A 30th Birthday Jingle

L. Mack, I think that this little ditty might catch you off guard

But it’s written by me, so be prepared to laugh pretty hard

Today you turn THIRTY, a milestone of plenty

And to think, I’ve known you for all of your twenties!

From dressing in togas and drinking in Hahn Hall

To journeying around Europe and having a ball

We’ve been sisters, neighbors even fellow dog keepers

We’re both artsy and giggly and big life leapers

When you first moved to Chicago I would spend weekends on your futon

After nights of barhopping, laughing and getting our Mexican food on

Plenty of Cubs games and parties and a weekend away at “Camp”

And when I fled the country you threw me a party like a champ

I wrote you a jingle from Kenya when you turned twenty-four

But today’s a big one, deserving of a bit more

The past few years have been good to Miss L. Mack

A new degree, new job and a brand new… haircut

The last couple of years we have been separated by a 3 hour drive

And I’ve always said the armpit of America is highway 65

But I pledge that in this, your 30th year, I will more often visit

To drink a glass of vino and laugh with you I will endure the pit!

I’m so proud of you and what you’ve been able to achieve

You are honest and loving and always stand for what you believe

Still a timezone away, but you know I’ll be raising a glass

To L. Mack, her new decade and her super fine… haircut



(for you are one of the few who call me by my full name)


  1. Oh, Jenn. how cute, funny, thoughtful, and sweet!I wonder if Linds saw this! I just stumbled upon this while excitedly reading your blog.which, quite honestly, had slipped my mind! I’m so happy to be seeing your photography again, which I love! I miss you and hope you’re doing well! Love to you and hello to your Mom!

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