Sunday, February 15, 2009

Happy Birthday to me...aged old 55!!!

I am today 40 years older than what i was when this photo was taken of me holding my youngest sister Annie (who everyone calls Jackie). I was 15 then. A few months before this photo was taken my dad was killed by a drunk driver...

Its odd to look at yourself so young and reflect. I have to say that with all that has happened in these 40 years the good times, the fun and the laughter have meant that the balance more than tips on the side of happiness. In a few hours my eldest daughter Melissa and her husband Chris will arrive...its been such a long time since the girls visited the house. Its easier for me to go to them these days. And wouldn't you know it, I now have water lying over the road, and rain is supposed to bucket down for the next few days. A shame it didn't come a week earlier...how different things would have been in Victoria it it had...

No good doing the what if's?

My youngest gave me a beautiful ring with four hearts in its centre. We are going to have it engraved with the four initials of our little family. It wasn't cheap and my first reaction was "What on earth did you eat for the past weeks?"

I have wonderful kids. I have wonderful kids. I could say this again. I will. I have wonderful kids.

Got some great pressies, my eldest sister veronica gave me a shopping voucher. Another sister gave me a painting she did of my new cat...a book and a man's nightie...I am very practical that way...Its what i wanted. The sister I am holding gave me a photo of her three little blondies...Alison gave me the ring, some special lolliesmmmm, A really good coffee mug and a bamboo set of chimes. Alison as usual made a beautiful card for me, and wrote in her special way some lovely things...straight to the heart...a few tears.

They were worried about me because I would be by myself most of the day...but they need not have worried...its been a lovely rainy Sunday..time to reflect. I have so much and after trying to get a grasp on what happened in Victoria, I will never feel sorry for myself ever again. just to be alive and breathing means I am heaps better off than so many.

18 comments:

Cazzie!!! said...

Happy Happy Birthday, you are one wonderful lady and I really hope your day is just great!

Mallard said...

Happy Birthday :)

Sling said...

Happy Birthday MC! :)

Linda J said...

That photo looks like you were 15 going on 22! no wonder you were married so young Therese! ;-0
Happy birthday!

Mom said...

Happy birthday. So glad you had a good day.

Anne said...

Happy Birthday!!

You do have wonderful kids, but in turn they have a wonderful mum:-)

Wanna_B_slimmer said...

Happy Birthday gorgeous!!!
Photos of the pressies!! Especially the ring..sounds gorgeous!

JahTeh said...

55, I remember 55 but now I'm heading down the wrong side of 60 but I wouldn't go back for anything.

Happy Wet Birthday.

Random Thinker said...

Happy Birthday!

jin said...

Happy Happy Birthday Therese!!!

Here's some chocolate cake topped with roses that won't go stale by the time you get it. ;-)


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FoxyMoron said...

Sorry I missed your special day, hope it was happy and I'm sure it was once Melissa and her hubby got there.

Pressies sound lovely, especially your ring, can you take a picture of it? It sounds gorgeous.

Happy Belated Birthday Therese!!

Jules said...

Hope you had an absolutely special day, sounds like it was already before the rest of the family arrived. I wish you the most relaxing and fun filled year. I hope you enjoy every minute and know that you are one hell of a lady!! Love to you

Maybe you should get a tattoo. Only reason I say this is the word verification was "inkedi"!!!

Sara said...

Happy birthday!!! Glad to hear you got presents and rain. :)

Janene said...

A belated happy birthday to you young lady!!

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Middle Child said...

Cazzie thank you muchly...I had a lovely day...it was perfect and I am a very lucky little vegemite... I know that.

Mallard thank you...

Sling thank you as well

Linda J...that was always my problem hit puberty young...but was pretty quiet till i left home at 17...

caroline said...

happy belated birthday!!!!

Middle Child said...

Mom...thankee very much

Anne..I know...sometimes it suprises me how good they are

Wanna b slimmer..The ring was precious because of the thought behind it...four hearts on it...our little family, Don, me, melissa and Alison...such a nice thing to do.

JIn...I can taste your cake from here...so good what a legend of a chef you are.



Randomr Thinker...Thankee muchly



Jahteh...55 is okay as will be 60...better being on the right side of the grass than anything I reckon.


Foxymoron...Oh the RING...the ring will post it was a beautiful thought...

Jules...Don had a tattoo of a Hummingbird on his left forearm...it started as a little one and grew...have been seriously thinnking o9f soing one similiar on my left forearm but with the letters of all our names in it...


Sara thank you muchly


and
Janene thank you very much