Random Thoughts on My Birthday

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I turned 52 years old today. I couldn’t settle into any one thought, so I decided to share some random thoughts from my day:

  1. Birthdays are funny when you’re older. Somehow I tend to round up about halfway through the year anyway, so I’ve been saying I’m 52 for months now. I’m always surprised when my birthday arrives and I realize I’m staying the same age I’d already been thinking I was. Pretty anti-climactic.
  2. After reading Billy Collins’ poem Cheerios, I opted to search through some February 5th trivia. How is it that I’ve never done this before? Here are some “interesting” facts that I culled from a site called PopCultureMadness:“February 5th is “Weatherperson’s Day, named after the birthday (Feb 5, 1744) of early US weatherman, John Jeffries.” Perhaps this explains my obsession with storm watching and potential snow days?
    “1958 – A hydrogen bomb, known as the Tybee Bomb, was lost by the US Air Force off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, and was never found.” What!?!
  3. I wish I’d appreciated my skin more when I was younger.
  4. When I was young, I never believed I’d live to be older than 17. Weird, right?
  5. I bumped into this poem today and loved it. I’m clearly in the profit zone!
    After the Gentle Poet Kobayashi Issa
    By Robert Haas
    Fiftieth birthday:
       From now on,
    It’s all clear profit,
       every sky.
    (click here to read the entire poem)

  6. I have the best team! My co-workers, knowing that I generally avoid baked goods and high fat products, celebrated my birthday with a boule of bread and Maine wild blueberry jam! Yum!
  7. My sister’s birthday is on February 2nd, which is Groundhog’s Day (definitely way more fun than Weatherperson’s Day!) When I was young, I just couldn’t stand to watch her celebrate and then have to wait three more days to open my birthday presents. In addition to being a greedy little thing, I must have been a total pain in the rear, because my parents let me open one present on her birthday every year. I cringe a bit every time I remember this. Sorry, Beth!
  8. I suggested gelato for dinner tonight. My husband thought we should eat food before that. Sigh. I’m still not sure how we’ve made it through almost 30 years of marriage.
  9. Nothing starts the day better than a beautiful sunrise. Today’s looked like this:birthday sunrise.jpg
  10.  I am one lucky, lucky lady in countless ways. Feeling grateful!