One of my OLDEST old friends shared this photo on Facebook this week. . . on my birthday!! :) I was in first grade. She'd cropped me out of the "group picture" taken at our little one-room school house !! (Yeah...that makes us officially very old if we went to a one-room school house! )
Have you ever looked into the young face of yourself and wished you could travel back into that little body for awhile. . .just to experience what you were "thinking" or to see how little your hands and feet were? (I could do without reliving the experience of those bangs.)
I look at my young, innocent self and just shake my head.....the experiences and challenges that were waiting for me in the future.....wow. It's probably a good thing we don't know what's ahead for us. . . especially the bad stuff.
Anyway, on my Birthday Morning, I found myself in a major funk. We'd had some big bad stuff going on around here over the last few days. . .so my birthday just wasn't seeming too special.
As the morning went by and I my spirits were sinking lower and lower, I decided the best way I knew to combat the gloom was to get outside and take a good, hard walk.
It's amazing how a gorgeous morning and a little exercise can do to lift a person's spirits. As I was about four minutes into my walk, I decided I wanted to try to put together 3.1 miles of running and complete a little Birthday 5K just in honor of me and my oldness. :)
I've struggled stringing together three miles of constant running since I've been training for a 1/2 marathon I'm doing this fall. We (my running group and I) have used a run/walk approach to adding distance to our runs. . .so I've learned to anticipate those one and two minute walk breaks!! :)
Anyway, I totally ran the distance on my Birthday Run. . .and it felt great. It wasn't easy. It wasn't fast. I was ready to stop and walk many, many times over that distance. It was getting hot, my legs were tired, I was tired. . .but I pushed on and finished.
That certainly made me feel better for awhile! After all. . .I just started my new age by doing something a lot of much younger folks don't/can't do!
I hadn't been home too long after the run when my buddy Bonnie showed up with an amazing bouquet of her PINK hydrangeas, some of her homegrown tomatoes and a really great card.
Except for the fact that I was sweaty and stinky from my run, her surprise visit was timed perfectly. I really needed a friend at that moment. . .and there she was. What a birthday gift.
I did get lots of Happy Birthday well wishes from other friends and family members as the morning continued. . .and that meant a lot.
Around mid-day, my husband popped in with a gorgeous bouquet of roses and a lovely card!!
My bummed out mood was slowly improving. I took my time cleaning up and getting ready to go to the store. Not something fun to do on a birthday, but we were really low on basic supplies! :)
It was pretty late by the time I returned from the store and doing a couple of other errands and my elderly body was feeling tired, so I just put away the stuff that needed to be in the refrigerator and hit the sofa for quick nap.
My husband called and said he was gonna pick up some bar-b-que from the new place that just opened not far from us. . . for my Birthday Dinner! Alright. . .:)
I got up and started putting away the rest of the groceries. . .and just basically piddling around.
All of a sudden my husband and daughter came in with two huge bags of food from the bar-b-que place! Wow. A birthday feast looked to be in order!! Now I was really glad I'd purchased a Birthday Peach Pie and some ice cream at the store earlier!
However, instead of spreading out the grub on the island and getting busy eating, my husband started putting away the clean dishes in the dishwasher. Huh?
I asked him why he was starting that now. . .and he gave some lame answer. . .and continued. Hmmmmm
So I started putzing around. . .putting away items that had accumulated here and there. . .just waiting for him to STOP so we could eat my Birthday Bar B Que.
Then I took a real close look at the stuff in the food bags and said to him something like "there's enough food in there to feed an army". He looked sheepish. My girl looked sheepish. And it clicked......"who's coming over?" I asked.
At just that moment I realized someone was on the front porch. . .and it was my son, DIL and the three little grands!!
Wow!!!! A Birthday Flash Mob!!! :) What a wonderful surprise!!
They brought an outstanding ice cream cake and a gift card from my favorite local running store. . .but most of all. . .they brought THEMSELVES!!!
What an awesome way to spend my Birthday Evening !!!
The next morning , Little Twiggy enjoyed looking at all of my cards and flowers and gifts.
However, THE STONE RABBIT, zeroed in on the treats!!! He has a sweet tooth just like me! In fact, he decided to try to find some PINK Hostess Cuppy Cakes for my birthday gift, but evidently, they haven't been part of the Hostess Comeback. Instead, he gave me my second favorite Hostess treat. . .little chocolate Donettes!!!
So. . .it turned out to be a very sweet birthday. . thanks to all of my friends and family and little fur buddy and concrete pal.
Please visit our Pink Queen, Beverly, at HOW SWEET THE SOUND! You will find soooo many other bloggers ready to share their PINKS with you!!
PS....and by the way, this is the photo I posted of my OLD friend on Facebook on her birthday in March!! I guess we're even!! :)