This past month, we had the privilege of hosting a 90th Birthday Celebration for a very special lady – Mildred Thomas – better known as Trinky. When asking her how she got the nickname Trinky, she said she wasn’t sure, her grandfather gave it to her, and it has stuck now, some 90 years later!!
A little funny trivia about Trinky and her birthday: Growing up, her family celebrated her birthday on June 16. It wasn’t until she was filing for her passport, that she discovered her “real” birthday is June 17. How funny is that?!
We met Trinky at the very FIRST tea party we ever hosted as Miss Spenser’s Special-Teas. They had hired us for their Tea Guild get together and it was to be hosted in Trinky’s home. She greeted us at the door with that ever-present smile and twinkly eye…unbeknownst to her, she was our first customer; naturally, we were a bit nervous, but her graciousness and gentle spirit calmed us immediately!!
We are posting several pictures from the day, some poems and tributes that her two daughters, Karen and Pam, put together for the special day. We hope you enjoy!
Now, this lady knows how to treat her guests…they were all escorted to Miss Spenser’s by Charter Bus!!
Trinky got out her hats and all the granddaughters and great granddaughters picked one to wear for the day.
Trinky’s dear friend from High School – she shared lovely memories of how giving and devoted she was as a friend. One of the special memories was of the “shared dress.” Trinky was fortunate to have been able to purchase a new dress…she let all her friends borrow it when they would have a special function to attend.
Now, it’s Trinky’s Birthday Party – but what does she do?? She brings gifts for Spenser and I – two lovely teacups from her personal collection…so special, lasting treasuers! Thank you Trinky!!
Pam and Karen – her two, precious daughters who helped put this party together for her. Pam shared about the thing she loves about her mother – “Now”
Pam: "I love waking my mother up in the morning; she always wakes up with a smile.
My mother is a wonderful encourager – she says something encouraging to me just after she wakes up as well. My mother is a giver. She would give me anything of hers, the shirt off her back. She is a wonderful example to me of always putting others first. My mother loves the Lord Jesus. She is always eager to pray together and ready to read the Bible or devotion book with me. Some of our favorite things we enjoy: Eating caramel corn, going for a malted milk, watching the Gaithers on t.v. followed up by Guy Lombardo and Lawrence Welk. Worshipping at church and finally…going to TEA!"
Karen, her other daughter, amazed all of us by writing this wonderful poem that spans a life-time! I am sure after this post, you will agree – that Trinky is a very special woman and those who have had the privilege of knowing her have been blessed indeed!! We hope you enjoy this tribute to our very first tea friend!!! Birthday Blessings Trinky!
She isn't big, in fact she's quite dinky
Perhaps that's why she was nicknamed Trinky
With a twinkle in her eyes and a scrunched up nose
She smiles and laughs with the cutest pose
A small package of good - that is my mom
She loves being with people and helping everyone
She loved to cook and she spent much time
Preparing meals for others to dine
She loves Tuesday coffees with her north high friends
Sharing lives together for years on end
She loves her church and Bible studies too
Quilting, sewing, so much to do
Bridge is the game she yearns to play...
It doesn't matter what time of day
Get out the nuts- oh so yummy
And don't think my mom is some kind of dummy
She knows her cards and plays them well
Marilyn and Audrey have stories to tell
Mom loved volunteering at the Church of the Land
And cherished her time with Joanna her friend
They would share the church history with those who came through
And would quilt and talk and eat donuts too
While my mom couldn't sing, she did love to dance
And enjoyed square dancing and ballroom when given the chance
My parents would dress up in fancy clothes
They were completely decked out from head to toe
Mom knew fashion-- dresses, hats, shoes
Her closets were full with the styles she'd choose
Watching shows together was a great family time
Lawrence Welk, Ed Sullivan and What's my Line.
Dad would pop corn with a little melted butter
Such great memories among so many others
Mom loved cows and had lots for awhile
But tea cups took over ------they just made her smile
Some with flowers on them, some with clover
My Dad insisted they were going to take over
Proper attire, manners and delectables too
Mom learned about tea parties and what one should do
Cucumber sandwiches, scones and such
One can never have too much
Lemon curd and strawberry soup
These led us to find a tea party group
We made several trips to the small town of Perry
Where we were connected to Ramona and Sherrie
With these friends we travelled to England - so fine
Kathy and Pam, was that not the best time?
Thymes Remembered closed - now where could we eat
When we yearned for Earl Grey and 3-tiered tea sweets
We have found the answer to our greatest passion
We drive south to Miss Spenser's tearoom in fashion
Our thanks to Donna and Spenser we bring
For filling our hearts with love and good things
The Bible talks about the fruit of the Spirit- my mom displays them well
She's been the best example in my life ...for that I'm pleased to tell
I thank The Lord for giving me the best most wonderful mother
I simply can't imagine my life if I'd been given to another
But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness and self control.
Mom you are all of that to me and more
Happy 90th birthday to the Mother I adore