The following was written on the occasion of my 55th birthday party. I celebrated with a group of friends and family at a mini golf course in the L.A. area.
Thanks for coming to my birthday party! What can I say about turning 55 (Sheesh!) At least I can admit it! Why mini golf? Well, it is been a part of my life for as long as I remember. I had a birthday party at a course when I was a kid. And played with my family quite often over the years. When I got together with my partner, now my husband, I introduced him to it also. We even got to introduce the game to his sister and nephew when they were visiting from Boston one time. I have even played courses in 2 other states also.
This has been an interesting year. First, my job nearly burned down. Thankfully it got put out right away, and there was not any major damage. Second, I ended up spending a night in the ER. The old pain in your arm and your chest thing. And thankfully, I was fine from that too. Believe it, the doctors and nurses really do their jobs with minimal drama (unlike my favorite TV docs on Grey’s Anatomy).
I realize this may be the last year of any brown hair for me. But hey, on the flip side I am turning into a silver fox — thank you Mom! I will continue to march to the beat of my own drum. I will sing and dance along to my favorite songs — even if a lot of them are 30-40 years old now! I will rock the status quo and not be afraid to stand up for what I believe in.
I plan on continuing to be an inspiration — by living my life openly and honestly. I will continue to see the beauty in everyday life — from the chirp of my bird, to seeing flowers on my way to work and hearing my husband snore during the night. I will continue being grateful and thankful for the love and support of family and friends (like you). Now, Let’s have some fun! Be sure to take lots of photos and share them on Facebook. Thanks for coming.
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