Today I am 64 years old.
I usually don't remember how old I am on my birthday but this year I know in one more year I will be 65 and entitled to more benefits. It is a goal of mine to reach 65, after all the years I paid for these benefits I want to be here long enough to enjoy them!!
As I walked into the living room this morning, I was greeted with streamers and balloons. I can see that my grand daughter was busy last night! She makes everyone feel special on their birthday!
A lot has happened this year.
There were certainly times that I didn't think I would be here to celebrate this birthday, but SURPRISE, I am here to blow out the candles on my pineapple upside down birthday cake! (Well, maybe someone else will blow them out for me.!)
I lost my best friend to cancer this year, that was hard and sometimes I wonder why I am still here, but then my new grand daughter was also born this year. I guess the good Lord still plans for me yet. I would like to be here until my grand daughter reaches her 18th birthday, but that is not up to me.
In-the-mean-time, I am grateful for each birthday I get to celebrate and intend to enjoy the time I have here.
I bought myself a new bathing suit.
(I didn't think I would ever get in the water again!) All I need yet is a styrofoam cooler to float my 02 in. It will be tricky, but where there is a will there is a way!! My doctor says he wishes more of his patients were like me. Many people give up thinking things are too hard to do. I know the day will come when I can't do these things but until then, I'm not going to let anything stop me. In February, I couldn't walk from one room to another and now I am going swimming (well really, I will just be floating around in my chair, but I WILL be in the water!)
My sister and I are planning to go to a Bed and Breakfast by the sea in September for a weekend, I can't wait! It means bringing my 02, nebulizer, C pap machine, and my wheelchair, but she doesn't mind and I will be pampered for a weekend! My brother is taking my sister and I out for lunch and I think that I am very lucky to have such great family and friends in my life!
Outside my door here at the old stone house, there is a stepping stone that contains this message:
"COME GROW OLD WITH ME, THE BEST IS YET TO BE."
So who knows what this year holds in store for me. I thank God for the past year and I value each and every day I am blessed with!
Hope you all have a great day!!
Tish ----- July 17, 2007