I first published this on my birthday in 2009, but I still think it tells my story so let’s go again!!

Today is my birthday and I’ve attained a certain age.  I have plans, things to do, places to go.  But today I’m looking back.


(I tried to cut my own bangs–oops.)

For a few years after “the war,” I was an only child.  We lived in an apartment in Chicago where I played.

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I REALLY wanted to be a “cowgirl.”  I dreamed of the far west.  I idolized Hopalong Cassidy.


While I was running around the streets pretending to be this and that, my parents were building a new house and having a new baby.


I noticed immediately that the driveway made a PERFECT stage:

driveway-1 dress-up-me

Time passed and many new houses were built filling up the street, new brothers arrived.


Eventually they all moved into a bigger  house, but by then I was gone, starting a new life.  I moved to the far west to be a cowgirl.

Here’s to another year of fun, out on the ranch!!!


  1. Thanks Bonnie. Brilliant post. Love the images

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  2. The first picture was one included in my mom’s collection of “family photos”. I remember seeing it every time my mom brought out the box that contained all the treasures photographs hold inside them. Unfortunately,I don’t know what became of the picture. 

  3. Happiest of Birthday’s to you! You amaze, delight, inspire and make this crazy world make sense. Thank you so much! 🥰

  4. happy birthday, bonnie. it was a lovely day. in some sense, this birthday will be one of the more memorable. here’s wishing you post this march 22, 2021. it’s such a fun way to think of you. ~san&dave ~🥰

  5. Belated Happy Birthday Cowgirl!!! The powers that be sent down a perfect day for you to enjoy, and enjoy i know you did. Wishing you many more filled with love and good health!

  6. Happy Birthday! You continue to inspire me with your words and pictures. You are doing a huge service for your friends and loved ones. By the way I grew up with Hoppy too and loved him! Happy wishes from a fellow cowgirl!

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