Sunday, October 27, 2013

Age is Just a Number

From Sunday Stealing

A birthday meme (though my birthday has already come and gone this year)

1. As you get older, are you jazzed about your birthday?

A. This year I turned 50, and that's a big one as far as birthday's go. I was not jazzed so much as miserable. I don't like to think of myself as old. However, age is just a number. But generally I am jazzed; last year was an anomaly.
  
2. Do people usually remember your birthday?

A. My husband, my brother, and one of my close friends all have birthdays that are in the same month as mine, and so we all remember our respective birthdays easily. My other close friends generally remember, too, and I remember theirs.

3. An ex-coworker used to begin 3 mos. before her birthday flat-out reminding us that it was coming up. It's amazing what no self-esteem does for you. Anyway, do you know anyone who pre-announces their birthdays?

A. I do not "flat out" remind people of my birthday although this year I think I talked about turning 50 a lot more than I ever have talked about birthdays, because I was kind of scared of the number. So except for myself when I hit that big 5-0, I guess the answer to this question is no. 
 
4. What was your best birthday? Why?

A. This last birthday was pretty good. I turned 50 and my husband threw me a surprise party. I'd never had a surprise party before.
 
5. What was your worst birthday? Why?

A. Probably my 38th birthday, because that was my first birthday after my mother passed away.
  
6. Name your best birthday gift.

A. My husband gave me a Nook a couple of years ago, which was a nice gift, but the surprise party he threw me this year, and all of the people who took the time to show up in the middle of the day on a Saturday, tops everything. I mean, the gift of LOVE is absolutely the best. There is no material present that can ever top that.
  
7. Name the best birthday gift you've gotten for someone else.



 
A. I bought my husband a red leather captain's helmet for his 50th birthday, and I threw him a little party at his station because he had to work that day. At the time he was a captain with the fire department (and 6 months later he was promoted to battalion chief, so he didn't get to wear the red hat very long as battalion chiefs wear white). If you are a fireman the special leather helmets (as opposed to the department-issued helmets) are big deal things. They are also expensive.
  
8. As I age, I value SLEEP as a priceless commodity. I didn't get any for my birthday, however. What do you want this year for your birthday?

A. Well, for my 51st birthday, which is 8 months away, I want to be healthy and stay that way. I was healthy on the day of my 50th birthday but 20 days later I had my gallbladder removed and I have been sick ever since. So I value HEALTH as a priceless commodity and am hopeful for that. Having good health well before next year - like by Thanksgiving - would be great, though. I've been sick for four months and that's plenty long.

11 comments:

  1. I agree about health being a hot commodity! I hope you are healthy by 51. I've never had a surprise birthday party either and have always wanted one. Lucky you! :D

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  2. #3. Totally know someone who ALWAYS, for years, would pre-announce her birthday. The result? After a number of years I finally quit sending a card, or gift OR even telling her happy birthday because I don't like people who beg for attention. She STILL pre-announces her birthday.

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  3. Turning 50 is an interesting one, isn't it? I turned 50 this year, too--and I found it strangely liberating! I figure that the first 50 are all about figuring out what's important to you--not what others think should be important--and then the next 50 (or however many we're blessed with) are about making sure you appreciate those important things and building on them--and not worrying one bit about how it looks to anyone else! It's working for me so far . . . :-)

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  4. Health certainly is priceless!

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  5. I have been planning a birthday trip to Italy for my 50th birthday in a couple of years. :-) I wanna make it memorable.

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    1. PS--sorry you've been so ill! I do hope you're much better soon!

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  6. Turning 50 was a rude awakening for me. uggghhhh......... 40 was so much better

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  7. Funny how many of us are hitting 50....the end of the baby boom. I don't actually roll over the hill until next year, but I've gotten over the fear of it. 30 and 45 (yeah, I know that's weird) were killers for me. I do hope you recover fully from your surgery soon and enjoy 50 in good health.

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  8. Funny how many of us are hitting 50....the end of the baby boom. I don't actually roll over the hill until next year, but I've gotten over the fear of it. 30 and 45 (yeah, I know that's weird) were killers for me. I do hope you recover fully from your surgery soon and enjoy 50 in good health.

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  9. I've never been one to broadcast my birthday. A quiet dinner out with friends is usually more than enough for me.

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