Happy 93rd Birthday, Mom!
Today is a very special post in honor of my mother, Mary Jane (Reed) Gartner – 93 years young today! Not everyone lives long enough to celebrate their 93rd birthday, so I’m thrilled to report that my mother is marking this momentous occasion today.
My mom taught me that I can do anything I set my mind to and that anything worth doing is worth doing well. With her as my inspiration, I have been able to fearlessly reinvent myself as my life and times have changed. Professional Saxophonist, The USAF Band, DC? Check. First female Chief of Music Production? Check. First female Chief Enlisted Manager, The USAF Band? Check. First female CMSgt in The USAF Band to retire with 30 years of service? Check. Digital Marketing & Advertising Specialist? Check. Freelance business owner and book author? Double check.
I cannot express my gratitude for her in words, whose unconditional love has been my greatest strength. My mom has always motivated me to be successful, encouraged me in all of my pursuits, and inspired me to follow my dreams. Her motto is one that I still live by to this day, “There is no such thing as can’t.” Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I gave myself reasons why I can.
Thanks mom, for showing me that anything is possible through hard work and perseverance, and for the 65 years of love and support you have given me. I wish you many more years of health and happiness.
Happy Birthday Wishes from your eldest! I love you!!!