I can remember looking forward to November because I would celebrate my birthday and then about a week later we would get a couple days out of school for Thanksgiving.
Of course I don't look forward to the birthdays as I once did. Sixty just can't compare to 13, 16, 21, 39 or even 50.
Now when I hear of someone turning 50, I can only wish.
As I have always said and heard -- another birthday is better than the alternative, which is a good way to look at it.
Through the years I have stretched middle age as far as I could and would not admit to being a "senior" at 55 (unless it was for a discount on coffee). Now I am about to be 60 and I just have to accept it and move on.
Age is a state of mind, and some days I still feel 30 and other days I feel about 90, so I guess it all averages out to make me a normal 60.
November is still a good time of year, and I have good memories of birthday parties past.
True to my age, I can remember getting the most beautiful bride doll I had ever seen on my fifth birthday, a blue and white record player on my 13th birthday, a yellow sweater on my 14th birthday and a birthstone ring on my 16th birthday. But I can't remember what I got last year. I suppose when I turn 100 I will remember what I got for my 59th birthday.
My friends gave me a surprise birthday party for my 40th with black balloons, black armbands and the works. One of the best surprises I have had on my birthday was when my son and daughter-in-law showed up for my birthday dinner in 1997. They had been in Korea for a year and were not scheduled to come home for two weeks after my birthday. They worked it around so they could be home for my birthday. Evidently the whole family (except me) knew they were coming home early. That was one time I was totally surprised. It was a true gift I will always remember.
As we go through life, some birthdays, such as 13, 16 or 21, are special. Now at this stage in my life, every birthday is special.
My birthday is Nov. 19, and I have a cousin and two young friends who share the day. So I would like to extend an early happy birthday to Carla, Evan and Jason. Hopefully we will all have a wonderful day and another good year to share.