I turned the big six-0 plus 2. That’s right I am actually 62 now even though I have been saying that I was 62 for awhile now. Much like I said I was 40 for a whole year before I actually turned 40, but that was because when I told anybody I was 39, I got the smirky look and the unspoken “yeah, right, Jack Benny!” look. Anyway, Lynn and I decided a few years ago when Mag was still with us, that we should celebrate our birthdays for more than just one little day. After all, you know how time flies after 40!
So anyhoo, my birthday was August 19th and I share that birthday with several others that I know of. Last, but not first being former President Bill Clinton (now don’t hold that against me…..that’s all we have in common, except, yes, I am a democrat) but he is also two years older. Then, there’s Tipper Gore (or whatever last name she goes by now) who shares not only the same month and day but also the same year with me, along with Gerald Mcraney (Major Dad) and my old classmate, Jimbo Hale. I also have a great-nephew, Christopher Adkins, who was born on my fiftieth birthday. So I am in pretty good company on my special day.
The 19th was on Thursday this year so I spent a quiet day at home and then we went down and joined family and friends at Cheapside Park for Thursday Night Live and listened to a great band. Then on Friday night I was surrounded by my very favorite peeps at Lynn’s house for a delicious supper.
Besides my spousal-equivilent, Lowell, there were my two sons, Mark and Jason, my grandchildren, Ethan and Emily, my two bff’s Lynn and Norma and their husbands, along with Norma’s daughter, Tami and her 4 year-old daughter, Carly.
Jason fried pickles for our appetizer, followed by his famous fried chicken. Sorry, I don’t know his recipe but I do know it involves buttermilk and hot sauce. Ummm, lip smacking. Lynn did all the sides…..fresh green beans, mac n cheese, squash casserole, coleslaw, cukes and tomatoes, rolls and cornbread. Norma made a delicious peach cobbler with a pecan crust.
And yes, Jason did bake me a delicious Granny Oma Cake!
Now for the next phase of my birthday celebration, Norma, Lynn and I will have our traditional girls’ luncheon, hopefully joined by my sister Mona one day next week and then we plan to see the movie “Eat, Pray, Love”. And speaking of Mona, she wasn’t able to come to my birthday supper because she was in Pikeville at her daughter’s birthday bash. Cindy turned the big 5-0 this year. Born when I was 12, Cindy just missed my birthday by a few hours but she and I, along with my son Jason and her daughter Carolina, are all jolly rats according to Chinese astrology.
Now back to my birthday supper, the highlight of my day came when I was getting ready to blow out my candles, and everybody was yelling for me to make a wish, and I was thinking, after this wish, we’ll have go out and buy a lottery ticket, then Carly looked up at me with those big innocent eyes of hers, and said, “Wish for my daddy to come home!” Carly’s dad is in Iraq. I can’t say what I wished for that night or it might not come true. But I think you can guess what I wished for. Yes, it was a great birthday. I am so blessed with family and friends. And, Dan, we all hope you come home soon! Your family misses you!