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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Me and the Big 55

Well, I wasn't going to mention it. Had planned to pretend it was just another day. But now it's after midnight, so it's officially April 21st. Everyone in the house is tucked into bed, except me. I took a nap earlier this evening because I didn't feel well. Nothing wrong in particular, just a general malaise and swimmy head. I think it's spring fever, but hubby says I'm depressed because it's my birthday.

Cousin Vondie and I are exactly the same age, give or take four months. The other day, we were joking about being considered senior citizens and being able to get a discount at restaurants. But I don't feel like I should be there just yet. I'm still here, where I've always been inside my head. Sixteen seems like just yesterday and I have to wonder, what have I been doing all these years?

Oh, who are these pictures? These are me and Vondie, at two different stages of childhood. Boy, will she be surprised when she sees these. I'm always the one holding the dog or cat. In nearly every picture of me as a child, I'm holding a dog, cat, or chicken.

Anyway, I've now been here 55 years and I can't be depressed about that. I'm thankful and privileged to have lived my life to this point with no major illness or accidents. I've been blessed with the people I love. I've been lucky to have the chance to pursue my dreams. And in the end, I'm still here, plugging away and I hope to continue for a long time to come. God willing and the creek don't rise.

For some reason, I turn nostalgic every April 21st. But tomorrow, I'll look to the future again. It's springtime and promise is in the air. Anything is possible.



  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEVON! Love the pictures, and your attitude. You are a wonder, and every day you're a gift to the rest of us.

  2. Thank you, Magdalena! Wow. That's about the best thing anyone has said to me in a long time!

  3. Well, just because I'm the first one to say it here on your blog today doesn't mean other people aren't thinking it all the time. (Of course I'm tickled to get to say it first.)

  4. HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! All birthdays should be celebrated, no matter what age. Go make yourself a rich, decadent chocolate cake too, and maybe sip a Bailey's to wash it down. Don't be depressed. The fact that you have made it this far without any major health issues is something to be celebrated. Apparently you've ignored the friends who have previously told you to eat fattening food and get drunk.
    Ha Ha. Happy Birthday Devon!

  5. Hi Jennifer! Thanks for the birthday wishes! I had a pretty good day. It was relaxing. You mentioned chocolate cake and fattening foods, well, my son brought me the biggest box of chocolates I've seen in quite a while, and it was the good stuff. That boy knows what ole mom likes. ;o)


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