Happy birthday, Mom

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My mom Eve turns 80 today. Here is a picture of her and my dad that I’m guessing is from some time in the 70s. A family friend posted it on Facebook just yesterday, and I’m including it not because of the wonderfulness of my parents’ union—they divorced—but because I think she looks so beautiful here. My mother is—cliche but true—a beautiful person both inside and out, a person whose only ambition for her children is that they be happy and make their own dreams come true. She charms people wherever she goes. I’ve been inspired by her independence, her engagement with the world, her humor, and her kindness. She took up meditation in her 70s. And—admirably—did not crater when my stepfather died, but stayed active and beyond lively: last New Year’s Eve, she went to three parties—that’s three more than me—and does not want for suitors, even though she’s got little interest in them. For over 30 years, she’s been my only parent: I haven’t always been easy, and she’s handled the worst that I can dish out with grace and dignity. I love her a lot, and you would too. She reads this blog every day, so join me in wishing her the best, won’t you?

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    Belle
    1 Jun 2017
    7:11am

    Happiest of birthdays to your mom! I can relate – My mom has also been my only parent since her divorce from my dad- I was 20 at the time. So odd to have an absentee parent during adulthood, just when the parent-child bond should be evolving into mutual friendship, love, and respect. It’s a unique situation and my heart goes out to you. Kudos to our fabulous mamas.

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      Marisa Koten
      2 Jun 2017
      8:21am

      Happy birthday, Eve!

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    Mouse
    1 Jun 2017
    7:18am

    Happiest Birthday, Eve!

    Hope there are good friends and good wine involved…

    From a fellow Gemini…..

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    Krista Campbell
    1 Jun 2017
    7:31am

    What a lovely tribute! Happy Birthday from small town New Brunswick, Canada! May we all be as active and engaged as you, Eve!

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    Laura
    1 Jun 2017
    7:57am

    Happy Birthday to your mother, I hope it’s a great day, year and decade for her!

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    Trish
    1 Jun 2017
    8:15am

    You are so, so lucky – I love how you chose to honor and celebrate your mother! She’s an inspiration to us all in how to live life.

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    Ann
    1 Jun 2017
    8:53am

    Happy Birthday, mom of Kim!!

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    Rae
    1 Jun 2017
    8:58am

    Happy Birthday to the supportive, loving mother of Kim and wonderful woman in the world! So great to hear of loving, healthy mother-daughter relationships to counter all the negative stereotypes.

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    Dana D
    1 Jun 2017
    8:58am

    Happy Birthday Eve!

    Kim, you are blessed to have such a mother!

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    dolly
    1 Jun 2017
    9:12am

    Happy birthday, Eve, and may you have many more!

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    DeDe
    1 Jun 2017
    9:12am

    Happy birthday, Eve! I hope it’s the best one yet!

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    elise
    1 Jun 2017
    9:18am

    Happy 80th Eve! (Great name btw – it’s my sister’s too and I’ve always kinda wished it was mine :)) Wishing you a wonderful year ahead!

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    Nicole
    1 Jun 2017
    9:20am

    Such a beautiful post, Kim! Happiest of birthday, Eve! You are lucky to have one another.

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    Kate
    1 Jun 2017
    9:23am

    Happy Birthday, Kim’s mom! Hope you have a wonderful day to kick off a great year (and decade!).

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    Caroline
    1 Jun 2017
    9:28am

    Happy birthday Eve!!
    Have a beautiful, fun, lovely, divine day!!!

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    AC
    1 Jun 2017
    9:35am

    Happy Birthday Eve! What a wonderful eloquent tribute Kim. You are truly blessed to have such a wonderful mother. Like your stepfather my mother who I adored died 11 years ago of pancreatic cancer at the age of 63. I miss her every day and often wonder what our relationship would be now with me in my 50s and her in her 70s.

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    Laura Jean
    1 Jun 2017
    9:40am

    Happy birthday Eve!

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    c.w.
    1 Jun 2017
    9:42am

    Happy B-day, Eve! May your new year be filled with family, love and adventures.

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    Nicole C.
    1 Jun 2017
    9:47am

    Happy Birthday Eve! Although we’ve never met, I can truthfully say that my 47 year old self would like to be you when I grow up. :o) Cheers to you on your special day!

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    Meegan
    1 Jun 2017
    9:47am

    Happy, joyful birthday to you Eve! I wish you well,

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    EClaire
    1 Jun 2017
    9:54am

    Happy Birthday! My greatest wish is one day my children will be able to describe me so fondly.

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    joannawnyc
    1 Jun 2017
    9:57am

    Happy Birthday Eve! Kim is wonderful, and, after meeting you briefly at the first Clare V do, I can see where she gets it from. Enjoy your day.

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    MaryC
    1 Jun 2017
    10:05am

    Happy Birthday Eve!

    Hope your day is full of love and laughter, family and friends, & cake and ice cream!

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    Erin
    1 Jun 2017
    10:10am

    That’s a wonderful tribute. I’m the mom of a little Eve who always tells people she was the first woman on earth! It seems they are all a beautiful force of nature.
    Happy Birthday Eve!

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    Cat
    1 Jun 2017
    10:14am

    Bonne Fete from Montreal.
    I am so inspired by the way you live your life Eve, especially since today is my birthday too. I raise a glass to you!

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      Jenny Katz
      1 Jun 2017
      10:33am

      Happy birthday to you, too, Cat!

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    Elle
    1 Jun 2017
    10:15am

    That was really lovely. Happy birthday to your wonderful mother!

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    Carolina
    1 Jun 2017
    10:17am

    Happy birthday, Eve! May you celebrate with family, friends and love. And to lovely daughter Kim, what a wonderful tribute to your mom.

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    Joan
    1 Jun 2017
    10:28am

    Happy Birthday. May your year be filled with happiness, health and love.

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    Jana
    1 Jun 2017
    10:29am

    One of my favorite photos ever posted on this blog is the one of “Elegant Eve” and her natty husband, Howard–so radiant, so alive! Images don’t tell us everything, but they say enough. That photo conveys a life well lived in all its complexity.

    Have the happiest birthday ever, Eve. You raised a spectacular daughter: one of my faves among people I’ve never met (and likely never will). Enjoy this day and celebrate. Here’s to many, many more!

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    Teresa
    1 Jun 2017
    10:31am

    Your mom sounds awesome. Wishing her a happy happy birthday.

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    Jenny Katz
    1 Jun 2017
    10:32am

    Happy birthday, Eve! Glow on!

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    Robin
    1 Jun 2017
    10:33am

    Cheers to you, Eve! Happy Birthday!

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    Viajera
    1 Jun 2017
    10:44am

    Happy Birthday, Miss Eve!!!!!!!

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    Linda
    1 Jun 2017
    11:08am

    Happy birthday, Eve!

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    Tracey
    1 Jun 2017
    11:14am

    Happy, happy birthday to you Ms. Eve!

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    Christiana
    1 Jun 2017
    11:25am

    Happy Birthday, Eve! Can we get a guest post on her secret to staying charmed and charming?!

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    MariaO
    1 Jun 2017
    11:26am

    Happy birthday, Eve! I hope your day is wonderful!

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    vishy
    1 Jun 2017
    11:41am

    I wish a very Happy Birthday to you Eve. <3

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    Francine
    1 Jun 2017
    11:41am

    Happy Birthday Eve! Enjoy your day!

    PS, your daughter is awesome 🙂

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    Mary Alice
    1 Jun 2017
    11:53am

    Happiest of birthdays to you, Eve. Hope your day is as fabulous as you are!

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    Lucy
    1 Jun 2017
    11:57am

    Cheers to you on your birthday, Eve!

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    angie
    1 Jun 2017
    12:06pm

    Happy Birthday Eve! I was missing my mom today and I am so happy to wish Kim France’s mom a wonderful 80th!

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    jean
    1 Jun 2017
    12:06pm

    Happiest of Birthdays, Eve!
    I know you’ve had a big influence on your daughter.
    Many more, happy returns!
    <3

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    Ann
    1 Jun 2017
    12:15pm

    Happiest of birthday wishes to your wonderful mom. I am a huge fan of her jewelry, have several pieces (chain mail necklaces, I own four!), and wear them all the time. You are blessed with a supportive and loving mother. I am your age, lost my mother 17 years ago, and not a day goes by that I don’t miss her and wish I still had her. She sounds a lot like your mom (except for the jewelry designing talent). Cherish every day with her. You are both blessed to have each other. Nothing better than a supportive and loving mother, which I try each and every day to be for my three children. I’m grateful for the all too short time I had with my mom. Happiest of birthday wishes, beautiful Eve France. You have an awesome daughter.

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    Wendi
    1 Jun 2017
    12:27pm

    🌸🎂Happy Birthday Eve!🌸🎂

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    Lindsay C
    1 Jun 2017
    12:27pm

    Happy birthday 💗

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    Fiona Stevenson
    1 Jun 2017
    12:42pm

    Happy Birthday, Eve! You sound so interesting and you’ve also raised a smart, insightful, funny daughter. Great role models!

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    Natalie
    1 Jun 2017
    1:07pm

    Happy 80th Eve, keep rockin’ it! All the best to you!

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    Debra
    1 Jun 2017
    1:28pm

    Milestone Birthday! Yea! Have fun and treat yourself to a whole year of rockin’ 80’s fun. Happy Birthday and best wishes for a year full of pleasant diversions and unexpected merrymaking!

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    Julie
    1 Jun 2017
    1:29pm

    And it looks like the apple didn’t fall from the tree… Happy Birthday Eve!

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    Tamara
    1 Jun 2017
    1:32pm

    Happy birthday mom of Kim….all the best

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    sara dickerman
    1 Jun 2017
    1:40pm

    happy birthday!
    I met your mother once, some twenty years ago, and was charmed by her vivacity and gracefulness (I was already smitten with her jewelry!). enjoy your celebrations!

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    Sylvia Sichel
    1 Jun 2017
    2:00pm

    Happy birthday! Independent, charming, funny, engaged, beautiful, supportive and kind. I guess you can add children who obviously adore you and that makes eight incredible achievements… one for every decade. Have a wonderful birthday!

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    Adrien
    1 Jun 2017
    2:02pm

    Happy Birthday, Eve! You sound like an amazing person.

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    Erin
    1 Jun 2017
    2:18pm

    Happy Birthday Eve! I’m so glad I learned about you by reading this blog, and hope you have a wonderful celebration of your new milestone!

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    Alexa
    1 Jun 2017
    2:52pm

    Happy Birthday to you!

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    Lara
    1 Jun 2017
    3:04pm

    Happy, happy birthday wishes – so inspiring to know how you are sharing yours with love and grace and passion!

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    lindanyc
    1 Jun 2017
    5:18pm

    Wishing the happiest of birthdays to Ms. Eve, the reportedly lovely & undoubtedly lucky mother to the ultimate GOACA. Wishing you to 120!

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    Valleyoftheshoes
    1 Jun 2017
    6:52pm

    Happy birthday, Eve!

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    Emily TL
    1 Jun 2017
    7:14pm

    Happiest of days to you, Eve!

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    Kathryn
    1 Jun 2017
    7:37pm

    Happy birthday Eve!

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    y.k.
    1 Jun 2017
    8:10pm

    happy birthday eve! i love your jewelry & as you can tell-we are all wild about your daughter.

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    Dawn
    1 Jun 2017
    9:05pm

    Happiest of birthday wishes, Eve!

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    kristen
    1 Jun 2017
    9:08pm

    happy birthday! meditation at 70 grace dignity and love. such inspiration. you have an amazing daughter who it seems is just like you

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    Jessica
    1 Jun 2017
    9:26pm

    Wishing you a very happy birthday, Ms. Eve!

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    Sheila
    1 Jun 2017
    9:45pm

    Happy Birthday! What a lovely tribute to your mother.

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    Carlene
    1 Jun 2017
    10:38pm

    She sounds fabulous! Happy, happy birthday Eve! I just had a birthday too, I can’t believe how old I am; I’ll bet you’re the same. <3

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    Mae
    1 Jun 2017
    10:46pm

    Happy Birthday, Eve! Thank you for producing such a cool daughter.

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    Raina
    1 Jun 2017
    11:26pm

    All hail, Eve, maker of Kim! We are forever grateful.

    I hope you have the loveliest birthday ever.

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    Mimi
    1 Jun 2017
    11:51pm

    Happy Birthday, Eve! I’m closer in age to you than to many of the GOACA who follow Kim. I wish you good health and many years of joy.

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    Gail Light
    2 Jun 2017
    4:38am

    I’m happy to join all who have stopped here to wish you the happiest of birthdays. I have such fond memories of you in our salad days. So glad to see your spark shining bright. Be well and enjoy many, many days of celebration.

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    Trina
    2 Jun 2017
    7:03am

    Happy Belated Birthday Eve!

    What a beautiful picture, and even though you didn’t stay together, you guys were both gorgeous. Wow.

    I would have written yesterday but yesterday is also my seven-year-old’s birthday. Now eight. When you’re 54, it’s hard to keep track.

    Remember we get to celebrate our birthdays all week, because that’s the fun way to celebrate. 🙂

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    Ann Faison
    2 Jun 2017
    3:56pm

    Happy Birthday Eve!!!!

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    Yolanda
    2 Jun 2017
    4:16pm

    Happy Belated Birthday Eve! Felicidades

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    RebeccaNYC
    2 Jun 2017
    5:29pm

    Happy Happy birthday Eve! Wishing you the best of everything!

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    Dana
    3 Jun 2017
    10:40am

    A belated Happy Birthday and best wishes.

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    Jennifer
    5 Jun 2017
    11:17am

    Cool parents raise cool kids. Happy birthday to your trail-blazing mamma. We all stand on the shoulders of giants like her who took it on the chin during the dawning of the women’s movement. Wishing her a fantastic 80th!

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    GT
    5 Jun 2017
    4:04pm

    XXXXX! Muah!!

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    Hick from Styx
    8 Jun 2017
    9:29pm

    Timeless (because I don’t always check in) wishes for a great year to a timeless beauty.

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