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Happy Birthday to Me

Saturday, July 21, 2012

I usually don't make a big fuss over my birthday, but this is a landmark: in everyone's reckoning I am now officially OLD (bona fide senior citizen). In honor of the day, I'd like to share a birthday peom written by Garrison Keillor and adapted for my specifics.

by Garrison Keillor (2007)

It was a birthday I had dreaded for months,
The threshold to Ancient and Historic,
Brooding over how I was so young once
And never would be again.
And then came the day itself, so very ordinary,
Quiet, dappled with sun, delightful
One fine plain day on our excellent desert
And the ordinariness was its great gift.
Nothing happened. Coffee, Fried eggs. Turkey sausage.
A hot shower, the ordinary stuff of happiness,
To which I hope every morning to awaken
Until one day I don't, which is not for me to guess.
You turn thirty, forth, fifty, and then (O my God) sixty-five,
And it's all the same: to be simply, deliciously alive.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TERRACOTTAGE 7/24/2014 7:58AM

    Wishing you a happy birthday... and many many more! emoticon emoticon

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ANDYLIN90 7/26/2012 12:43AM

    Happy Birthday from one who hit the officially elderly mark several years ago...the other side of 65 isn't bad. Loved the poem.

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BRAVEONE92 7/23/2012 10:20PM

    emoticon Dear Carol! I really hope
that you enjoyed your special day. I enjoyed
reading the poem, it was really fitting. I felt
well @ 65 and enjoyed some great years.
Wishing you good health, joy & happiness! emoticon emoticon

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DRUIDPRINCESS 7/22/2012 9:51PM

    Wishing you a happy birthday... and many many more happy birthdays!!!

Love and hugs to you!!!!
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TEXASFILLY 7/22/2012 2:00AM

    Love it! Happy, Happy Birthday, dear heart! *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEEJON123 7/22/2012 1:48AM

    My b-day is on the 28th, I try every year to forget it has arrived, however so many people keep reminding me, and i THOUGHT THEY LOVE ME!!

Have a wonderful day, what's in an age (I guess) anyway, just a number (so they say)
LOL .............


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2ABBYNORMAL 7/22/2012 12:56AM

    Beautiful poem.
But you're still young.
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EVIE4NOW 7/22/2012 12:01AM

  naaah..65 isn't old if you're a tree :)

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