Wednesday, September 9, 2009

"Getting old ain't for sissies." ~ Betty Davis

As I was sitting here thinking about the past year and wondering just where on earth it got off to and how it seemed like there was no way that another full year just went by, I was reminded of a quote by one of my favorite cartoonists, Charles M. Schulz - "Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed."

Ya know, that just might explain where the last year went! I figure at the rate I'm going, I'll be sixty before I even had a chance to get used to being fifty!

Even though I just spent the past year at the age of 50, with the advent of my birthday today I am now officially "in" my 50's. I know that probably doesn't seem like a big difference but when you're 50, you're still awfully close to 49 - just a short step backwards and there you are but when you're 51, if you take that step backwards you're going to have to trip over 50 before you can get back to 49. You're kind of forced to continue forward or suffer the possibility of a flat tire on the road of life.

Not that I've noticed a great deal wrong with being smack-dab square in middle age - well, except for the assorted aches and pains I suffer when trying to get out of bed in the morning, the more frequent mental lapses, and the need to want to take a nap every afternoon! Fifty really didn't seem that much different to me than forty and I rather doubt that fifty-one is going to be at all different than fifty but still ... I know that time marches on but does it really need to go double-time?? Why is it when you're a kid it seems to take forever from one Christmas to another but when you're adult you still haven't put away last year's decorations and it's time to put them up again?

Is there some sort of hole in the time space continuum, a rip in the fabric of time, silicone mixed in with the sand in the hourglass of time that causes the years to fly by as fast as they do? Why is it that when you're a kid you can't wait to be an adult but when you're an adult, you wish you had enjoyed your time more as a kid? Just why is it that when you get over the hill you begin to pick up speed? And who made the wagon we're sitting in so wobbly??

Honestly, I've got no answers but I do have some wonderful quotes about aging that I thought appropriate to share with you today as my gift to you. I'd also offer to share some cake with you today, too, but as you can see, it's no longer edible! Sorry about that! So, while you guys enjoy these quotes please excuse me, I need to go out and stock up on Geritol, Metamucil, and some good vitamins!
Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened. ~ Jennifer Yane

Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children. ~ George Bernard Shaw

In childhood, we yearn to be grown-ups. In old age, we yearn to be kids. It just seems that all would be wonderful if we didn't have to celebrate our birthdays in chronological order. ~ Robert Brault

The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left. ~ Jerry M. Wright

Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself. ~ Tom Wilson

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age. ~ Lucille Ball

Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle. ~ Bob Hope

Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life. ~ Herbert Asquith


  1. Happy Birthday, Linda!!!
    One of my favorite lines about age was from Phyllis Diller - "I want to be a sweet little old lady - with a cane full of gin!" Don't know about the gin (rum, maybe???), but I sure like her idea!
    I know of which you speak - time has gotten by so fast, sometimes I have to get out my drivers license or the calculator to remember...
    Have a very blessed birthday!

  2. have a great day girl!

  3. Happy Birthday, Linda! And if it's any consolation, 51 is only middle-aged if you intend to live to 102! bwahahahaha!

  4. Anonymous6:30 AM EDT

    Happy birthday dear friend! I thought you were 29... you mean you're not?

    ::deer in headlights look::

    Bwahahahahahahaha... I'm soon coming right behind ya... Got a few years, but I'm almost there...

  5. Happy Birthday, Linda! Welcome to adulthood...finally. Another thought about old age: it is always 20 years in the future (at 18, 38 is OLD!). So see, you are not old. You can always remain *plenty 9* if you want to. Big hugs...

  6. Happy Birthday Linda. :)

  7. I enjoy this post, Linda... you're humor will keep you 40-ish!

    Happy Birthday! :)


    It's true life gathers speed after 50 so pack as much in as you possibly can - I am! LOL

    Love all the quotes BTW

  9. hope the day was tits and you had lots of cake! the flowers from claire are lovely too!

    smiles, bee

  10. Happy Birthday my dear friend!

    Here's a quote that I love:

    First you are young; then you are middle-aged; then you are old; then you are wonderful. Lady Diana Cooper

  11. Happy Birthday! I think 51 is a great age.

  12. It's going to be a great year for you, Linda!


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