Dear America,

Thanks so much for celebrating my wife’s birthday. She’s worth every one of those 300-million congratulatory messages you sent her. My computer just about bombed out I can tell you.

         As you can appreciate, with such a vast number of people to thank she won’t be able to reply to each one of you individually, so she has asked me to do it on her behalf.

  Some of the ones from the little children brought a tear to her eye.


I’ve been married to her for nearly 40 years and I can vouch for the fact that if she had been Catholic the Pope would have made her a Saint long ago for putting up with me, if nothing else. But her good works extend far beyond that.


She’s a very special lady. And apart from me, her daughters Mandy, Sally and Belinda will attest to that, as well as the rest of the family and all those who have been fortunate enough to know her. As well as all of America of course.


It was fantastic to have an entire nation, especially one as great and diverse as yours thinking about her on her special day.


So once again a very BIG thank you from Rosemary Gayle Abbott who turned 70 on this 4th of July.


I too would like to give you my special thanks. You know what men are like when it comes to remembering their wives’ birthdays.

         Well at least you – the entire U S of A – didn’t forget.


Thanks again and Best Wishes,