Birthday #60

Perhaps I should have a bit of brilliance today. Wise words for the young in all of us and specifically for everyone who actually is quite a bit younger than me. I think I might have done that last year.

Certainly I do not feel any older today. It is yet another day of sun, dust, and noise at BAF. The Task Force standard is that everyone gets a down day a week. For obvious reasons, I chose Saturday. The fact that it happens to be my birthday is just icing. Truly lucky.

This year is typical of “0” years for me. Those years that many of us now expect to be milestones. Where we are suppose to celebrate, reflect and wow our friends.

Not for me.

40 – I was newly arrived at Ft Drum. Desert Shield had started. I had a toddler (Ms Soprano) and an unwilling baby sitter in tow and pregnant with The Mole. No party (lots of pity), one flower, a phone call and a card.

50 – Detached to the Germans in Munich, I knew next to no one and the family was wrapped up in their daily life. It just might have been the year that someone decided a fine, stainless steel cooking pot made a great present. Should I mention depression and menopause or just leave it at not a great time in my life?

60 – well – here I am at Bagram sitting in the MWR and typing out this note. I got to sleep in. A card from a friend in the UK arrived several days ago. My day is well planned. Yet to accomplish are a couple of meals and an evening exercise class. I have no cell phone, so calling me is not an option.

Leave me a comment. I like those kind of presents. They endure.

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22 Responses to Birthday #60

  1. Gigi says:

    Happy Birthday to YOU!

  2. Diane says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I didn’t know…you should have let me know. 🙁

  3. Jim & Pam says:

    Congratulations! You made it.

    Happy Birthday!

    We hope you get the chance to sit down and count your blessings ….or, do something awesome!

    All the best!

  4. Miriam says:

    Happy birthday Mommy!
    I miss you so much and wish I you were here so we could spend some quality time together on your birthday.

  5. Mary says:

    HAPPY 60th. BIRTHDAY!!!!!!

  6. Colin says:

    Happy Birthday. Welcome to the 60’s!

    I did a Google Earth to see where you are stationed. That’s quite the airbase.

  7. Jim says:

    Happy Bday AGAIN!
    I don’t think Yahoo likes the title “60”

    …from the Jim on his Droid

  8. Isobel says:

    Tried to leave a “comment” but THEY wouldn’t let me. Guess THEY couldn’t care less if you have a happy birthday 🙂 Anyway, despite being away from family and friends I hope you have a happy day. They way I look at it any day that you can sleep-in is a good day.

  9. Steve says:

    Welcome (back?) to the sixties, Momma! Cyberhug will have to suffice for the moment.

  10. Holly says:

    Comments now working!

  11. Rebecca, Sally & Mitch says:

    Happy Birthdaty

  12. Ruth says:

    By the time you get this, it will be the day after, but no matter….I still wish you a very happy birthday, and the best year possible. May your deployment be “safe” and short!

  13. Beverly says:

    Wishing you a very happy birthday – well, as good a birthday as it is
    possible to have in Bagram.

  14. Kathryn says:

    Happy Birthday – if it is possible in that part of the world.

  15. ruth says:

    Happy Birthday, Holly. Of course, by the time you get this, you’ll be one day older. tee hee. I can say that because I have 6 years on you.

    The 60’s are THE best time of life. Yeah, there are a couple of aches you didn’t have 10 years ago, but who cares! Your brain is in great shape, no little kids to take care of. It’s wonderful!

  16. Susan Kahn says:

    Holly,
    A belated happy birthday! Not sure why, but I have the birthdates of the rest of your family on my calendar and for some reason did not have yours — but now I do and will make sure I remember for MANY future years!

    Lots of love and good wishes,
    Susan

  17. April (Little Sister) says:

    Well it is not a Happy Belated Birthday – I sent an ecard I really did, whether you got it our not? How can anyone not love the Famous Chipmunks singing ‘Happy Birthday to you….. ” with an endearing little note that said “You are 60, and I am not hehe…
    Love to you Big Sister
    from your not yet 60 Sister

  18. Lynne says:

    Happy Birthday from someone else who doesn’t embrace the “0” milestone hoopla.. it is what it is. Wishing you a year filled with all that you wish for yourself.. and more..hugs…

  19. Noah says:

    i hope u have a wonderful birthday 🙂

  20. Bruce says:

    A belated Happy Birthday!

    I thought you were a couple of years more behind me.

    You have now joined us in the decade where our children can replace “Happy Birthday” with “Greetings & salutations, O Ancient One.”

  21. Lorette says:

    Happy belated birthday! I’m not much into the 0 birthdays, either. They tend to be a letdown since everybody tries to make such a big deal out of them.

  22. AlisonH says:

    Happy (late) birthday! Wishing you all the best.

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