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Birthdays Through The Years

As happens around this time each year, today is my birthday.

And while thinking of what to post about today, I’ve been remembering special birthdays of mine through the years.

During my childhood, there weren’t elaborate parties…usually just a cake (made by Mom) and ice cream with family.

One year, a school friend was invited to join us, and she gave me a bottle of lilac scented bubble bath.  Now, the bubble bath was nice, but what was really special was that bottle.  It was just a plastic bottle, roundish on the bottom, but the neck was really long.  This was around the time that my niece and I loved watching “I Dream Of Jeannie” on tv. And through our world of make believe, that empty bubble bath bottle became our “Jeannie bottle”.

The next special birthday was the year I turned eighteen. That year, I received the best present EVER: I graduated from high school ON my eighteenth birthday.  As someone who hated school, I was one happy girl that day.

Junior year pic; I didn’t care for the senior one

My twenty-first birthday was spent at the beach at the Outer Banks.  And I thought my mom would probably like to talk to me on my birthday. Those were the days before cell phones, so I went to a nearby phone booth and called to talk to her.

Not a picture from that trip, but the same era

A few years later, on my birthday just twelve days before Marshall was born, I was having complications with the pregnancy, so I celebrated that one in the hospital. No problem at all: my sole purpose in life at that point was doing whatever was necessary to get him here safely.

Eleven days after that birthday spent in the hospital, and just hours before Marshall arrived

The birthdays since have been spent in various ways…. low-key and celebrating with family and friends.  Motor Man usually treats me to a special outing around the time of my birthday.

A few years ago, when he asked what I’d like to do, I suggested taking a wild horse tour.  At that time, we didn’t have a four-wheel drive vehicle, so we booked a private tour with the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. It was so educational and fun: we were hooked. This little one soon joined his mom who had strolled down that path to the left.

Three years ago, we went parasailing in the Outer Banks (wait, that was on HIS list, not mine).

Two years ago, we went for a steam engine ride with special friends Bev and Bill and Pam and Dave.

And, last year, Motor Man took me to meet April, the giraffe.

This year, we don’t have any trips planned.  Yesterday we went to the Outer Banks to see “my” horses , and I’ll share more about that on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, today, I’m celebrating with my two guys, and the coming days will be more gatherings with friends. I am so blessed to have a loving family and special friends in my life.

As I’ve said before, I believe the older you get, the longer birthdays should last.

~These Days Of Mine~




Those Were The Days

The days (and nights) of the great tv shows, that is. The prompt I chose today for Mama Kat’s Writers Workshop is:

1.) A list of 10 old TV shows you’d like to make a comeback.

My brother-in-law and nephew in 1958

In no particular order, here’s my list:

1. The Dick Van Dyke Show    This show just made me laugh. I can still hear Laura, sobbing and saying: “Ohhh, Rob!”. There are so many jokes from the show that have stayed with me all these years. 

2. The Andy Griffith Show  Could you possibly get more wholesome? When the series originally aired, I was probably too young to realize that there was a lesson within each show. Small town life at its finest.

3. The Beverly Hillbillies  Most of us from that era probably still remember all the words to the theme song. I remember thinking it was cool that Ellie May talked to the animals, and they seemed to know what she said.

4. The Mary Tyler Moore Show  I always wanted a beret to wear at just the right angle like Mary did. Never happened.

5. The Ed Sullivan Show  To those of you old enough to remember, don’t you miss the days of a nice variety show?  Not to mention, Ed brought us The Beatles!!

6. I Dream Of Jeannie My niece and I used to pretend we were Jeannie. For my birthday one year, someone gave me lilac scented bubble bath (from the dime store, no less). The plastic bottle it came in had a tall neck, and we pretended that was our Jeannie bottle.

7. Happy Days  For the music, if nothing more. And just the nostalgia of living in a simpler time.

8. The Rifleman  I had a serious crush on his son, Mark.

9. Dr. Kildare   There’s only one word to describe Richard Chamberlain: dreamy. Of course, I was merely a child when this series aired, but I think, even at that young age, I realized how easy he was on the eyes.

10. That Girl  How many attempts did I make to have my hair “flip” like that before I finally just gave up?

I really miss the old tv shows, when there was no worry of seeing or hearing anything offensive.  Guess that’s why my tv viewing these days consists mainly of The Weather Channel and TV Land.

Those really WERE the days, my friend.

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