Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Face Of Sixty-One

Today is my birthday. I'm sixty-one years old today. Sometimes I still feel just like I did when I was a young child, at play, eager and learning something new every day; sometimes I still feel like I did when I was a teenager, carefree and experiencing those first innocent tastes of what adulthood and a life of responsibility would bring; sometimes I'm still the young bride who believed she would forever be with the love of her life or the young mother, who learned quickly that there were lives far more important than her own; sometimes I still feel like that woman in early middle-age, struggling with growing children, a loss of love, trying to balance family and a demanding job and the unfairness of the world; sometimes I actually feel my own age, appreciative with thankfully only a few aches and pains and more thankfully only a handful of regrets; sometimes **gasp** I feel even older, bent and tired when I let the aches and pains and regrets get to me! The only thing that surprises me anymore is how quickly time seems to move and just how inhumane human beings can actually be towards one another. But those are topics for another day.

Today, I am posting a picture of me. Okay it's not really the face of sixty-one as it was taken almost three years ago... but I really haven't changed that much in less than three years and I don't have a more recent photo that was professionally taken. I will admit that it helps to know your way around Paint Shop Pro (or Photoshop if that is your graphic weapon of choice). A little gaussian blur blend layer works for most portraits. This photo was done by Olan Mills for our church directory so it needed only a slight blur. I used it with a scrap tutorial that came through one of my groups. I seldom, if ever, use photos of me to do these things with and decided that I would post this for my birthday when it came around.

So here I am, looking life square in the eyes!

Tomorrow is my granddaughter Emily's birthday. She will be 14. I'm going to their house in Bossier City for a combined birthday celebration and Easter dinner and to make Emily a chocolate pie (yes, from scratch, the one from my good old standby Betty Crocker cookbook) with meringue piled as high as we make it! My son John will be there too. My daughter and granddaughters in Florida will call. How I wish they could be there in person too. I hate the distance that separates us, but learned after moving away from my family and hometown years ago, that distance doesn't change how much you love one another only how often you get to see each other.

What advice do I have to offer after sixty-one years? Just to look life square in the eyes and to take each day as it comes. I really wish I was better at that!

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Blogger Mercedes said...

Happy Birthday to you! I so agree with your statement: "The only thing that surprises me anymore is how quickly time seems to move and just how inhumane human beings can actually be towards one another".
This is so true and sad. What a scary & crazy place our world is turning out to be. Have fun at your Easter/Birthday celebration tomorrow! Thanks for your kind words to Patch & I! WOOF!

Saturday, March 22, 2008 at 9:25:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Mommy!!! I love you.

We are so glad you live close enough that we can get together. I...umm, errr..Emily...can't WAIT for that chocolate pie!

Drive safe tomorrow.
Dee Dee Doll

Saturday, March 22, 2008 at 10:23:00 PM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Mimi. It's Sarah, another year older ahy???

Saturday, March 22, 2008 at 10:36:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Marsha said...

Dee Dee Doll,

I am glad that we can get together too... and if you think your ruse about Emily really had me fooled, well... let's just say I know who usually has the chocolate mustache!

Saturday, March 22, 2008 at 10:40:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Marsha said...

Hey Sarah! Thank you for signing my blog and for the birthday wishes! And yes, I am another year older, thank you so much for pointing that out! lol

see you tomorrow sweetie!

Saturday, March 22, 2008 at 10:41:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Judy Thomas said...

Happy Birthday, fellow birthday-girl! I'm sorry I'm late posting this. I hope you have a wonderful Easter with your family.

Sunday, March 23, 2008 at 7:20:00 AM CDT  
Blogger Gill said...

A belated Happy Birthday! I hope you had a wonderful celebration with your family. I love the photo!

Monday, March 24, 2008 at 9:33:00 AM CDT  
Blogger . . . Dallas Meow . . . . >^^< . . . said...

well, you're gorgeous.
I know what you mean about sometimes feeling the same. When my daughter first brought 13 going on 30 for us to watch I told her it WAS LIKE THAT OFTEN. Maybe not 13, but 17 was just a couple of years ago - I swear!
How did so much happen in a few years!?!?
How did 30 years pass????

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at 5:07:00 PM CDT  
Anonymous Bobbie said...

A great post, Marsha. I can relate... ;-}

Happy Birthday, and many more.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at 4:13:00 PM CDT  

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