My Daughter “On Family & Friends”

The little girl who insisted on wearing her red stockings 37 years ago — thereby inspiring “a Canadian classic” — celebrated her 40th birthday this month. Her brother and his wife hosted a party in her honour.

Among the guests were women Kelly has been friends with since high school (and some even longer), her dad and his wife, her stepdad, her stepsister’s family, and two of her stepdad’s cousins who came from Winnipeg. (I was there too.)

The guests mingled well. The food was great. Kelly’s teenage nephew kept his 5-year-old cousin occupied in game after game and Kelly was free to engage in the many lively conversations taking place. Matt and his wife made hosting the party look effortless.

The girl from Red is best at her 40th birthday party

In one of the classiest Thank You notes I’ve ever seen, addressing the hosts of her party and the guests, my daughter wrote, “I am beyond grateful to have family I would choose as friends, and friends I can depend on like family.”

Kelly, I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say we are beyond grateful to have you to celebrate!

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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

Kathy Stinson


  1. Janet Barclay on March 13, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    That is indeed a very heartwarming thank-you note. I’m sure it brought tears to quite a few eyes!

  2. Kathy Stinson on March 13, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Thank you, Janet. Kelly has a way of doing that! 🙂

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