to most, this number is insignificant... or maybe it reminds you of studio 54, the infamous nightclub in NYC that was known for drugs, sex, & rock-n-roll within the club where only the most famous people were allowed to enter. there was also "car 54 where are you"- one of my fave TV shows growing up with Tooty and Muldoon, in it's black and white classical state. and that song "54 ways to leave your lover"
which has nothing to do with this post. but this isn't about those 54's, it's about ME. it should always be about ME.
it's my 54th birffday today and to most of the world i am
a very cute an unknown 54 but to a few special people in my little world, i am everything. MOI, the oldest of 4 a little girl born in New Britain, CT.. eating east coast pizza and grinders the best of which i will forever miss
[moi age 4... 50 years ago!]
[our home in Malone, NY]
i was a
hellion normal high school kid who met her soul mate husband-to-be at the incredibly young but who could tell me anything back then tender age of 13;
over the years, i became a wife- a mother- remained a daughter- a sister- befriended stray bears and eventually settled down in Omaha, NE... home of the
cornholers oops i mean cornhuskers! i was blessed with the miracle of 4 beautiful children who came to me every which way but loose in the most special of ways when i lived many years never knowing if i would have the thankless but oh so worth it job pleasure of experiencing parenthood. [oh the stories i could tell you!]
[Nicholas & Emily]
[Alexander & Christopher]
i survived a divorce, put myself through college to become a nurse- work in my dream job in OB and met my soul mate for the second and last time, Diane. [did i mention she is silly]
[this is beginning to sound like a resume, whatta my applying for, the Nobel peace prize or summit?] my most important accomplishments are my 4 children- my precious grandson- and the fact that i can make the pig noise in my throat and was able to buy a new car a few months ago! I'm still monetarily poor, [and always will be unless i win the lottery but i think you have to buy a ticket first] yet consider myself the wealthiest woman on the planet [most days] because of the richness of the ones i love in my life. [they may not always be nice or do their chores but they're mine] i have good friends, a beautiful dog with perpetual bad breath, soft butter on the counter ready to go, and a small pool that came with this rental we live in... i have my health [cuz no one else would want it], a bicycle to ride every spring/summer, and i have cable TV. i can sleep when I'm tired, eat when I'm hungry, laugh when i have gas at the MOST inappropriate times, and get all the hugs i could ever want.. i live in a pretty much safe neighborhood, it's peaceful. and only 8 miles to work. for what it's worth [ALOT in my book] my four kids are all doing something they love, and prospering. [well, the 2 youngest ones are still prospering from home and i plan on keeping them here until they turn 40]. i have an important connection to many peeps in the blogosphere whom i don't even know what you smell like if i will ever meet.. and i feel a sense of community with. what more could i possibly want when i am blessed with all of this? [OK, so my freezer needs defrosting, we have wild monkeys in our backyard, one of the burners on the stove doesn't work right, and i could use new sets of sheets for the beds but let's not get technical] so yes, today is my birffday, i am 54 years older and wiser but i will always remain a kid at heart. now go pour yo'seff a nice cold one [be it juice or beer or wine or Kool-Aid or iced tea or coffee or elephant juice or water] and join me in a toast to celebrate this special day-->
bottoms up! [American]
cHeRRiO! CHEERS! [British]
a votre santé! [French]
OOGY WAWA [Zulu]
awww shucks, let's just say 'em all... why not..
and if these don't cover everyone, look here http://www.awa.dk/glosary/slainte.htm
for the international glossary of how to say cheers in ANY language you can think of!
[hey not so rough you'll break the glasses!]
ALIAS the birffday girl.
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