Thursday, March 22, 2012

At 55 He's Finally Lost The Suit

To: Abbottsville Fourth Ward
From: Donna Banta
Subject: Mark's Annual Birthday Post!

For as far back as he can remember, my husband, Mark, had to wear the suit on Sunday.

November 1959

At 19 he served an LDS mission, and sweated it out in the Indonesian jungle in both the suit and the Mormon temple garments. 

Mark is second from the left

Then he came home, got married, and got a couple of college degrees. Then he got a job. Pretty soon he was wearing the suit plus the garments every day of the week, and for 3+ hours on Sunday. He told himself he was happy. But it was all a lie.

See how he's dying inside?

Eventually he quit going to church. He claimed he quit going because he no longer believed and was opposed to the Mormon leadership's stand on social issues.

But I blame the suit. Also the Mormon underwear.

The reason I blame the suit and the underwear is because last week when I invited him to write the Fantasy Friday post over on White and Delightsome, this is what he came up with:

Scene: Brother Banta is watching a ball game in his boxer shorts and drinking a Steel Reserve. The phone rings, and the bishop’s name appears on the caller ID. Brother Banta puts down his ghetto beer, picks up the receiver, hollers — “NO” – then hangs up. He takes another swig of Steel Reserve.

So what do you think he'll wear for his birthday dinner tonight? His boxer shorts?

Or maybe his birthday suit?


Since we're going to a restaurant, let's hope it's his blue jeans.

Happy birthday honey!


  1. Happy birthday Mark! Wear lightweight and breathable clothing to you heart's content.

  2. Mark is obviously a great guy. I will crack open a cold one in his honor this evening. I hope he gets down to his boxers after you get home.

  3. Aw, happy birthday to Mark!

    Also Donna--that is some epic hair you have going on in the family pic. :D

  4. Thanks Ahab and Jono. We will toast you both. Then we will toast comfortable underwear.

    @Diana, it is epic! We were living in TX at the time. Maybe that's why. :)

  5. Happy birthday, Mark!! Enjoy your day in whatever underwear you choose (or choose not) to wear!

  6. Thanks for all the birthday wishes. I don't know where Donna gets those pictures, but the nude guy is not me! We will drink to all our friends this evening.

  7. Oh man, Happy Belated Birthday Mark! And I totally get your aversion to the underwear! I wanna be that man overlooking the ocean someday.

    Yes Donna, that is one classic hairstyle. I'm sure I had something similar once ...

  8. Happy Birthday Mark!!!

    So cool -- by coincidence, we're celebrating my sweetie's birthday tonight as well. (Actually, I should, like, get off the Internet and go celebrate with him....)

    Donna -- your book is really a hoot, and I can't wait to recommend it!!!! As soon as I get two free seconds to rub together. ;)

    Off to the birthday celebration!!

  9. Thanks CD!

    And thanks Carol for reading my book (and blog.) Have a great celebration!