6.13.2010

happy birthday to me

I have been alive on this planet 49 years today.

Yes, the clock is ticking to 50, and you know what? I don't care! I am here, alive and kicking.

My oldest nephew, born on my birthday, turns 29 today, and in a few weeks my mother turns 79. So next year is a biggie for several in my family! My mom, who also has a great attitude about aging, was saying, "I can't believe I'm going to be 80. How did that happen?" I feel the same way. It's completely mind-boggling, how fast the time goes.

As Dharma Seeker said on Facebook, I have so much to celebrate since my last birthday. Cody is still with us, and cancer free. We are Canadian citizens. I've begun steps towards a new career. Plus the usual wonders: the love and friendship in my life, reasonably good health, a happy life. I have the usual complaints, but today is not a day for complaints.

Today is not a day for anything! I'm taking the day off, staying at home with my pups, Charles Dickens, and a big pile of presents from my own true love.

Tomorrow: wolf puppies! More soon on that.

24 comments:

M@ said...

Happy birthday, and I hope you enjoy your day!

johngoldfine said...

Nice to have a birthday so far north and so close to the summer solstice--if the weather is good, you get to be outside with a drink or whatever and to watch the slow slow fading of light and coming of the stars, the universe celebrating along with you.

Others of us were born a few days before the winter solstice and sort of have the reverse experience.

:(

50 and a Canadian and the Sox not doing so awfully badly!

L-girl said...

It is really nice to have a birthday in mid-June. I never realized that when I was a kid (in high school I always had a final on my birthday, then would go out and party), but I appreciate it now.

Psst: 49. Don't rush me.

Amy said...

Happy birthday! My mother turns 80 this October. My dad will be 84. It amazes me that they are that old when I still feel young and they still seem fairly young as well. My mother says that she has no problem with the idea of becoming a great-grandmother, but the idea that her daughter will be a grandmother freaks her out!

I think my 50s have been one of my favorite decades so far, so there is lots of reasons to be joyful as we all look forward.

My birthday is in August, and as a kid I felt sort of ripped off---no cupcakes at school, everyone was away over my birthday, etc. As I got older, I loved it---I was always NOT in school, I could go away, and especially since I started teaching, I have never had to work on my birthday! And summer is my favorite season, so it all is good.

Have a great day, and I hope the weather is better there than here in New England. I wonder if the Sox will get the game in today in honor of your birthday.

deang said...

Happy birthday!

L-girl said...

Thanks, all. :)

It is overcast and gray here, and most people would consider it cold for June. But as long as it's not raining, I'm good. Just threw a flannel shirt over my t-shirt and I'm happy.

Kim_in_TO said...

Yay! Happy Birthday!

I'm catching up to you in August, so let's celebrate sometime during the summer.

Northern Girl said...

Many happy returns, L-girl.

Age is just a made up number anyway. As long as you are healthy and take care of yourself you can age slower than your "biological" years.

Have a fun day.

L-girl said...

Thanks, NG. That requires a fair bit of luck, too. I hope we all have it for as long as possible!

L-girl said...

Kim, yes, absolutely!

CK said...

Happy Birthday and all the best in the upcoming year

johngoldfine said...

Aw, l-girl, I thought you knew: 49 is the new 50! Or Canada is one of those places where newborns are called one year olds (it's that way with horses!)

Or almost any explanation other than poor jgf reading skills....

L-girl said...

Ha ha ha, I'm sure it's my own fault, confusingly bringing up 50 in a post about 49.

There's just something about turning 49 that turns my thoughts to 50! Could it be that I vowed to celebrate my 50th birthday by jumping out of an airplane???

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Happy Birthday Laura. You are three months and one day older than me! You have a great outlook to the day. We should try to appreciate every day that way.

L-girl said...

Thank you Mrs G and CK! Much appreciated.

dveej said...

Happy Birthday!
...and allow me to recommend, if you haven't already read it, Dickens'
American Notes. Fun!

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/675

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L-girl said...

Why thank you! I must read that one day. Right now I'm in the middle of Little Dorrit. I LOVE it.

L-girl said...

Enough Dickens, here comes Xena! And even better, Gabrielle! Yeeha.

impudent strumpet said...

Happy birthday!

Amy said...

Hey, Laura, I thought of you tonight---we went to see a play by Howard Zinn, directed by his son Jeff. Daughter of Venus. Great idea for a play, though I found the final scene a bit abrupt and undeveloped. But anyway, I thought of you!

nick said...

Happy Birthday, you Canadian citizen, you!

I really must get into Xena, only saw a few episodes back in the day, but I thoroughly enjoyed them. I've been working my way through Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 1/2 way through season 4. Only 4 more seasons and how many of Angel? ahhgh.

My birthday is in early September, so back-to-school was often my birthday "treat". Hooray, happy birthday, no more summer for you!

geek guy said...

happy birthday!!.

L-girl said...

Thank you for the good wishes, everyone. :)

Amy, thanks for thinking of me, I'm proud to be associated with Howard Zinn in your mind.

Nick, you must be the 10th person who told me they are working they're way through the Buffy TVS series. Enjoy!

Scott M. said...

Happy 1st Birthday, my fellow Canadian!