Ken and Janice Tate

Dear Friends of the Good Old Days,

"Happy birthday to you ..."

Your young friends are gathered around the kitchen table, dressed in their party clothes and singing off-key to you, the unabashedly excited birthday boy or girl. Colorful crepe paper streamers drape from the light fixture overhead, thanks to your mom.

"Happy birthday to you ..."

Eight candles glow atop a double-chocolate frosted birthday cake, also thanks to your mother. She really outdid herself this year, making your favorite treat and inviting your best friends to celebrate your special day.

"Happy birthday dear ..."

As they sing your name, you glance into the living room, where you see a stash of gifts just for you -- gifts you can call your own but will (eventually) share with your siblings. You hope and pray one of those packages holds that special doll or baseball or candy bar you've been eyeing at the five-and-dime store.

"Happy birthday to you!"

You take a giant breath, lean close to those melting candles, and blow them out in one sweep. Cheers fill the air! Cake and ice cream all around!

It's a memorable birthday from your Good Old Days.

Birthdays are always special, but there was something about those childhood birthdays that were unmatched in joy and anticipation. The stories in this issue take us back to those magical moments when all the troubles of life were set aside for a short time and all was well in our world. Go back with us ... and have a happy birthday!

'Til next time,

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Mary Beth Weisenburger, Editor

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Mary Beth Weisenburger has been with Annie's since April 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and publishing fields. In addition to her job as editor of Good Old Days, she has been writing a family humor column for over a decade. She and her husband, two college-age kids, two dogs and various other critters live on five acres in the country, where she enjoys reading on the back porch, refinishing furniture, feeding the birds and digging in the dirt of her perennial gardens.

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