I'm 49 today! One more year until I am 50!
I woke in the wee hours this morning (around 4:30) and lay there pondering. I got to thinking about being 49, and a theme for the year emerged in my head. The 49-ers flocked to California searching for gold, and in certain ways that's an apt metaphor for me. The gold I am searching for is enduring truth and love. I know that there is a lot of pyrite, false gold, out there in our culture. I want to get back to what is authentic and pure, what is really a gift from God instead of a cheap substitute. I know that the gold in my life needs to be refined, which takes heat and pressure. I am learning to stand strong when difficulties come, which they do with alarming regularity in a family our size. :-) I hope I'll be at least a little better person for it. A few years ago I decided that by my 50th birthday next year, I want to compile a digital memoir called "Pilgrimage and Jubilee" with poems, essays, and photos from my first 50 years. A little here, a little there, maybe I'll get it done.
I had a lovely start to my birthday when the "real" morning finally arrived. My oldest daughter Mary had invited me out to breakfast at Denny's.
We both ordered Grand Slams with pancakes, hash browns, scrambled eggs and chicken sausage. (It's a golden breakfast, in various shades!)
|Roses from my husband|
My dad's birthday is today, too! He is 76. Maybe his theme for the year should be trombones in the big parade?
I guess that's about it for now!