Wednesday, November 12, 2008

It’s My Birthday and I’ll Cry If I Want too!

My 60th birthday was Monday, November 10th. I was watching the CBS Today show and they were showing the lifestyle and the highlights of the 60’s. It did bring tears to my eyes to think I had lived through many a historic moment. At the time, it was just LIFE growing up and shared moments….

Staying up late with my father to watch the first man walk on the moon. We marveled at the feat.

Getting up early with my Mother and standing with a crowd at the Sears entrance waiting for it to open so we could rush in to search for bargains.

My Mother letting my sister and I take a day off from school and going to the movies and watching Gone With the Wind….sobbing and eating Bons Bons.

Watching the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show and my parents shaking their heads.

Going to the high school dance and the band “The Spiders” playing great tunes as my girlfriends and I were drooling over there band manager. Oh by the way, “The Spiders” changed their name to “Alice Cooper”.

Watching the election of JFK, watching the funeral of JFK and crying.

Watching Martin Luther King give his “I Have a Dream” speech on TV, hearing the sad news he had been killed.

The Vietnam war, the protests, hippies and more.

Lots of memories and the small wonderful times with my Mother, my Father, my Grandpa, my Grandmother. Oh so many other memories that elude me and I wish I could recall. What I do know is I’m becoming my Mother and now understand the things she told me. I used to scoff and laugh at her warnings that life is short and so I should get up and get moving. :}

One important thing I have learned as I get SOOO OLD ha ha is that friends make my life so much better. I enjoy the camaraderie and the inspiration that each friend brings into my life. So I am crying tears of joy to know that somehow I have been blessed to find a wonderful circle of friends that support and inspire and make me laugh. How great it is to have friends that not only remember your birthday but spend time with you and make more valuable memories.

On Monday Maryam invited me to a little store, Chuao, Chocolatier for a yummy birthday celebrate. Melanie and Elena made it a party. Gelato, chocolate….. such fun.

Maryam gave me this cute bag…can you see the sparkly bird pin? Inside the bag glass slides for my soldering……can’t wait to try that again :}

Melanie made me this beautiful memo board…’s hard to see the details but it is gilded with buttons and beads. She painted the cork board a whitish beige and laid on ribbon and pearls. Can’t wait to hang this in my new studio

Tuesday, November 11 more celebrating for me. Lucky me………Bonnie and Jane took me to lunch and we did some shopping at Solo in Solano Beach. What a wonderful shop.
Look at these little Santos hands we found there…cute huh?

Presents? Yes there were lots. Bonnie gave me …….wait for it…….
The book “Where Women Create” WoNdErFul…more, yes, Bonnie made me a spring bracelet in my favorite colors….pink! More??? Yes, Clear Impressions rubber stamps…lovely. oh my I’m crying again ha ha

At lunch Jane shared some the things she has been working on……..check this out…..need better pics but these cards can be printed on your printer, embellished and tied together with strips of material and beads and used as garland on a tree, put on the wall, put on a package…ideas endless………..what a fantastic idea!

Lookey, looky what Jane made for my birthday………this little girl is a pinhead…no I’m not being mean…….she has an actual pincushion in her head…….cool huh Jane said I should name her so I am naming her BICKIE. Bickie? You ask why! Or maybe or didn’t but you still get to read the explanation…ha ha

The other day I was watching Oprah and she had Hugh Jackman on talking about the movie Australia with Nicole Kidman. He brought biscuits for the audience. These are basically shortbread cookies…….in Australia they call them Bickies……The name stuck ha ha Like it? I do :} Wow, when you’re old you just go on and on but I had to tell you the story :}

If I overlooked a moment or gift in this post, forgive me I’m 60!!!!! Ha ha

Memories make me cry but that is not necessarily a bad thing on my birthday. It WAS my birthday and I’ll cry if I want too :} Thank you all my friends I hope you know how special you are and how I am sincerely happy to know YOU.

Hey, It's my party and I'll cry if I want! Do you know who sang that song? Be the first one to email me and I'll send you a Prize :}


Anonymous said...

Did Leslie Gore sing this? To have friends is like nothing other!


Sandra Lee said...

Happy Birthday To You! What a wonderful gift to have such sweet friends to share everyday with. Isn't it funny how we do end up using the wisdom our mothers gave us when we were growing up...I love the things my mom and I share now. What a circle of love we all weave. You are definitely YOUNG AT HEART! Hope to see you soon.

Melanie said...

Hey, I love Alice Cooper! See, he transcended generations... ;) I am so lucky to have a friend like you, you're a wonderful woman with many talents and memories to share!!

Sandy Michelle said...

Happy belated birthday girl and you are NOT old! 60 is the new 40! Awww I shed a few tears myself when I read about your memories! Your birthday goodies are just delightful!!


KayEllen said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!!
Hope you spoiled yourself:)

My Birthday was 17th:)
Time marches on..if we like it or not!!!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving:)

Bet's Crayons said...

Happy Birthday, Jackie!

Oh, I remember Lesley Gore singing that song in 1963! What does that tell you? I'm in that same group with you...sharing all the memories and the history of years past.

I wouldn't trade a moment of it...and it's so nice we have a way to look up our history so we can reminisce and share with each other (in case the brain forgets!)

Thanks for sharing your day. It sounds like you had a great time and I wish I could have joined you.