Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A Toast On My Birthday


I can't believe I'm this old. Really, it's true. My laugh lines have laugh lines. Yesterday, a door-to-door pest control salesman dropped by my house and told me I didn't look old enough to have teenagers. You can bet your sweet checkbook I signed up! Obviously, the man was a blatant flatterer, but I didn't care. He made me happy. My husband laughed aloud and then covered his mouth with his hand as I related this experience to him. I mean, was that necessary? And on my birthday, no less? Maybe Hubby should take some lessons from the bug guy.

In all honesty, I look back over all these years I've been given with gratitude. I'm so happy I'm not the timid girl I once was. I'm thankful for the personal growth which I've garnered over time. Big life lessons are universal in nature, I believe. Falling in love, becoming a parent, learning a skill, making a friend, rendering service, finding beauty in simple things, living one day at a time. These are ordinary, yet remarkable, experiences. They make life full and rewarding.

I still feel green and unschooled inside. I have not yet hit my prime. What would I wish for if I were blowing out my candles right now? I'd wish for another year and another after that and another still. I lift my water-beaded glass of Diet Coke with Lime and make a toast, on this, my day.

May our lives, and ourselves, become what we want them to be, and may we all have joy in the journey.

Cheers!

Supposing today was your birthday. What would you wish for?

49 comments:

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROXY!! I lift my water bottle in a toast in your honor (sorry, having lunch at work so nothing interesting like wine or champagne). Laugh lines are a sign of a good life with many more laugh lines to come!

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  2. Happy Birthday to you. I raise my cup of coffee with two sugars and two French Vanilla creamers to you and the flattering bug guy. ;)

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  3. Happy Birthday! May you laugh and enjoy always.

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  4. Happy Birthday! I used to card people in the grocery store buying alcohol and whenever I did, a lot of the ladies would thank me :)

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  5. Happy Birthday!!!! What a beautiful perspective on birthdays. I'm so happy that you enjoy life so much. Thanks for being an inspiration! :)

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  6. Happy Birthday Roxy!! You can be your sweet checkbook I woulda signed up too :)

    I hope it's a great one, and here's a double cheers to your toast. You deserve it :)

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  7. Happy Birthday! Sounds like your hubby really could take a few lessons in flattery from the bug guy. Hubby must have done something right though because you married him.

    Many happy returns of the day,

    Jai

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  8. Happy, Happy Birthday Roxy! Could your bug guy come to my door? I need some flattering.
    Have a wonderful birthday and cheers!
    You deserve every wonderful thing that comes your way!

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  9. Happy Birthday! Sometimes I really hate how old I am and wish for time to stop or rewind. But I'm also thankful for how far I've come and wouldn't want to go back, permanently anyway. A visit every now and again would be nice! LOL!

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  10. Happy Birthday Roxy! I hope you have a lovely day enjoying the Oregon-ish weather.

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  11. I'd wish for more laugh lines instead of forehead wrinkles.

    Happy Birthday, Roxy!

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  12. Happy Birthday!
    I'd wish for food in my belly, a song in my heart and love in my family. yep stolen from a kid's song 'Raffi'. Luckily I've got all that and I wish it for all sentient beings.

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  13. Happy Birthday!! Hope it's a great one!

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  14. Giant happy birthday to you! I'm sure today will be a great day for you. Enjoy!

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  15. Happy Birthday! Today is my sister's birthday too. I think I'd wish for my ankle to get better so I can come to the workshop Saturday!

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  16. Happy, happy birthday! Mine was in March and I felt exactly the way you just described - isn't it amazing how different we can FEEL in comparison to our actual age?

    I would wish for June 9th to be here so school would be out for the summer! :-)

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  17. So I'm immature. I'd wish for my very own laptop or notebook. All you wise people wishing for love and peace and all that great touchy-feely stuff must be way beyond the childish want-a-shiny-new-toy kind of wishing.

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  18. A VERY happy birthday to you, Roxy! And many more!
    If today were my birthday, I'd wish for contentment...something that is almost impossible to achieve once you've passed the age of two.

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  19. I'll toast to that!!! A very Happy Birthday to you!!!

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  20. Happy Day! I agree, even though I can't believe how old I am, I still feel like I am blooming into the person I was always meant to be. I still feel unfinished and hungry for learning and eager to experience the juiciest parts of life! I am going to go make another espresso and toast to you and to people-of-all-ages-who-still-feel-like-they're-blossiming!! : ) Cheers!

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  21. Happy birthday, Roxy! Mine's tomorrow.

    What would I wish for? I wish for everything to work out.

    i have two novels in the works, one just released, a hubby in nursing school after being laid off...so I just wish for things to work out.

    Oh, and an ice cream cake...because I've hinted at it ALLL year like I do every year and no one remembers! LOL

    Have a good one!

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  22. Happy Birthday Roxy. It was my birthday on Sunday.
    What would I wish for? Hmmm, all the things I want to come true. :)

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  23. Toasting you with an icy limeade! Huzzah! Have a very happy birthday!

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  24. Happy Birthday!! No you don't look old enough to have teenagers!!

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  25. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ROXY
    YOU ARE GREAT AND SO FOXY
    YOU ARE BLESSED WITH GOLDEN LOCKS-Y
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ROXY!

    :-)

    Take care
    x

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  26. What a beautiful post. Happy birthday and I hope you have a wonderful year. :)

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  27. Happy Happy Birthday. May all your dreams come true this year.

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  28. Happy Birthday! Enjoy the day - and the compliments from the bug guy :)

    I love your toast and would wish for something along the same line. Joy and time with loved ones.

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  29. Happy Birthday. You didn't actually post your age, did you? I don't see it. I'll just guess...35? How do you know when you're in your prime? Or, do you just know once it's past?

    My birthday...I'd wish for a date with someone interesting and good looking and good inside, or a really great new connection.

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  30. PS: I think my last word verif was the answer to your age...it was disco! No lie. too funny.

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  31. Happy Birthday!!

    I hope it was a great one - here's to you (and the bug guy) :)

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  32. H A P P Y * B D A Y ! ! ! ! !

    I like that bug guy. Can you get him to come by my house?

    If today was my birthday, I'd be having a panic attack. I'm TERRIFIED to turn 30. I don't even know if I will be able crawl out of bed that morning. Yes, it's a real fear...I'm seriously afraid.

    ~JD

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  33. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROXY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm old too.

    As much as I hate getting old, it beats the alternative.;)

    I loved this thoughtful post.
    Love,
    Lola

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  34. Happy Birthday! I hope you've had a lovely day!
    I would wish for wisdom but to never look wise!;)

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  35. Happy birthday, I wish you the very best today and always.

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  36. Happy Birthday!!!! Hope you have a great day

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  37. Thank you all for the birthday wishes. Your comments brought a big smile to my face. Indeed, I had a great day! But more about that in my next post . . .

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  38. Happy belated birthday, Roxy! Thank heavens for blatant flatterers. They make the world go round!

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  39. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Just think - another year of greatness. That's all it is. So glad you found my blog! Yours looks like lots of fun so I'm signing up as a follower.

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  40. Happy (now belated) birthday! I'm a May baby, too. My b-day is coming up in two weeks. AND I'm a committed Diet Coke drinker myself. Hmmmm. Obviously these things are related, if only in my mind.

    I just want to live long enough to be a burden on my family. Really, what more can you hope for in life, right?

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  41. Happy Happy belated Birthday! Teenagers? I have a twelve year old - I feel like I'm living on the edge, about to drop off into the abyss of teenager-land! I hear teenager-land has a giant rollercoaster!!! *eek*

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  42. Happy birthday! Wishing you more birthdays to come. Hoping you have a wonderful week filled with inspiration and laughter.
    -SEO Los Angeles

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