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Birthdays Come and Go…

I just want to write a short note about what a great 55th birthday I had last week!

First, I must confess that every year for as long as I can remember, I play the same mind game with myself.

It starts in the mornings when I say to myself, “I have 6 more hours to be ___.”  And the countdown begins.  I was born at 1:09 p.m. so I always allow myself those few hours until I actually believe I’m my real age.  I picture my mother in labor.  I picture her going to the hospital.  I picture her waiting on me to be born, not knowing if I’m the girl she’s been wanting or the third boy.  Mom said she had three miscarriages before she got me, so I’ve always felt kind of special.  Haha.  Or weird, one. 

 I will glance at the clock off and on waiting for 1:09.  This particular year, it rained like heck.  Mrs. Jia said it’s lucky when it rains on your birthday and I choose to believe her.  So I held off going to lunch because of the rain but finally needed a ciggy so about 12:50 I went for a drive down the road and watched the clock until it got to 1:09.  I will shout, “___ years ago I was born at this very minute!” 

 Then I spend a few minutes hoping my mom and dad and two brothers were really happy to have me land in their world.  I think how fortunate I was to be born to such a wonderful family.  I think about my mom being happy to finally get that little girl!

Then I get over myself and become my real age and life goes on and I don’t think about it anymore.  LOL  Uh, like REALITY sinks in or something. 

 My brother and Sil came over after work to celebrate with us.  Even though it fell on a Thursday, that did not stop us from celebrating with a few cups of cheer.  I left work at 3:00 so I had a head start. 

My dear Tim picked up KING CRAB LEGS and scallops.  Two of my favorite foods!!!   Bro and Sil hung around for about two hours.  They both gave me funny, musical cards and perfume and candy.  Tim is trying to teach me to play the guitar so we played a little at that while Dana did his harmonica and I had to keep sucking the ends of my fingers because they hurt so bad from holding down strings.  I can’t wait for calluses on the tips!

 After they left, we had a few more drinks and then fixed the seafood and stood at the counter dipping huge chunks of crab into melted, salty butter and stuffing it into our faces and making delightful ‘orking’ sounds.  Think WHALES, haha.  It was the perfect end to a perfect day.

 I’m glad I’m 55, I guess.  You could say I’m the old speed limit now.  Or, as Dana says, DOUBLE NICKLES.

 Thanks guys, for helping me celebrate another year.

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