Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Birthdays come but once a Year...THANK GOODNESS!!!




I should clarify...I am really not that opposed to Birthdays...YES it means we are a year older, ...YES you can more easily hear the sands of time pouring through the hour glass,... YES we can hear the bones creak 'Over' the sands of time spilling... YES we find stray hairs in the oddest of places,... YES we say "What" more often ...YES the subjects of 'aches, pains and infirmities' are starting to replace the 'Oddest place you have had Sex ' topic at cocktail Parties... YES cocktail Parties are now Wine, Snacks and Sweats gatherings... YES names elude more often but "What's his face" is perfectly acceptable if you pick the right crowd to hang with....and between 6 people...YOU WILL get the name... YES it is now acceptable to 'Share a Brain' with your mate (as long as you are informed ahead of time whose day it is.) ...YES the twinge of excitement has at last replaced the overwhelming urge the 'Strangle Youth' when asked if you want the 'Senior Discount' when out at a restaurant or movie ...YES you can't do many of the things you did in your more youthful days, but they are joyously replaced with a resounding "WHO CARES" ...and you mean it!!
It is 2010... 'Gray is the New Blond' "It is finally Hip to wear Glasses' 'Size 14 is the REAL Norm and they are at last admitting it' "We've seen things others have not, experienced events others only read about and have a wisdom that is ONLY gained with age...
I do embrace all of my 59 years ...and Thank the Birthday Gods of allowing me this many and the clear memories of all those I have shared my years with ... There are days when being a certain age are not pretty, not comfortable, not as popular ...but there are other days when I would not like to be any other age than what I am...and most days age is nothing more than a number jotted down on paper.... One of my very favorite quotes of all times was by the late great baseball player Satchel Page....and I quote " If you didn't know how old you were...how old would you be"?? To me...that speaks volumes on how a person should live their life...



On a personal note.... I found two of my favorite pictures ....and wanted to share. The top picture was of my father and Me on my first Birthday...I was not unhappy ..just tired....you see my Dad was a musician and often did not get home until 2:00AM ...he made my Mom promise not to have my first Birthday Cake without him...so they got me up at 2:00 to celebrate...he was Thrilled as you can tell, I was on the other hand, confused! And do you know that to this day...I wake up at 2:00 am each morning...I kid you not...it may be for just a few seconds... but I do come awake ....hell on the rem stage but I would not trade it for anything.
So at 25 years of age I wanted to recreate the setting ...shy of 2:00am (and my dad shy a few fingers) I donned my grownup footed jammies, hopped up on the table and posed a little more alert while Richard popped the picture. We giggled and cried and enjoyed the moment... Great Birthday Memories.

19 comments:

Glenda said...

Yes, yes, yes!! Go girl!!
I loved that point in life that I call the 'je ne regrette rien' moment, when I found that I love it all, even the embarrassing bits that used to haunt me.
Glenda

rosanna said...

happy birthday !!!! your pics are wonderful ! Your post made me think of a book by Virginia Ironside "No! I don't want to join a bookclub". the Italian title is "I've no more the age, thank goodness!" it's very funny and tals about a 60 years old girl who had a fuul life and enjoied every it of it. And now she wants to live her 60es with the same intensity without trying to look or act as a younger one. You remind me a bit of her. Best wishes Jody, have great fun at your birthday party! Hugs Rosanna

Healing Woman said...

This was an absolutely beautiful post and wonderful way to embrace your birthday. I don't even know you, except for recently becoming a follower of your post through OWOH and I must tell you...I really like your style! (work and words)

Best,
Chery~healingwoman

Ara said...

Great story and great pictures!! Happy Birthday!! hugs, ara

julie campbell said...

Have a wonderful birthday Jodi, those pics are just gorgeous LOL love those grown up jammies !!!
enjoy every second of your day,
julie xxx

Tallulah Belle said...

Happy birthday......it is good that you know who you are and who you want to be.

Love the pics...esp the 2nd one :-)

Christel Hutson said...

Happy Birthday Jodi, yes, celebrate all that you are, and all that it took to get there! I am 48, have lived 31 crazy, fun, miserable, delightful, sad, happy, years with the same man, along the way we brought 5 lives into the world, somedays I would have liked to take them out..lol, and then 6 young grandchildren! I look at it this way, until a person has walked in my shoes, they need not judge me, because It doesn't matter what they think, I earned every wrinkle, every cottage cheese dimple, erery bitchy moment, and then some!! I love my life, it is far from perfect, but then again, whats perfect?..I think it must be JOY! Here's hoping your day is filled with perfection! xoxox Christel

Oops! Desperate Blogger~ said...

Happy Birthday Dear Jodi!
Don't forget to eat cake!
What wonderful pics these are, and the fact that you recreated that moment is just priceless in my eyes.
Hope your day is/has been wonderful....just like you.
XO
Oops

LDahl said...

Bless you bless you! I was having a senior day and it was upsetting me. In pain and feeling the tick tock of the clock today..... now I feel better, 'sides. you're a year older than me NAyah! heheh! Have an awesome birthday and I hope you have many more!

Tumbleweed Trails said...

Happy Happy Birthday. Loved the story and the photos..and I still love footed pj's. ONe can never be to old for footed pj's.
Jody

Kate said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, dear friend. Great post, great pics. You haven't changed a bit! It's a good thing we never have more than six at our get- togethers! Ha!

Debbie said...

Wonderful Memories thanks for sharing the pictures with us Jodi. I hope your having a wonderful Birthday..xxxx

Marie S said...

Happy Birthday Jodi!!
May you have many many more.
And by the way... "you look fabulous dahling"
May you be blessed with everything you could ever want and more than you can even imagine.

GingerR11 said...

Loved you pictures. Loved, loved. I also look at each birthday with "You have two choices. Get a year older, or be dead." Frankly, I prefer the former!

Odddollz by Jacqui said...

Happy Happy Birthday dear Jodi:)
You are so right and although times marches on without one once of sympathy it brings us to a wonderful place that all the beauty of youth can not compare to.
Too bad we can't have our cake and eat it too!! LOL
Your pictures are warm and full of love and I enjoyed seeing them:) Wonderful memories:)

I do hope you enjoy YOUR day may you have many many more!! The world is a better place with you in it:)

HUGZ AND KISSES
Jacqui

joanna said...

DiTTo on ALL, wonderful stories and quotes, love the pictures, they are priceless...

WiSHiNG YOU ...

a BeLATeD ...

but, HeARTFeLT ...

*=====> HaPpY BiRTHDaY!!!<===*

Last year right before my 58th BiRTHDaY, i was reflecting and since my husband turned 61, for some reason, i thought i was going to be celebrating my 59th...

The day before the day...

I realized that i was only going to be 58 years old! LOL! I surprised myself...

I guess i had a bad year... *G*

CeLEBRaTe ALL year LONG!!!

{{{{{{{JODi}}}}}}}}}

~joanna

Designs By CK said...

Happy belated birthday Jodi!

Hope your special day was GREAT!!!

XOXO

CK (-:

Debby said...

This is such a great post!

BLAh!!! they seem to come and go too quickly. Wishing you a year full of celebrating.
debby

Peach Blossom Hill said...

Too cute!

Jody