Half a Century


I never thought I’d make it this far. There was once or twice in my life I almost didn’t. I’m so glad I did!

Yes, this is a picture of me at age 3. This explains a lot… like why I still don’t like to wear dresses. Obviously, I never did! This was taken before my biological mother died and was one of the pictures that my father and step- chose to keep from me until I was an adult. (Little did they know, I snuck around in my teens and found the “stash” – pictures of myself and my mother.)

I can remember a black and white television that was 19” and by God, we were lucky to have it! I remember 8-track tapes and mullets (before “Joe Dirt” made them memorable to the younger generation). I remember the Beatles and JFK and getting to stay up late to watch a man walk on the moon. Yes, all in black and white. I remember the “stereo console” that came in the big wooden cabinet (real wood!) with a turntable that my parents played Montovanti and Gleason on during the dinner meals and Nat King Cole at Christmas. I remember an Easy Bake Oven and Barbie and a new blue bicycle under the tree. With baskets. And a bell.

I remember it all. The good and the bad.

Why is it I don’t feel it’s been a half a century? I mean, I can sense time passing when I look at my children and remember them all as little bitty things – which they no longer are – but me? No! Except for the occasional twinge in the back or crackle in the knees, I still feel …oh, at least half this age! I’m not very active, but then – I never was! I still love music and reading and writing and crafts and critters and you … and it goes without saying, my ever-so-loving family. I’m not exactly the same as I used to be – who would want to be? I’m much better now. (My family will understand that comment.) But in my mind? I’m still a kid. I still have lots of things I want to do.

I want another 50 years. ‘kay?

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Sue

Middle-aged. Anti-social. Mom. Grandma. Town-raised farmer's wife. Iowan. Want more? Come read the blogs.

14 thoughts on “Half a Century”

  1. How adorable is that photo? 🙂 Are you telling us it’s your birthday!?
    With all the love you’re surrounded with, I bet another 50 yrs is in the bag.
    XO
    sizz

  2. Happy Birthday, Sue. You’re a damn neat person and I’ve enjoyed our little internet friendship.
    My advice to you on your 50th? Do the things you want to do. Plan them now. There will always be another crop cycle. You’re healthy, kids are good, financials are up a bit… etc. Have fun. 🙂


  3. As Sheriff John used to sing:
    Put another candle on my birthday cake
    We’re gonna bake a birthday cake
    Put another candle on my birthday cake
    I’m another year old today
    I’m gonna have a party with my birthday cake
    Come on and take some birthday cake
    Put another candle on my birthday cake
    I’m another year old today
    We’ll have some pie and sandwiches
    and chocolate ice cream too
    We’ll sing and play the day away
    and one more thing I’m going to do
    I’ll blow out the candles on my birthday cake
    and when I do, a wish I’ll make
    Put another candle on my birthday cake
    I’m another year old today
    ……..
    Put another candle on my birthday cake
    We’re gonna bake a birthday cake
    Put another candle on my birthday cake
    I’m another year old today
    I’m gonna have a party with my birthday cake
    Come on and take some birthday cake
    Put another candle on my birthday cake
    I’m another year old today
    We’ll have some pie and sandwiches
    and chocolate ice cream, too
    We’ll sing and play the day away
    and one more thing I’m going to do
    I’ll blow out the candles on my birthday cake
    and when I do, a wish I’ll make
    Put another candle on my birthday cake
    I’m another year old today
    Happy birthday to you
    I’m another year old today.

  4. Happy HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SUE!
    We had a big stereo console, too, with a turntable in the center (You lifted the hinged top to lay a record into it.)
    Have a spectacular day!

  5. Happy, Happy Birthday! What a cute little 3 year old… I am 10 years behind you and also remember many of those things… here’s to another 50!!

  6. Happy birthday! Hope you enjoyed your day!
    The Mominator’s is Christmas Eve…
    I haven’t mailed your pkg – hopefully tomorrow – so it may arrive AFTER Christmas.

  7. Happy (belated) Birthday, Sue! I am not so worried about getting older since I have seen my Mom go through it and she does not seem “old” to me!
    Oh ya, Becky sent me!

  8. Happy Belated, Birthday, sweet lady.
    And 50? I say “pfffftttt”. I’ll be 62 my next. Still feelin’ frisky.

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