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  • July 21st, 2008 | 12:01 AM
A milestone birthday request from me

Today is my 50th birthday. It's a milestone that bothers some people more than others. For me it is just a number. Inside I still feel about 27. It is a time for reflection, not to see things one cannot change but just to acknowledge how far I have traveled in this life of mine and how happy I am to be where I am, living the life I am. I count having the world's greatest spouse, aka, my best friend, as one of the biggest blessings in my life and the reason I wake up every day with a smile on my face.

I am marking the day with nothing special, since it's a work day, but I would like to copy something that sartorias  did a few months ago to mark her birthday. She asked for people to share a special memory. I thought that was a wonderful way to celebrate life so I will ask the same.

If you happen to be coming by here and have a few minutes to spare, would you please help me celebrate my birthday by sharing a special memory with me? It doesn't have to be long. (And it doesn't have to be about me.)

Thank you.
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There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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July 21st, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
July 22nd, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks! You icon always makes me smile.
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July 22nd, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Melody. I very much remember you "introducing" me to your rock, Posy. I was so glad to get to know your special friend even just a little bit. Thank you for reminding me of that memory.
July 21st, 2008 10:45 am (UTC)
I knew....
...when I saw Mr.Hemingway's birthday anniversary there was something special about today....

July 22nd, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
Re: I knew....
Thanks, Slatts! Yep, me, Hemingway and Robin Williams. LOL
July 21st, 2008 11:12 am (UTC)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am looking forward to creating a memory with you when we meet for the first time next month! Hooray!

July 22nd, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
Me too!
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July 22nd, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you lovely. Our time at Chautauqua was too short but a wonderful memory for me too.
July 21st, 2008 11:41 am (UTC)
First off, happy birthday. I figured I should get that out of the way, since by tomorrow, I might forget it's your actual birthday.

A special memory: I remember sitting up late at night while visiting my aunt's condo in the mountains of New Hampshire, and seeing the moonlight sparkle on the leaves of a birch tree in a way that made it look like the tree was hung with fairy lights.
July 22nd, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
"hung with fairy lights." is a lovely image. Thank you for sharing it Kelly.
July 21st, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday to the Sweetest Susan In Town. {} I wish you a day of beauty and joy. You know. Getting back all that you give. {}

When I think of you, Susan, I instinctively dredge up the image of your long blonde hair and the photo of you bending over to kiss your dog.

But I THINK of how literary and deep you, always looking to share thoughts about our work and yours. I think of you as the rock solid foundation of any writing group I find you in-- here on LJ or in e-mail forums. You are never one to take your writing and your writing friends for granted. You are always trying to keep US in line and on track and focused. You give help and you know when to ask for your own.

I think of you surrounded by your figurines and books and your flowers. I think of you Hugging Rocks and Praying with Your Eyes open.

I think of you as a friend and colleague and I think it is absolutely insane I have never been in the same room with you.

But what's a few thousand miles between buddies? I love you, Susan. May this birthday give you a lifetime of reasons to look ahead, a lifetime of reasons to know that surely THE BEST IS YET TO COME. {}

Oh happy day to YOU,
July 22nd, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
Dear, sweet Pamela. I can feel your hug across the miles. Thank you.
July 21st, 2008 12:35 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Susan!! Congratulations on reaching this significant milestone -- 50 is nothing to sneeze at!

Today is my mom's 84th birthday, and whenever I think of her, I think about the beautiful orchids she grows in her yard, orchids she inherited from my grandmother. I know you love gardening, too, and creating beautiful natural landscapes. Thanks for beautifying LJ and have a wonderful birthday!
July 22nd, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Jama.

Orchids growing in such of lovely place is a beautiful memory. Thank you.
July 21st, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
Happy, happy birthday!

Here's my memory, a recent one:

My husband, also my best friend, turned 50 a few months ago. I threw him a big party at a nice restaurant, and more importantly ... managed to get up in front of everyone and give a little speech about him. (I hate speaking in front of groups of people.) Here are some snippets of my tribute:

He plays the trumpet.

He loves jazz, especially Miles Davis, and the endless noodling of Charlie Parker. He even taught me to appreciate jazz.

He taught me to drive a stick shift.

He makes a mean eggs-and-onions … and he brews a strong cup of coffee.

He understands that even a bookworm can be sexy.

He bought me my first computer.

He has believed in me – my writing – unfailingly.

He’s the kind of guy who laughs at fart jokes.

He’s the kind of guy who cries during “Toy Story 2,” when Jessie gets left behind by her owner.

We’ve been through the death of a parent, the birth of a child, various forms of disease and destruction, and I don’t know how many vehicles.

He’s my best friend. He’s the steel beam holding up my life. Anyone who’s been married knows that it’s hard work. We have toiled in the deepest, darkest marital mines together. But right now, we’re standing in the sunlight.

I hope that your birthday is filled with people telling you how important you are to them.


July 22nd, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
Oh that is THE. BEST. MEMORY. Thank you for sharing it with me.

That he taught you to drive a stick, he must be a saint as I know I tried the patience of many a man trying to learn how to do that and have failed (given up) every time. :)
July 21st, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday to a kindred spirit, a friend to man and animal both. Your compassion and your thoughtful comments are precious to me and I always look forward to them.

A precious memory...I often went fishing with my aunt and uncle during the summer. One time, we went night fishing and such a big fish got on my line that it yanked my rod and reel right out of my hands. I remember standing there, watching in horror as it disappeared into the water. It didn't belong to me; they had let me borrow it and it was one of their nicest ones. I went back to camp sick at heart.

Early the next morning, my uncle's nephew got up early and went back to the same spot to fish. He caught one, and as he reeled it in, it snagged on my rod and reel and he pulled both in! From them on, we had a family joke - "The biggest fish bite at night."
July 22nd, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the kind wishes.

I love your fishing memory! My grandfather was the only one who ever had the patience to fish with me because I made so much noise. I loved the IDEA of fishing, just not so much the sitting still part.
July 21st, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! Mine is tomorrow too. My memory is about how when I was a kid I found it to be very inconvenient to have a birthday on July 22nd. First, if I wanted a party, all my friends were out of town for vacation. Second, horoscopes are complicated. What are we anyway, Cancers or Leos?
July 22nd, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
I SO hear you on the no parties because of summer vacation and yes, what are we? Some newspapers make us Cancer and some Leos. Sitting on that darn cusp can be mighty uncomfortable.
July 21st, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
Special Memories: The start of our First Thursdays and how inspired I'd feel after our coffee and cake sessions. I'm looking forward to staring them back up in August!

Happy happy birthday, my friend!!!!!
July 22nd, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
That is a treasured memory of mine to - the building of our friendship.
July 21st, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! My mom swears her 50s have been way more awesome than her 40s, and I hope the same is true for you.

I don't know if this counts as a memory but I've very much enjoyed our Scrabulous games and the deep, soul-searching conversations we type to one another during them. I hope some day to meet you face-to-face, give you a big hug, and tell you how wonderful I think you are.
July 22nd, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the good wishes. I love our chats too. I think we have a phone call in our future, don't you?

And I am hoping that the 50s are as fabulous as everyone says they are!
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July 21st, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday Susan!

I remember reading your book, HUGGING THE ROCK, and thinking what an incredible writer you are. I remember being mad at Rachel's mom for not being able to appreciate the gift she'd been given, and being sad for Rachel, knowing, in a different way, a little of how she felt at times growing up.

I'm so glad you are in the LJ neighborhood, Susan. It's much brighter because of you!

July 22nd, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
Oh Lisa, I am so touched that you shared a HTR memory with me. Thank you.
July 21st, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! You are at the beginnning of a new decade -- I always prefer that. I felt much older at 39 than I did at 40, and I know I'll feel the same at 50. So enjoy being 'barely in your early fifties', and I'll join you on April 5th 2010, when we'll both be 'early fifties'. So much nicer than 'late forties', don't you think?

I love the way you have kindled my memory-fire since I've known you, Susan! For some reason your request reminded my of one of my favourites: I'm at the cottage, in one of my favourite places -- the tree-hammock just beside the front porch, looking over the lake and shaded by a huge pine. It's made of plaid blanket-cloth, with a fringe that is always tangled, and it's a bit scratchy but not scratchy enough to bother me.

It's a perfect place to sneak away from the hubbub of the dock, which is covered with people and activity, because I can watch them all from this secret perch, but they can't see me. It's cold up under the trees, out of the sun, in my wet bathing suit, so I wrap the sides of the hammock around my body. Only my head peeps out, and I can rock and dream while keeping an eye on everyone in case something exciting happens. Someone might catch a big fish, or one of the little kids might decide to jump off the diving board without a life preserver for the very first time.

Or a visitor might drop by the dock. Maybe Mr. Allen, in his shiny cedar strip boat, driven by Kelly the Irish Setter, who always rides up front with her paws on the steering wheel. Of course we know it's really Mr. Allen steering with the motor at the back of the boat, but Kelly thinks she's steering, and that's what matters.

Or maybe unexpected cousins will arrive by the road, and I'll be first to greet them. Maybe the cousins will have a girl my age, who'd like to hunt under the porch for more of the tiny china tea set. I found a tiny china cup there last week, and Cousin Marion said there was a whole set when they were young, so there could be more...or maybe I'll just close my eyes for a minute...
July 22nd, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
I love your summer memory and I can just see Kelly at the wheel of the boat! Thank you for sharing it with me.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

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