Friday, June 01, 2007

That time of year again

Well, it is that time of year again - my birthday. It has finally hit home with me that it is next week and I turn yet another year older. While I will admit to being an older Mama, I may or may not tell you just how old I'll be after Thursday (don't give it away if you know) -- depending on my mood. I will confess to being old enough to remember Laugh In, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Pettycoat Junction and plenty of Disco!

The funny thing about me and birthdays is that I usually ignore them up until the very last second as if I don't even want to deal... but then I'll get upset if at least my closest family doesn't make a bit of a big deal. What that says about me -- other than that I'm not overly comfortable with growing old but do like cake, presents and attention-- I don't know.

So as I began to face the reality of yet another birthday, I began thinking about what I'd really like for this year's momentous occasion (other than it being on a weekend for a change)... and here's what I've been thinking would be magnificent:

  • A trip to Brooklyn for a long weekend of beer and bonding with my little bro (of course it is nowhere in the newly discovered budget so that is probably a big NO GO),
  • A tattoo (I'm really wanting one lately as I see all the newly uncovered skin with above 80 degree temps) - but what? and where (on my person that is)?
  • A book about digital photography (so I can teach myself all the tricks of the trade and maybe just maybe finally feel close to fully competent),
  • A sewing machine (newer than what I've got and with good solid tension) so that I can continue my fantasy of putting my photos on fabric patches on shirts along with a bunch of other projects.

Do I expect any of these things? No not really. Would I be thrilled if any of them came to me this year - yup I would. Would I also be happy with a few hand made cards and thoughtful gifts from the wee ones in my life and a surprise and some alone time with the hubby (maybe dinner and a good movie or some kayaking or a long drive in the county with wine and a picnic)... why yes I would. Happy Birthday to me. One sobering and yet positive way to look at birthdays as we get older is the following... 1) There's just about always someone older than you, and 2) If you aren't getting older, you are dead.


And just so you don't think I'm entirely morbid, it might help if you knew there's been a lot of talk about death around these parts of late. One of the preschool goldfish died recently and I try to talk with the kids about my father who died when the girl was still in the womb.

So today, the girl wanted to know when I was going to die. I told her no one really knows but I would be trying for about 90 years old if that was alright with her. She said "O.K." and "I'll love you even when you're dead." Thanks girlie... it is good to be loved (anytime).

7 comments:

  1. Ah what a sweet girl.

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  2. "Courtship of Eddie's Father " was my absolute favorite! Why don'y they play that on TVLand?

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!!

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  3. Happy Birthday!!! I think you could WRITE a book on digital photography... but then, you know I'm a fan of your work.

    I'm very curious about your photos to fabric project.

    When might you two busy parents be available for another back yard Popsicle extravaganza?

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  4. Anonymous6/02/2007

    HEY CUZ

    I WANT TO WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND YES YOUR RIGHT THERE IS ALWAYS SOMEONE OLDER NAMELY ME I AM LOOKING AT 2 1/2 YRS AND I WILL BE 50!!
    JOYCE SAID SHE WOULD STILL LOVE ME ANYWAYS EVEN IF I AM ALMOST AS OLD AS HER GRANDMA GRUMBLES LOL BY THE WAY I HAVE MOM'S SINGER SEWING MACHINE WHICH IS SUPPOSE TO DO SOME REALLY COOL STUFF I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT SEWING MACHINES BUT IF YOUR INTERESTED I AM MORE THEN WILLING TO PART WITH IT TO A FAMILY MEMEBER WE JUST HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET IT TO YOU!!

    I LOVE YOU BIG TIME AND GIVE THE REST OF THE FAMILY HUGS FOR ME!!

    YOUR CUZ
    JAME'

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  5. A) If anyone ever finds any episodes of "Courtship of Eddie's Father" anywhere, please let me know!

    B) We would love another backyard popsicle extravaganza with Little Elvis Girl and Little Elvis' Girlfriend! and Shooey too.

    C) My cousin is the COOLEST!

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  6. My birthday always needs to be on a weekend because right about now (2 days before it), I get grouchy and frustrated about having to work, hubby having to work, there not being plans etc. and wish at least it was on a weekend so that I'd know we'd be able to do what we wanted. I kinda hate birthdays .... they make me want to buy myself stuff.

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  7. If anyone would like, I'll be happy to rat Sue out with exactly how old she is...exactly 2 months and one week older than me!

    I agree it stinks having to work on your b-day. The school year here keeps backing up, so now my kids are back in school just a day or two before mine. I feel a moral obligation for all those kids with August 14th birthdays to protect them from the insanity of being back in school in the middle of the summer! But do the boards of education listen to me? No!

    Anyhoo...I have one glass-worth of wine left in my fridge. I shall save it for Thursday and (when I get home from work) will pour it, face the northwest and wish you a very happy birthday!

    Good to have known you these, what, 34-some years!

    Cathy

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