Monday, May 3, 2021

Celebrating by Karen Whiddon

Today, May 3, is my birthday.  And it's not just ANY birthday, but a particularly big one.  I am - gulp - 60! 


I remember when I turned 50 and I thought that was SO old.  SMH.  I went out and got my first - and only - tattoo as if by doing that I could prove that I was still young and daring.  Ten years later, I still love my tattoo, and while I seriously considered getting one at 60 too, I'm probably not.  Not only because I don't have anything to prove, but because I don't have any thoughts as to what I would want done.  

My life has changed a lot since I was 50.  I've been retired from insurance for ten years now, though I've kept my license.  I still write, and still volunteer for a Boxer dog rescue, though a different one. I still work out and am probably in better shape than I was a decade ago.

I have a lot of the same friends, and many new ones.  I keep in touch with former employees and before that, co-workers.  And I definitely don't travel as much.  I miss that, the travel.  Covid-19 had a lot to do with that, but also my husband's health.  It is what it is.  Life is still good.

This year, my husband, daughter, and I are fully vaccinated, so for the first time in over a year, we will go to a restaurant to celebrate.  I love (and miss) Mexican food and margaritas, so that's where we're going to go.  


And in our usual tradition of getting things for the house for gifts, I got new patio furniture for a combination birthday and Mother's Day gift.  I love it. 


As I embark on this next decade, I hope to continue to write my romance novels, visit our lake place, workout, and help save lots of Boxers.  I'm grateful and blessed.  Happy Birthday to me!




10 comments:

  1. The happiest of birthdays, dear girl! I'm a May baby, too ( 19th) and I hit 60 last year during Covid so nobody knew!! hee hee. Have a wonderful day and I hope it is filled with love, laughter, light and health

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  2. Happy happy Birthday!! It's a popular day! My son and my brother both have birthdays today!! Hope yours is a great one!

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  3. Wishing you a kick butt 60th! I got a tat in my fifties, too. (Also first and only.) Mine was because of an age-old family bet. We all promised to get tattoos if the Blues won the Stanley Cup. After fifty years of being shut out, it seemed like a long shot. Be that as it may, I now have a Blue note on my ankle! :) Thank you for sharing yourself with us today! :)

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  4. Wishing you a Happy 29th. That's where I'm stuck. 60's are the new 40's so enjoy every fun moment of this decade. Keep writing. It keeps you young.

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  5. A perfect opportunity to count yout blessings. Have a marvelous day.

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  6. Have an absolutely fabulous birthday, Karen.

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  7. Happy birthday! I hope you have a great day! I love the furniture.

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  8. Happy Birthday. Hope you had a great Mexican meal with those Margaritas.

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  9. Happy birthday from the next decade beyond yours! Enjoy the Margaritas.

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  10. Happy Birthday, Karen! I so admire you for your Boxer rescue work (in addition to your writing). Our eldest daughter did springer spaniel rescue until her health declined. Our youngest daughter is fostering two kittens that have to be bottle fed--and she's losing a lot of sleep doing so. I hope you enjoyed your Mexican dinner and margarita. I plan to have that menu for Mother's Day.

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