Post-Birthday Comments

I picked the photo below from my brother and sister-in-law’s trip to Maine and Canada because it has a bridge in the corner, and my birthday was the bridge between my 6th and 7th decades.


I received some lovely and interesting comments about my Birthday Blog from last month. Thank you to those who sent your heartfelt words. Here are a few:

“Hi, Enjoyed reading your birthday blog. So post-menopausal zest is what we’ve got!” Coll, PA

“You make 70 sound easy!” Barb, WA

“I love it!! Our picture looks great too. It was soooo much fun and you really captured it all in your narrative of the events.”
My friend, Amparo

“Finally had time to sit and read your “entire” December blog. I enjoyed reading it so much and found it very uplifting! Loved the term “golden girl years.” The many celebrations which have occurred for your 70th b-day are wonderful. Your writing is so descriptive that I felt like I was a part of each of them. May the celebrations continue……………..!” Jackie, NJ

“I have had some different reactions to my age. First, I started to tell people that I was 90 or 95. Most of the time, that brought back laughs and the comment that I was very young-looking for my age. For my birthday, my husband and I celebrated by visiting St. Augustine and sipping from the “Fountain of Youth.” I told my grandson that since women frequently lie about their ages and say that they are younger, I thought it was just as valid to exaggerate my age. Finally, after being 70 for a few months (since 10/09), I am coming to terms with being 70 and starting to admit my real age.” Sandy, FL


My month-long birthday celebration was tempered by several deaths of people I knew or loved ones of friends, so part of me is happy to have reached 70 in good health, and part of me is sad that loss is also part of Life. The flowers in this garden picture from my brother and sister-in-law’s trip remind me that there are always flowers — a vivid demonstration of Life — blooming somewhere on the planet.

All I can think of is Carpe diem, the phrase from a Latin poem by Horace. It is popularly translated as “seize the day,” as in the movie, The Dead Poet’s Society, although a more literal translation of carpe would be “harvest” (“harvest the day”), as in the harvesting of fruit. The literal translation actually fits my vegetarian lifestyle. (Defintion from Wikipedia) So harvest/seize and savor your days, each and every one of them.

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