Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Getting Older

Today is my 64th birthday. I like getting older, it's so much better than the alternative. I've liked each of my birthdays. Never had a melt-down about turning 30, 40, 50, or 60. Next year, I'll be eligible for Medicare, that's a really good thing. God bless Lyndon Johnson.

"Signs of Getting Old.”
Author Unknown

My forgetter's getting better.
But my rememberer is broke,
To you that may sound funny,
But, to me, that is no joke.

For when I'm here, I'm wondering,
If instead I should be there,
And when I try to think it through,
I haven't got a prayer.

Oft times I walk into a room,
And say, 'what am I here for ?"
I wrack my brain, but all in vain,
A zero is my score.

At times I put something away,
Where it is safe, but gee,
The person it is safest from,
Is generally me.

When shopping I may see someone,
Say 'Hi' and have a chat,
Then, when the person walks away
I ask myself, "Who the hell was that ?"

Yes my forgetter's getting better,
While my rememberer is broke,
And it's driving me crazy,
And that isn't any joke.

Happy Birthday to Me.


hulagirlatheart said...

Happy birthday!! I hope it's a good one. What a fantastic outlook you have on birthdays. I hope one day to be able to do the same. I'm getting there...slowly.

Aoj & The Lurchers said...

Happy Birthday Jan!!

Hope you have the most wonderful day!

Chris & Allie said...

Ahhh, Happy Birthday Jan!! I wish you the very best day ever and hope that you get to do everything that you want to do. I hope I look and feel as fabulous as you do when I'm 64!

Barb said...

Happy Birthday Jan...wishing you a wonderful day...and its your daughters birthday too??? wow thats fun.... I love the ring you are giving her..its beautiful

ALF said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great day.

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to you (cha cha cha).
Happy birthday to you (cha cha cha).
Happy birthday dear Jaaaaan (cha cha cha).
Happy birthday to yooooooou!!!

dot said...

Happy Birthday Jan and hope you have many more!!

Oliver Rain said...

Happy Birthday Jan! I hope you had a great day today.

lisaschaos said...

YOu mean I missed commenting on your exact birthday?! Ugh! HAPPY late BIRTHDAY!

Denise said...

I turned 52 this year...like you I embrace the whole issue....here is my favourite poem for the occasion! Hope it brings a smile.


When I am Old
I will wear Purple!

When I am an old woman,
I shall wear purple - -
With a red hat which doesn't go,
and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension
on brandy and summer gloves and satin sandles,
And say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
and gobble up samples in shops
and press alarm bells
and run with my stick along public railings,
and make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
and pick flowers in other people's gardens
and learn to spit!
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
and eat three pounds of sausages at ago,
or only bread and pickles for a week,
and hoard pens and pencils
and beermats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry,
and pay our rent
and not swear in the street,
and set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner
and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me
are not too shocked and surprised
when suddenly I am old,
And start to wear purple!

--Jenny Joseph

Alison said...

Happy Belated birthday Jan...I hope you had a great one!!

storyteller said...

I'm trying to do some catch up today with Google Reader. Happy Belated birthday! I love the poem … and at 63 myself, I so relate ;--)
Hugs and blessing,

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