November 19, 2009 at 2:19 pm in Family & Relationships, Spirituality by bubbles50
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BeachLady said on November 16, 2009
I can’t remember, I will be 69 in Feb. and that has been toooooo long ago, so see, it really dosen’t matter. I think the 60th made more of an impact on me, didn’t change my life, but I dreaded being that age. Now I am not looking forward to the next big one of 70, that is just 2 yrs. away from what the medical world callselderly!!! But I just try to remembe ” forget your age and live your life and forget your age, age only matters when it come to cheese!!
bubbles50 said on November 17, 2009
I agree! I have always believed that age is just a number and you are only as old as you feel. I don’t feel like I will be turning the Big “50” next month. I still feel as if I was “30” whatever that is suppose to feel like.
Baby D said on November 16, 2009
I spent my 50th with family and friends that gave me a suprise party at a bar. Karaoke, good food, good times. The theme was Born to Be Wild! Ha Ha
Sounds like you had a good time! My 50th will be this year – 3 days after Christmas. Not sure what we will be doing – most of my family will be out of town. We are thinking about a concert.
moongoddess said on November 16, 2009
I honestly can’t remember. I had a 12yr and 14yr old living at home so I was still in the PtA and A Cub Scout leader. My husband gave me the usual funny “landmark” card. He’s quite inspired at those times. I’m 2yrs older so I get to test the water first. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
msnightingale said on November 16, 2009
Happy Birthday Bubbles50. I spent my 50th with my family at a Chinese Restaraunt. Later we relaxed with the family at home. Hope yours is a terrific and blessed one. May God grant you many more.
Thank you! We are not sure what we will be doing yet. It is three days after Christmas this year. Thinking about a concert and maybe dinner before hand.
msnightingale said on November 17, 2009
That sounds nice. Sounds like you’ll have a good one. My birthday is coming up again in a few days, on the 20th..I’ll be 56. Think we may go out this time to a Buffet place, so all can eat what they like.
bubbles50 said on November 19, 2009
Happy Birthday to you as well! Enjoy your day.
Dallas Lady said on November 17, 2009
WIth my husband…….At Caneel Bay, St Johns, US Virgin Islands…………..the most beautiful place on this side of the world! Seven gorgeous beaches.
Beautiful place. What a lovely place to spend your 50th. We are not sure yet what we will be doing. I have a month to figure something out. Thanks for sharing. 😉
Tamara said on November 17, 2009
One of my dearest friends surprised me with a trip to Paris. It was spectacular!
Awesome! Very nice!!!
Pascale Titley said on November 17, 2009
I turned 50 going to a Teaching by Geshe Chongtul Rinpoche in Glastonbury, England and also being in Stonehenge, Avebury and Cornwall. It was absolutely a magical and unforgettable trip 🙂
moongoddess said on November 20, 2009
Did you go through a tour company? And helpful hints for first timers?
zblair said on November 17, 2009
Happy birthday Bubbles50!
I did not do anything elaborate for my 50th birthday because I received my bachelor’s degree 2 months before that and had a houseful of friends/party for that. My beloved did make me a glorious dinner (quail!) that we ate by candlelight though.
Merri said on November 17, 2009
From the day I turned 49, I kept hinting to my kids that I wanted a big 50th celebration. I figure they would have the whole year to plan and wouldn’t have to drop a lot of money all at once. I was excited & afraid to turn 50, so I really wanted the distraction. My birthday is on Christmas and when that big day rolled around? NOTHING! I was so depressed. Nobody even recognized that it was my 50th b-day. I felt so alone. When I finfally snapped out of it I decided that I would celebrate me from now on and if anyone wanted to join in then they are welcomed. This year I will be 53 and am thinking of having a birthday breakfast and have a few friends over……OR I may do nothing at all. My point is, at whatever age you turn, make sure you celebrate yourself. It is no accident that you are here on this earth and believe it or not it is not to make people happy.
So celebrate yourself my sisters! Be thankful that you are still here and do something exciting for this part of your life! Open a business, write a book, make jewelry, crochet,go to school, be a social site butterfly! I’m all of the above and loving every minute of it!
persimian said on November 19, 2009
Merri: My 50th birthday came and went and NOBODY bothered to wish me happy birthday. I was angry with my mother because she KNEW I wanted to celebrate my 50th birthday in Hawaii and she chose to spend it with someone else. Everyone who knew me knew that I had ALWAYS looked forward to 50 because 50 and above is the BOMB!!! After crying myself to sleep, I decided F*)*)K it!!! I’ll celebrate each and every day as if it were my last despite the inconsideratness of others. My life is mine’s – no one owns it but me and no one is responsible for it but me. Therefore, before this year is over – I will throw myself a “birthday party” and if people choose to come – so be it. If not – I will have not let this milestone year pass without celebration.
Grandma in Florida said on November 27, 2009
Thanks so much to both Merri and Persimian! My 50th (six years ago) went completely unnoticed by all and I have felt terribly forgotten ever since. Hopefully I can follow your examples and learn to celebrate myself no matter what others choose to do.
Once again thanks for sharing your experience and advice.
Linda Tate Wilson said on November 17, 2009
I have a much younger friend who wanted to help me do something special on my 50th. I told her I wanted to do something outrageous and memorable. As it turned out, there isn’t a whole lot of outrageous things to do in South Central Arkansas. 🙂 We wound up going to a once local Adult Store and looked around. We went into the adult video section and gasped and “Oh No’ed”. The poor little guy in the trench coat seemed very uncomfortable. Our giggling and laughing were not appreciated by the establishment and we were welcomed out the door. LOL I’ll always remember the day. Unfortunately, I didn’t think of anything to do that was creative and memorable on my 60th birthday last July.
Too funny. I might try that sometime.
wittyone said on November 17, 2009
My oldest daughter who was 22 at the time, got a few of my close friends together at Red Lobster. We had a great meal and fellowship. It was super. I turn 55 in December and have loved being in my 50s. Maybe it is because my daughter gave me such a wonderful start.
deb61258 said on November 18, 2009
Last year I celebrated my 50th birthday……we lived in Cedar Rapids and that is the day the Cedar River reached the highest it had ever been. We had been evacuated from our house on Wednesday and when my husband and our younges son had went back to check on the house and see where the water was….it was to the bottom of the garage windows! Our son tried to go to the house to try and save more things, the city said it would only be in our house a couple of feet, they were wrong. We have a little over 12 foot house and we had 11 feet of water according to the insurance company. We had planned a vacation to Ohio since our some was home from Iraq and we did leave shortly after they checked out the house. When in Ohio people kept asking us if we were worried, we told them we were there to enjoy the vacation and what we had in Ohio was the only things we were worried about . We would deal with the flood when we got home. At a graduation party for our nephew, my other sister-in-law brought me out a birthday cake….I was very surprised and then my husbands aunt helped me eat the cake (like at a wedding) I also helped her back! Anyway it was hard seeing he news cover things in Cedar Rapids, landmarks that were close to our home under the water. The National Guard helped our son go into the house (it had not been cleard yet) to find his uniforms for the Army. It took a few days for the city then the insurance adjuster to let us go back into the house, per the insurance provider it was a total loss. (they even waived the deductible $5000!) The following saturday our family had organized workers to empty the house and to start tearing the walls out. People started arriving around 9am we were loading the van by 3pm with the stuff we were going to try and keep! It was a real blessing for all the help, they came to us occasionally and asked if we wanted to keep certain things, but otherwise worked on their own. The church my youngest daughter had been helping at was also flooded, the pastor wrote a song and they put it on the Cedar Rapids newspaper site. I will share that with you…………… http://firstname.lastname@example.org&uid=369144&extra=&&&2001&&&http://rebekahkraft.theworldrace.org/?filename=flood-video
Hopefully the link will work, for you.
I know I lost everything but through it all Cedar Rapids did not have one death associated with the massive flooding! God know what we can bear and he has done a great job so far. I also started a blog to help deal with some of the things I remember that I lost in the flood, it is called”50 and starting over!”
So no matter what happens in life, remember it could all be gone in a moment. Remeber the things that are important! We moved things out of the house that we thought were important, we really missed the mark! Appliances and furnishings can be easily replaced. We moved the pictures and personal thing we deemed important, but the real treasure is in your family and friends. The story is a lot longer but I feel that you can see that turning 50 was a turning point for me. LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH do the things you enjoy! Happy Birthday to all those that are turning 50….don’t look back the best is yet to be. God Bless you all.
theboomerbomb said on November 18, 2009
I wanted a big event for my 50th BD. Since I was single and and traveled extensively, there wasn’t anyplace really special for me but my siblings and families hadn’t been to DisneyWorld which is a great place to party. So I invited my 3 siblings, their families and my mother (dad was deceased) for a week at the resort, all expenses paid by me. It was a dozen of us looking for Goofy! We had a ball and I topped the day off with tickets to Cirque du Soleil. It was great!
You are such a generous person. Bet everyone had fun. Saw Cirque du Soleil in Denver many years ago. I want to be your sis.
Alana said on November 18, 2009
Just celebrated my 50th this past week with family and good friends. My hubby made sure no one will forget my 50th b-day party. He went to work and when it was time to come go home, he took the elevator, but it got stuck, so a few hours later he called and told me what happened. By that time everyone had already arrived and waiting for dinner and wondering why on earth he had to work instead of coming to his wife’s 50th b-day party.
Funny. What a surprise you had 🙂
Alana said on November 21, 2009
Yes, a surprise and relief, I had to leave my party and pick him up, but a friend went with me and he drove. At least we didn’t have to wonder anymore!
anne ritchie said on November 18, 2009
my birthday is in july, near the end of the month when all of our daylilies are in peak bloom. we had a daylily/birthday celebration outside on a lovely summer evening. lots of wonderful friends and family. in the middle of the event, the bald eagle which roosts nearby made a spectacular flight over the creek, over the party. rather impressive and a lovely gift. !
swh4h said on November 18, 2009
Turning 50 was very uneventful for me. There was nothing done, nothing said other than a few people on facebook posted a sentiment to me and my husband texted me ‘happy birthday’. about 3 days later, my daughter and her boyfriend took me out for a post-birthday dinner which was nice. She got me a nice ‘Thomas Kincade’ wall clock.
I was hoping for a little more than that, but oh well…. I am trying hard to adjust to turning 50 since both of my parents were very sick and dying when they were 50. I dont want to end up dead before I am 52 like they did.
I am a very fun lively person…. lol, just for the record.
I just joined this VB site and am reading several postings. I also feel 30ish to be honest. yes there are aches, pains and some not-so-good days but overall I am very happy and feel young enough to want to get out and walk or play with my dog, just want to enjoy life and laugh.
Misslinsue said on November 18, 2009
After turning 45 I started thinking about turning 50 set my goals for what I wanted and where I wanted to be in life. My parents became very ill other things started happening I did not reach any of goals and I did not do anything for my 50th. My mother passed away one year ago and my family is still grieving her loss so holidays and birthdays are not on anyone mind. After I did save money my the 50 to go to Vegas with my daughters ages 30, 22 & 18. Well maybe I can still take a vacation next spring.
Gramma said on November 19, 2009
My 50th was 5 years ago. My husband took me and our daughter and her husband (our son was in the military), to a great steak restaurant (Austins) that is in a near by casino. We all had steak and lobster. The restaurant made me a special cake all for us. Then , over desert, my husband presented me with a gorgeous one carat diamond ring for yesterday, today and forever! Big surprise! It was a beautiful evening for all of us.
Trixie said on November 19, 2009
I wasn’t going to wait to see what anyone else would plan. I wanted it to be what I liked. I planned my own party. I invited all my girlfriends, my two close cousins, and my two daughters to join me for an overnight at the Mohegan casino. I booked several suites at the Best Western a couple of miles away – they have stretch limo service to the casino! I bought a case of nice champagne & pretty glasses – friends brought appetizers – we went to the buffet for dinner – enjoyed the casino, and partied all night! The next day, after ‘doing’ the spa, we took the scenic ride home, stopping & shopping all the way!
marylinda said on November 20, 2009
with a box of puffs, a bottle of wine, a sappy movie, a bag of chips and a carton of icecream…i hate birthdays,,,the numbers are getting way out of hand…
snowpeas mom said on November 20, 2009
My 50th was very significant. I was planning a weekend getaway with four girlfriends–five women to celebrate five decades and the knowledge and wisdom of being over 50. My neighbor graciously agreed to loan me her weekend cabin, but she changed her mind two days before because she was having electrical and plumbing problems at the cabin. I was somewhat disappointed, so I decided to treat my four friends to a Sunday morning pajama party brunch of mimosas and spinach omlettes. And, this change of plans allowed me to invite more female friends including my vibrant mentor who is 80+ and still going strong. My mentor represented our “one to grown on.”
The morning of the pajama party, I received a phone call from my oldest brother informing me our mother had passed. No way was I going to cancel the pajama party at short notice; I’m my mother’s only daughter and I wanted to celebrate her life with my female friends. We shared, celebrated and toasted the knowledge and wisdom our mothers passed on to us!
How sad. Looks like someone planned the day for you. What better way than having close friends with you.
sunnysue said on November 20, 2009
My boyfriend took me to Vegas!!!!!
createaiz said on November 20, 2009
When I turned 50, I was in the middle of chemo & radiation treatments for stage 3b lung cancer. I was just grateful to be alive. I think I slept most of the day. There were lots of phone calls, cards & flowers from family & friends & I knew I had love & support from the people who mattered most to me. That was almost 3 years ago. It wasn’t a fun celebration, but it is something I won’t forget. The following year we had a wonderful combination birthday/Mother’s Day celebration with family that we were all able to enjoy. I’m still cancer free & spend no time worrying about my 50th birthday.
Boz said on November 25, 2009
YAY for YOU!
sunnyinmichigan said on November 20, 2009
Four months before my 50th I was diagnosed with breast cancer, so I teased my ex husband (out of guilt) he gave me the most wonderful surprise party, there were over 50 people there! It was such a wonderful night…..my daughter found a couple of my old friends that I hadn’t seen in a few years and they were able to make it!! Having started Chemo just a few weeks before I hadn’t yet lost my hair (I remember saying that I hoped I still had hair for my 50th) well I did, but the very next morning it started falling out in clumps…..so my daughter and I shaved my head…..what a liberating experience (to have no hair). I know there are people that will think I am crazy, but having gone through the experience of breast cancer was a gift….just as turning 50 was gift…..I am now two years older and wiser and am THANKFUL to GOD for guiding me along this course of life!!!!
NYCQUEEN4ADAY said on November 20, 2009
MY HUSBAND AND MY DAD THRU ME A BEAUTIFUL SURPRISE 50TH BIRTHDAY PARTY AT THE PLAZA HOTEL HERE IN NYC FOR 150 PEOPLE, WHICH WAS 70% FAMILY AND 30% OF MY CLOEST FRIENDS.
IT WAS AMAZING AND THE BIGGEST SHOCK OF MY LIFETIME…
I WILL BE FOREVER GREATFUL TO THE VIDEO CREW , AS SEVERAL OF MY FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE SINCE PASSED ON BUT I NOW HAVE A WONDERFUL DVD VIDEO OF EACH PERSON WHO ATTENDING THE PARTY-THEY WERE ASKED TO MAKE A PERSONAL BIRTHDAY WISH AND I CAN REPLAY THOSE MOMENTS IN TIME NOW FOREVER..
Good for you, and God bless in many more!!!
Donna321 said on November 20, 2009
I was in a residential treatment center for a life long battle with addiction. it was the best (although I didnt think so at the time) gift I have EVER RECIEVED, I have a new life and I am becoming the women I was always ment to be! I have the love and support of family and friends and start each day celebrating the grace in my life no matter how small it may seem. I had an AMAZING 50TH and every day since…. that was just shy of 3 yrs ago.It will be impossible for me not to remember the pain and dispair , isolation, self hatred, guilt , remorse and the physcial battery I delivered to myself! The amazing thing was AT 50 I DIDNT THINK FOR ONE MINUTE IT WAS TOO LATE FOR ME… AND I WAS RIGHT …..
Donna321 said on November 21, 2009
bUBBLES 50, THANK YOU FOR REMINDING ME JUST HOW MUCH i LOVE BEING IN MY 50,S!
MyBigWalk said on November 21, 2009
I started a year long walking project…and turned 50 walking in Paris. You can join my year-long walkng project at MyBigWalk — now in the VN Blog Circle! – Laurie
NYCQUEEN4ADAY said on November 21, 2009
GOD BLESS & PROTECT YOU ALWAYS BUBBLES..
GO OUT AND HAVE SOME FUN, ENJOY YOUR WILDEST DREAM!
Ms_Phil said on November 21, 2009
I turned 50 this past Jan. 4th and of course, in WI that means snowstorm … or on this day, a blizzard. I have been threatening for years to change the celebration of my birthday to one in a summer month .. LOL .. should have got that in place for my 50th. That’s okay though, my Gregory’s 50th was in late Sept this year. I threw him the biggest surprise party! He had no clue whatsoever. I had so much fun with all the planning and prep, as well as with the actual party that I think it all kind of made up for the lackluster day my birthday turned out to be.
bubbles50 said on November 23, 2009
I will turn 50 next month…three days after Christmas. I know what you mean about having a winter birthday. I also have threatened to change my birthday to maybe June 28 when more things are happening and the weather is nice. My husbands birthday is the day after mine…what are the odds…lol…we will probably just go out to dinner and then go home and play some Zahtzee.
Sensational_50+ said on November 21, 2009
My 50th birthday came and went like any other birthday, I was too busy and involved to worry about getting older. Besides I never felt that age, I had too much to live for. At 65 I’m still feeling too young for my chronological age.
Summerland1217 said on November 22, 2009
Hi, I will be 51 this year but last year I went to dinner with my grown children and had cake and presents. It was wonderful, them taking the time to be with me, not working and just enjoying the day and the beautiful cards they get me and write in them, that’s the best. I felt loved. Summerland1217
Thank you to all who responded. It has been fun reading what everyone did or experienced during there 50th. I am not sure how I will celebrate mine or if I will…my hubbie says that we will do something…just not sure what that will be. 🙂
lisa shore said on November 23, 2009
I wanted to do something special, something WOW, something that would touch my heart forever. When my guy (boyfriend sounded silly at my age) Jack suggested that we go to Vegas to see Elton John, I thought… well, close enough. A week before we left, we were talking to some friends and they told us about a helicopter trip to the bottom of the Grand Canyon! My eyes welled up as I imagined how it would feel to commune with Mother Nature down there and I thought there could be nothing better for a WOW factor. I pleaded with Jack to forget about Elton John – I didn’t even need to go out for the nice dinner he had planned. I just wanted to sail over the lip of the Grand Canyon and be engulfed by the ancient tiers of time. He was vague and said it really was too expensive blah blah blah… So I dropped it.
The night we arrived in Vegas was truly spectacular as I had never been there before. It was so much nicer than I had imagined. The Paris was beautiful and Elton definitely didn’t disappoint. The next morning we got up early and headed out early. I didn’t know why we had to go out the alley entrance of the beautiful hotel. I was in the middle of saying something about missing the flowers when I saw the van with a helicopter on the side.
I cried all the way to the airport, as we climbed in the front of the helicopter (I was beside the pilot!) and as we lifted off to the tune of “Tiny Dancer”. The magesty took my breath (and tears – happy tears by the way) away as we floated over the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the edge of the canyon. We settled down at a picnic spot and the pilot pulled out champagne. I needed to step away from everyone and have some time to soak it in.
It was one of those moments that you wish would last forever. The day was warm and the cool, green waters of the Colorado River slipped by without a noise. Hawks called overhead, so high you could barely see them as their voices echoed off the cliffs, taking on a surreal quality as if they had always been there over the eons it took to carve those walls.
My heart was in my throat as Jack walked over and hugged me. “I can’t thank you enough…” I began to say. He looked at me with so much love in his eyes. I thought it was because he knew he had given me the most amazing gift ever possible. Then he asked me to marry him.
It was something special, something WOW and the memory will touch my heart forever. I cried all the way home. 🙂
Ms_Phil said on November 24, 2009
Oh my gosh Lisa, that is so beautiful I have tears just reading about it. Congrats!
bubbles50 said on November 25, 2009
WOW is right! Very romantic…I also had tears in my eyes reading this. Thanks for sharing. Congrats!!!
Dee5 said on November 29, 2009
Congrats thats a beautiful story
sunflower1912 said on November 24, 2009
Spent the day with my girlfriends at a winery and then came home to a huge surprise party thrown by my husband and kids. Awesome day!! Have a Happy Birthday Bubbles!! Remember 50 is just a number 😉
Told my significant other what I wanted to do–stay at this grand victorian hotel for a night and have dinner with friends. Yes! In a previous life I would have said, “what ever you think of I’m sure will be wonderful’ Glad those days are gone.
Even better was my big splash “49 and Holdin’ the Line” B.Day party with gal pals as we took over a local winery for the evening.
cookielu said on November 26, 2009
My 50th was just a few weeks ago – it was also Homecoming day at my alma mater, and the 50th “birthday” of the school mascot! It was fun seeing all the birthday wishes on the floats and hearing the marching band play the birthday song. To all you ladies out there who are vintage 1959 models: Barbie is 50 this year too, so we’re in good company. Whatever number the birthday is, make the most of it and be grateful!
Punkin58 said on November 26, 2009
I threw a big party in a local bar (even though I don’t drink anymore!) that reminded me of an old fashioned small town bar of my youth and invited my friends to come and dance with me and have a few laughs. My close girlfriends suprised me with a song that they composed in my honour and performed with gusto! I had a wonderful time!
Shawnarie said on November 26, 2009
I threw a party and although they thought it was a celebration it actually was for a different reason. I wanted to get eveyone together to thank them for being a part of my life, for mentoring me, for supporting me and to personally tell them what a difference they had made in my life and how much they meant to me. It was very personal and I have so many different facets to my life, I thought it was a great way to bring all the people in my life together.
Also.. anyone who could not attend I wrote a personal note to, or visited face to face if possible. For me it was my wasy of honoring them. My own personal gratitude list/celebration. Please know I never hesitate to tell people this on a daily basis, but I just wanted a soiree to show them. It was a great evening!
enhancinglives said on November 26, 2009
Well mine was a few years back. But I knew that I wanted to celebrate. So I asked my husband if he thought it would be tacky to plan my own party. He said no but it would be a lot cheaper if he was the one doing it. (he knows me well, I love to entertain). My husband turned 50 as well 6 months after I did. So we decided to plan a big Hawaiian Theme party for both of us. So I started planning way in advance. spending hundreds of dollars on plants for the yard to make it look tropical. We hired a man to play Hawaiian music while the guests were arriving for the happy hour and appetizers. Then we had prizes for the best hawaiian costume, did the limbo, had hoola hoop contests, etc. My husband built a Tiki bar and we rented slushy machines (alcoholic ones).The bar was my favorite decoration at the party. Then we had a full sit down dinner with 50 of our friends, I did all the food, My husband and friends cooked the roast, chicken and coconut salmon on the BBQ We used our pool table as the buffet table and had tables scattered all over the house, completely decorated tropical. Every guest had a gift on their plate which was a holder and candle that the proceeds were donated to Breast Cancer,thanking everyone for coming and joining us on this speical occasion. (Every one was asked to not bring gifts) Then after the evening we went out to our back yard which was totally done in mini lights that my husband had put up all over the yard and we had a bon fire. The evening was such a great event, people talk about that being the best party they had ever been to. And yes, it would have been a lot less if my husband had planned it. But it was very special to have friends who travelled so far to come and celebrate with us. Everyone says they are looking forward to our 75th party.
Bekah said on November 28, 2009
My 50th was quiet. The family (brother & wives) had lost our Mom, so both parents were gone. We had spent the summer and fall going through our parents house and belonging, making repairs. By the time the holidays and my birthday rolled around we were exhausted. We made dinner together and had my favorite cake on my off days…. I had to work (evening shift) on the actual day. Those at work had a cake and donated money ( we used to help finish work on the house) . I feel blessed to have celebrated with friends that came by and family.
MargeB said on November 28, 2009
I had a slumber party and invited about 50 friends, and because so many of my friends had kids my daughters age, she had a slumber party also. Was lots of fun.
MelissaS said on November 28, 2009
At the last minute, I decided I wanted to mark by 50th birthday by doing something new that would give me a sense of accomplishment. I find heights frightening and set my goal as a trip to a climbing wall. I was shaking when I arrived, but an hour later, I had climbed a 50 ft climbing wall on my 50th birthday. It made me feel strong!
suebv said on November 29, 2009
Hurrah for you! That is AWESOME! How empowering! Do you feel like you can conquer anything now?
I went on a cruise with my husband ! My mom had just passed away a few months earlier so it was a very relaxing way to heal.
Nancy Schimmel said on November 30, 2009
I’m a storyteller and songwriter, so some of my performing friends and I put on a show for my fiftieth birthday that was a fundraiser for refugees. Through the publicity for the program I met the woman I’ve been collaborating with ever since, writing songs and producing albums. It was a good celebration and the start of a great friendship. I didn’t feel so celebratory about turning sixty, so I decided to indulge myself and had a party inviting only friends who could sing, and we sat around my living room singing rounds and harmonizing on old songs. For my seventieth, I did another performance, also a fund-raiser, even more fun than the first, and I’m planning the same for my seventy-fifth next year.
LolaPearl said on December 2, 2009
My daughter, son and daughter-in-law surprised me with a sky-diving adventure for all 4 of us. I always swore I would never jump out of a plane unless I had to but the looks on all their faces as they told me was more than I could refuse. When I said, “this is going to be so cool” they all lit up at once. It was the best present ever. The jumping out of the airplane was scary but such a rush….I did not feel 50 when we got to the ground. My kids rock!
cindy lou said on December 4, 2009
my best friend came down from up north with her daughter. she treated me to a ‘spa day’ and an evening shared with family and friends at my favorite restaurant
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