Happy Birthday, Milly

We wished Milly a Happy Birthday this week, as she turns 87-years-young.


Since 2009, Milly has been connecting generations with my preschoolers.  I get to stand back and watch love and happiness ignite into hugs and smiles, from both the children and Milly.  She plays Bingo and Go Fish, sings and reads stories.  Children like her walker and like to watch her sew.  A needle and thread weaving in and out of fabric is fascinating.  It’s quite remarkable and very genuine.

When Milly began her visits to my classroom, I had looked far and wide for a master quilter.  Children were bursting with ideas about peace- not the typical ideas, their ideas.  Why not turn those into a quilt? We did!  It is even my blog photo.  Since then, Milly has made other quilts with the children, and is finishing one that has been two years in the making.

The incredible journey of her quilts began with Gloria, who has a Peace Quilt of her own.  Gloria is Milly’s best friend, and does more for teaching children about kindness and peace than any other person.  After all, even though she may not look pretty, and likes to wear black all the time, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.  The children know that and befriend Gloria (who goes home most every weekend with a child).

Thank you, Gloria, for being you, and for sharing your Peace Quilt.  Thank you, Milly, for being you, and for sharing your amazing quilting and your big heart with the children.  Happy Birthday!


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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38 Responses to Happy Birthday, Milly

  1. Deep joy reading this!

  2. Beautiful woman! Beautiful post! Belated Happy Birthday to Milly! 😄

  3. Still hand quilting at 87!!!!! Wow. And she still loves being around children too! I’m all for celebrating that. Pass on the hugs and good wishes.

  4. mopana says:

    Happy Birthday to Milly!

  5. Mike says:

    Yay, Milly! Keep on going!

  6. Makes me want to cuddle up with Gloria, Milly & that Peace Quilt…Happy Birthday to Milly!

  7. beetleypete says:

    What a grand old lady. Wonderful to see her sharing her skills and experiences with those tiny children. Great to see them appreciating old age, and Gloria’s diversity too.
    Uplifting, in unstable times.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Jennie says:

      She is, indeed. The children adore her. Win-win all the way around. Gloria is such a staple in the classroom. She’s the most natural way to bring diversity, everyday. Uplifting for sure! Best to you, Pete!

  8. Norah says:

    Happy birthday, Milly! What a wonderful achievement, bringing hugs, love, and peace into children’s lives and hearts. I remember reading about Milly and her (and your) quilts, and your friend Gloria, before. It’s lovely to be reminded.

  9. Looks like a fun celebration for all. Happy Birthday to Millie. Cute card from the Aqua Roomers 😀

  10. srbottch says:

    Happy Birthday, Millie. Thank you for sharing your time and kindness with the children.

  11. reocochran says:

    Happy birthday, dear Milly! 🎂
    I am so tickled how you tell this story about Milly and the awesome impact she has made upon your students, Jennie. 🙂 xo

  12. ren says:

    How precious! Happy Birthday Milly.
    Your blog photo is the quilt? You mean, your header image? That is a quilt? WOW! Fantastic!

  13. Happy Birthday to Milly, she sounds amazing!

  14. Reblogging to sister site “Timeless Wisdoms”

  15. Pingback: Happy Birthday, Milly – Timeless Wisdoms

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