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Forever Young

One year, like many other women, my mom reached an age at which she decided, “That’s it; I don’t want to get any older.”

“From now on,” she announced, “I am going to turn 26 every year.”

That May, my younger sister made her First Holy Communion, and at one of the rehearsals, the nun went around asing all the kids to give their parents’ ages (looking back, none of us can understand why the nun needed to know this information). Little Sister hopped into the car after practice and proudly told my mom, “The nun wanted to know how old you were, but don’t worry—I told her that you are always 26.”

This year, to celebrate another one of my mom’s 26th birthdays, we went to Genghis Grill, which offered my mom a free bowl for her birthday.

Mom and Dad

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Published on May 20, 2008

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  1. romina says

    Your mom’s so cute! That reminds me of Samantha from Sex & The City who was 35 forever. Hehe.

    Happy Birthday to your mom!! Your dish looks yum-o!

  2. Maureen says

    I want to be 18 forever. But that would be too cliche.

    I just wanted to let you know that I’m having trouble linking to your site from the comment you left on my food blog. It links me to … instead of the blogspot address. And the .com address doesn’t seem to exist. Did you leave the wrong address or is there some other reason I can’t access the .com blog?

    Sorry for the long comment and thanks for adding us to your blogroll!

  3. Ruby Red Vegan says

    Ahhh! The way your mom and dad are smiling, you look just like both of them! I still need to try the Genghis in my city – we also have a restaurant like it here called HuHot Mongolian Grill. Maybe there’s one near you too?

    And 26! Haha, in a few years you’ll be older than your mom! Try explaining that one to the nun…

  4. Ruby Red Vegan says

    Haha – that’s okay, I really don’t think my sister ever tasted good anyway… So I don’t have much desire to bite her anymore.

  5. healthyceliac says

    Your mom and dad are too cute!
    Happy birthday to your mom (and it looks like you scored a great meal out of the day, too. Lucky you!).

  6. poopiebitch says

    Oh my gosh! Your parents are so cute! I see where you get it from now 🙂 Oh, and I guess that makes me older than your mom!

    I will definitely let you know if our plan ever comes to fruition. Are you kidding? You could be the retreat’s professional chocolate consultant! Every good retreat needs one.

  7. Ricki says

    Happy Birthday, CCV’s Mom! And I’m sure 26 will be a very good year (however many times you celebrate it). 🙂

  8. Danielle says

    Oh moms 🙂 and yours is just adorable! I love birthdays, I love spending time with family, I love healthy out-to-dinner dinners… gosh, I’m so jealous of the celebration ;). Hope you had fun!

  9. Erika says

    That’s the most adorable story. Your mother is a beautiful woman and definitely gives all of those other 26 year-olds some serious competition.

    P.S. Your dad’s pretty cute too 🙂
    P.P.S Sorry if that sounds kinda icky.

  10. Caitlin says

    Aww, that’s cute. A few years ago my great aunt decided that every year instead of having a birthday she’d have an “un-birthday” and get a year younger instead of a year older. 🙂 Hope your mom had a nice 26th birthday. 😉

  11. talieworld says

    Aww your parents always seem so adorable! I hope your mom had a good birthday and that restaurant seems really good as well 🙂

  12. Vegan On Stage says

    haha htats so funny.. my mom says the same thing! (but shes 25 every year… so your moms older!)

    hahah gotta love mommies

  13. vegan addict says

    I must agree with previous comments, your parents are beautiful…and you do look just like them! Happiest Birthday wishes to your mom. Oh, and the story about your sister and the nun is funny!

  14. Alice (in Veganland) says

    I’m turning 26 this year, so I guess it will be time to stop getting older!
    Happy birthday to your mother, and your bowl of greens looks delicious!

  15. shellyfish says

    Happy Birthday To Your Mom! Your family always looks so darn happy! I love that! And thanks for the heads up on the cupcake/cake batter, Special K! I’ll try using that & see how it turns out… 🙂

  16. Jennifer says

    Hahaha! Brett just turned 29 and he says he will no longer have anymore birthdays!

    Your mom is beautiful! Are you sure she’s NOT 26? 😉

    I’ve always thought the perfect age is 25, old enough to be taken serioulsy, young enough to still be goofy. I got 2 years, then I guess I won’t have birthdays anymore either!

  17. Jenny says

    My gosh, that’s an enormous bowl of goodness!

    Happy 26th birthday to your mom! I can see your resemblence to her!

  18. lighterportions says

    Haha your mom is too cute, 26 seems like it’d be quite the perfect age to turn year after year!

    Your dinner bowl looks amazing too, yum!

  19. The Vegan Countess says

    I know a woman who started calling her age spots freckles and her white hairs sparkle-y.

  20. Happy Herbivore! says

    happy birthday CCV mom!

    I am 26, will be 27 this year. I cannot wait to be older than your mom ;P

  21. Kumquat Peekapoo says

    That’s very sweet. My Grandfather always added the digits of his age together, so at the moment he’s 14.

    I’ve been away (in spirit) for awhile, but it was nice to catch up with your blog today; every post makes me smile 🙂

  22. Zach Sonnier says

    Happy Birthday to your Mom! Sounds like a delicious celebration! I agree with Ruby Red Vegan – now we know where you get your lovely smile!

  23. Lizzy says

    Ha ha, gotta love it! Reminds me of the Nanny =p
    Happy Birthday to your mom!

    I love your dish and am totally craving broccoli now, he he!

  24. ChocolateCoveredVegan says

    Haha no it doesn’t sound icky; it made me laugh. You are so sweet—and your compliment made my mom very happy :o).

    LOL your great aunt sounds cute… but she better watch out, or soon her age’ll be a negative number! I guess I am going to have to tell my mom she needs to start ageing again, too; otherwise, I’ll soon surpass her in age!

    Aww, thank you! And YOU are so sweet for saying so!

  25. Caitlin says

    LOL, she’s pretty old so I think she’s only reached 75 or something… 🙂 Yeah, I didn’t even think of that–how weird would it be if you got older than your mom? =P

  26. Sophie says

    your parents look lovely and friendly!!!
    Good idea Katie’s mum: I’m always going to be 17 🙂
    Are your family Catholic too?
    Ah the sweet memories of first Communion! I got told off by my gran for not being serious enough when receiving communion for the first time but she doesn’t realize man what an event!

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