Sunday I turned fifty. As a dear friend said, "Fifty trips around the sun!" I like that.
The food was great and the champagne flowed. Hey, you don't get to be half -a-century old every day! In the middle of all the noise and celebration my brother called from Washington. "Hey, whaddaya doing?" "Well the house is *full* of people. We're having a party!" "Waytago! We'll talk later... and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!"
Eventually we assembled everyone in the front room and Frank proposed a toast:
"To Leslie on her Fiftieth Birthday. I told her recently that age is just a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter!"
People were asked to write down a special memory to share and after the toast my sons took turns reading a few.
"Early on Leslie taught me how to quilt laying down with your hoop in the air, that you can find fabric just about anywhere and how to create love and a happy home out of practically nothing." Everyone in the room seemed to say , "Ahhh..." It was so great!
I'd requested no gifts because I didn't want anyone to feel obligated. But it was great fun to see who ignored that and just *had* to give me something! In every case the gifts were quilt related.
Danielle gave me the 2009 Block-a-Day calendar. I love it! I've never had one of these...
A friend of mine was trying to help me to feel okay with turning fifty and said, "Don't worry about it, 50 is the new 30." :cD But I told him I've never been happier! Some people get black streamers and over the hill balloons for their 50th. Not me. I've never understood that. Look how good life is!
After weeks of planning and *dayz* of happy anticipation and preparation it was all over in a few short hours, I couldn't believe how fast it went. The next thing I knew people were saying good bye and I felt like I was in a receiving line in reverse. Good-bye, good-bye. Thank you for coming!
Su told me later, "Whadda party, you were shining like a new, bright penny!" It's the truth. Days later I'm still humming happily. All that love...
~ Thanks just doesn't seem to say it.