The time is drawing near for my 61st birthday. It is on the 9th of this month. Often at this yearly juncture, I am amazed again at how fast the time seems to go by in our lives. The strange thing is this; a minute, an hour, a day has always been the same amount of time. So I don't know where on earth we humans get this idea that time 'just flies by' or 'drags along'.
The other thing that comes to my mind is the fact that if I am just conversing with myself I think that I am the same in appearance as I was in my thirties. But then all I have to do is talk to one particular friend and she has me feeling as though I am in a wheelchair, half demented, and blind as a bat. Hey, don't you know that if you want to have a critique of any kind done the best person to ask is your 'best friend'. It is very strange the way they always seem to preface every thing they say with "you do know I love you; right?" Then they always end the conversation with something to this effect. "You know I love you and I only point things out to help you feel better about yourself in the long run." By the time she is gone, I am convinced I have an over sized crooked nose, a strange set of legs and horror of horrors far too much behind me.
But I do have a gentleman in my life who tells me that I am beautiful; albeit, at the oddest moments. For instance, when I have just woken tousle haired from sleep or I have spinach all between my teeth or I have a cold complete with a very huge red nose similar to Rudolph's. Gosh I truly am glad 'that beauty is in the eye of the beholder' and that the man with rose colored glasses is doing the beholding.
However, I try to comfort myself with the idea that I am wiser now. Truth be told, I am not all that wiser. It is just that generally speaking I try not to make too many mistakes in front of others these days. There are still a lot of people in the world that think that life is pretty well over by 55 but I notice that most of them are under 30. What I say is; "just you wait, at my age you won't be ready for the glue factory either". Besides there are an awful lot of us out there and baby boomers although not that young now are still very young at heart.
So I will get myself a cupcake, put a single candle on it, and hopefully blow it out when I make this years wish. What is my wish? Didn't tell anyone what they were when I was young and they generally came true so I am not going to break a habit of a lifetime now.
So...HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!
December 3, 2008
Posted by R. D. Shultz at 7:54 AM