you received any gifts with messages engraved upon them? What did the inscription say?

5. What would you like your epitaph to be?


1. Signature line: My emails are always signed "Blessings, Terry"

2. No senior quote in my high school album. Which is a good thing, because undoubtedly, being the early/mid seventies it would have been something totally stupid and cliche. I mean, come on, I had a shirt with patches on it that said "War is not good for children and other living things." Peace and love, man!

3. No vanity plates, and I wouldn't have any. I WOULD buy pro-life plates, though.

4. Never got an inscribed gift that had anything more than my initials on it.

5. My epitaph? Since my plans now are to be placed in the columbarium at our church, my epitaph will be just my name and dates of birth and death. If I could pick something else, it would just be to add: "Loving wife, mother, grandmother (I hope!), and friend." At the end of my life I hope that's what people remember about me.

1. "Cheers, Kenny" is my usual friendly sign-off. My business one is your basic list of contact info, etc

2. No quote. Just a large picture of me laying - hammered - on a day bed at a friend'd house, bleary-eyed and with the worlds largest dip in my mouth. Best summation of my HS years possible.

3. nothing printable here

4. Just monogrammed stuff

5. Quaerens me, sedisti lassus:
redemisti crucem passus:
tantus labor non sit cassus.

"In weariness You sought for me,
and suffering upon the tree!
let not in vain such labor be. "

from the Dies Irae

5 sub a. If my wife springs for the big tombstone, then this would be my choice:

Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine secundum verbum tuum in pace:
Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum
Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum,
Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.

"Now dismiss Thy servant, O Lord, in peace, according to Thy word:
For mine own eyes hath seen Thy salvation,
Which Thou hast prepared in the sight of all the peoples,
A light to reveal Thee to the nations and the glory of Thy people Israel."

-Nunc Dimittis (Canticle of Simeon)

1) In full it reads:

"Pax et Bonum

Franklin Jennings
Atlanta, GA

"Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around." - G.K. Chesterton, "Orthodoxy", 1908 "

2) "Full Speed Ahead"

3) I'd never have vanity plates.

4) Never been given a gift with an inscription, but I do plan on inscribing something in my future wife's wedding band. "One Ring to Rule Them All"

5) "This may be a Baptist Cemetary, but this grave was consecrated by a Roman Catholic Preist. Requiéscat in pace." (I plan to be buried alongside my Father, his parents, his maternal grandparents, his maternal grnadmother's parents, her paternal grandparents and her paternal grandfather's parents.)

Addendum to #5: Forgot to mention my father's maternal grandmother's paternal grnafather's paternal grandparents. I will make the 8th generation in that row. There are actually two older generations than that, but you can just see the top inches of their tombstones, which have sunk approximately 2 feet in the course of 180-220 years.


I think I heard that that inscription was what your future wife had in mind for YOU!!!

Tee hee!

Why don't these perishing comment boxes actually remember the "personal info" when they say they will?


1. It doesn't. I always type "Yours, Elinor Dashwood".
2. I don't remember but it was probably something pompous.
3. The only time I ever wanted them was before Cacciadelia was born and all we had were sons. I wanted "BOYSRUS"; then I found out I was pregnant and decided to wait just-in-case . . .
4. Never, although my mother bought me a necklace with one of those "#1" pendants (very hot in 1977 - Terry might remember) when I made first in my high school class. If I'd had time to turn around, I'd have had RIII, I, 2, ccxiv inscribed inside our wedding rings: Look, how my ring encompasseth thy finger; even so thy breast encloseth my poor heart.
5. "I told you I was sick." Not really. How about "UXOR MATER CLADES INIUSTENSIS"? (Wife, Mother, Scourge of the Unjust)


I was also 1st in my class. But I didn't get a #1 pendant. I got one that said "brat" on it. I still have it. My wonderful (and I mean that really--he is lovely and I love him like a father) stepfather gave it to me.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE THE EPITAPH! Only mine needs to say: Wife, Mother, Know-it-all. Then everyone I know would nod.

1.smockmomma senior class awarded me the "Benjamin Franklin: Most Likely to Fly a Kite During a Thunderstorm Award"
4.a handcuff, er bracelet, that read "METAL MOMMA" on one side with my initials and those of the beau who gave the bracelet to me on the other side.
5.she was loved

1. Some quote by Hilaire Belloc. I forget it at the moment.

2. I don't know about quote, but I pulled off ending up getting in the picture of two different student groups I wasn't actually in.

3. My plates say "IM 4 JP2". At the time I got a little upset with my wife, I had wanted them to say "IM 4 JPII". I thought it would be a little more obvious that way.

4. I once recieved a gift in fourth grade that said, "to jayson the kid". I thought Jimmanee (yes it was a girl) was refering to billy the kid but upoin questioning she didn't know who billy the kid was.

5. A simple cross. No name.

1. No sig.
2. No senior quote, though I was voted "Most Intellectual."
3. No vanity plates. I'm too cheap to spring for the Preserving Maryland's Farm Heritage plates, and too dull right now to think of a clever tag.
4. I was once given a pendant with my monogram.
5. Just my name and the dates, please. Here lies one whose name is writ in water.

1. My typical goodbye is "Regards, Chris".
2. I don't even remember my senior year, much less the quote. My yearbook is at the bottom of a box somewhere coated in layers of dust.
3. No clue. I hate those things anyway.
4. The gifts I tend to get tend to be of the non-engravable sort, although I often get special books with nice messages that explain why the giver was inspired to give it to me.
5. "This above all: to thine own self be true, and it will follow, as the night the day, thou shall not be untrue to any man."~William Shakespeare from Hamlet. (I probably better start saving up for the cost of engraving all that.)



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