Today is my birthday...Number thirty-five. It's funny the love-hate relationship we have with age. The wisdom that comes with age is a wonderful gift. I feel I know so much more about myself, others and the world around me and at large than I did at twenty-five. Thirty-five feels good! Those fine lines around the eyes and mouth, and the realization the bones will be losing their density and a multitude of other physical changes already happening to a body at the age of thirty-five, these are things to be reckoned with. Not young. Not old. I like this in between place and wouldn't mind lingering in the mid-thirties longer! Having my birthday at the end of the year gives me even more pause for reflection and thought. This year has been an up and down mix. A great many bright memories stand out in my memory of this year, as do a very few sad and difficult moments. And one is only thirty-five but once. Today I have a day to celebrate with Dear Husband and Charlie. I thank my wonderful parents for bringing me into this beautiful world, and I'm so glad to have my sweet sister who is also my friend, and all my family everywhere. I am thankful for a circle of friends, including all of you here, who inspire me, make me laugh, smile and think. Chocolate cake and champagne to have later today can also be added to the gratitude list! hehehe...No, I won't count wrinkles, lines or bone density...not today anyway. Today I count blessings, and they are many.
So cut your cake, and say,
"Instead of counting birthdays,
I count blessings every day!"