Thursday, January 24, 2008

Reflections on Getting One Year Older

My friend Turtle Doug sent me this photo for my birthday. He loves three things, Apple computers, Ms. Kate and me. So it was only fitting that Ms. Kate be posed in front of the Apple Campus sign. I think he still loves his wife but that's another story that I won't tell here.

So, how is it being 63, which I actually will not be for another 10 minutes. I was born on Jan. 24 at 6:20 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. That's 8:20 p.m. Central Standard Time in Minneapolis. When you are younger you always want to be older. When you are older you hold out to the last second before adding that extra year.

I really like the age I am. My sister and I agree that after a certain point in your life you stop using those magnifying mirrors that hotels often have. I'm convinced that the reason our eyesight goes as we get older is that we don't really need to see things that clearly. We understand life at a level that doesn't have to be seen under a microscope or through bifocals.

While these years have been great, some of the best years of my life were spent being a mother to a wonderful son, Mark. His dad always worked nights so Mark and I spent a lot of time together. He's a remarkable young man and I take a lot of credit for that. Julia is a lucky woman to have found him, and he's a lucky man to have found her.

Kerry left a card on my keyboard last night after I went to bed. He has an incredible ability to say the most wonderful things on occasions like this and actually most occasions. His message inside the card read, "Life is full of choices -- you are mine." That's the man with whom I intend to spend the rest of my life. He also bought me an incredibly beautiful handcrafted wooden jewelry box for all the jewels he has bestowed on me over the past years.

We are having Chinese takeout tonight; my choice. The weather is not nice (by California standards) so I'd rather send him out for food than have to go too. Sunday night we will celebrate our seventh anniversary at a wonderful new restaurant that serves only local meats that do not have hormones or antibiotics. The cattle, chickens, pigs and lambs are allowed to graze in a natural environment.

Okay it's 6:20 p.m. PST so I'm officially 63, and I still feel great.

I start my 64th year as a quilter. A year ago I would not have imagined such a thing. I am besotted with fabric. Today I began cutting out the blocks for the wedding quilt. With each stitch I offer a blessing for a wonderful and long life for Julia and Mark.

I have received numerous birthday greetings from family, friends and fellow bloggers; all of them have warmed my heart. One of my favorites was from Blogauthor; the photo was of her young son holding a cupcake with a lit candled that spiraled upward. She swears they sang Happy Birthday to me. Her son lost his first tooth recently so his smile is especially captivating. He may lose the others just in time for fresh corn season.

That's all my thoughts for today. Life is good.
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Minna said...

Happy Birthday Kathy! Love, Max, Minna & Mike

blogauthor said...

We really did, ask Offspring - it was his idea! I told him I wanted to make cupcakes for your birthday and take a picture of him holding it up for you and he said "MOM! We need candles! And we *have* to sing.". So, we did. :)

And oh my god, you are my choice .... a gem that one is. That gave me goosebumps - seriously. How amazing is that.

And your comment about eyesight is so dead on right - it seems really important to know all the details when you're older, just the big picture is all that really matters.

blogauthor said...

p.s. Yes, be sure to take lots of credit for Mark turning out well. For you know if he was a major screw-up, that would be your fault too. lol ....

dykewife said...

happy hatch day from the dykewife household!!!

there are times when i look in the mirror and am freaked at the old lady there, but for the most part i'm fairly content with who i've become as well.

i hope your birthday was all you hoped for and more. many good wishes to your coming year of 63.

Daniel said...

Happy Birthday to a fellow Aquarian!

Creamy Silver said...

Oh no, I'm late!

I hope you had a fabulous birthday!

Anonymous said...

I am late but happy birthday :)

I am so glad you are enjoying the book. I finally got started on it today. I am hoping more people will start posting soon. They promised they would!