It was a quiet birthday. Andy was in Virginia. Meg and Dennis treated me with a delicious dinner at BRAVO! last night and there was spinning at Barnes & Noble last night with Kathy and Martha. Birthday phone calls, birthday cards, and wonderful happy birthday wishes from Facebook friends.
My favorite birthday memory? We used to play Pin The Nose On Rudolph at my birthday parties. That was back when you invited a few friends to have cake and ice cream at home. Mom cut a reindeer shaped head out of a grocery bag and then cut red circles out of contruction paper. Rudolph was taped to the hall closet door and Daddy blind-folded us and spun us around. We attempted to pin the nose on Rudolph with lots and lots of giggles.
Mine doesn't fit quite as well as it used to. It's a little saggy in spots. It sports several rather impressive scars. There are a few more wrinkles and laugh lines this year. A few more age spots and a few more gray hairs. It's twenty pounds lighter this year, though, which is a good thing.
There have been many. Most very pleasant. Some worth forgetting but age helps with that, too!
Or, is it the realization that we have used up another year of our allotted time here on earth? I dislike thinking about that but it is what it is. I just hope I have a good number of years left in my pile. I have a lot to do.
Whatever it is, reflection is a good thing. It makes us look at our priorities and maybe rearrange a few.
I'd like to think I'm a little wiser this year. Age has to have some perks, right?
I'm pretty pleased with the person I've become. I enjoy the things I do and I like sharing them with others. I notice little things and enjoy the simple and ordinary.
Wishes for the next year of my life? Well, I'm not sure. Need to think about that a bit. Certainly don't want to waste those wishes!
What would you wish for in your new year?