Monday, November 27, 2006

Sixty



Forty years ago my cousin took this picture of a young mother-to-be. Very young. (that would be the upper picture :0) Sitting here in my older but wiser self, it's a bit of a consolation to know that as pleasant as it would be to step back into that young body - there is NO WAY I would do it without THIS brain. At sixty - as of November 29 - it's a lifetime of learning the ways of patience, acceptance and love that softens the assault of age. Family and friends are the hearth, close to which the heart leans, that warms our winter years and reminds one of the Spring that may still be clasped in memory's timeless dream.

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16 comments:

Anonymous said...

There is NO WAY that you are 60, you barely look 40. Please tell me there was heavy duty photo editing done on that picture.

Anyway, despite being extremely jealous of your timeless, ageless beauty, I wish you a very happy birthday.

Rurality said...

60 is the new 40, don't you know! ;) Happy birthday. Beautiful pics!

Anvilcloud said...

I'm rapidly getting there too, and I agree that where we are is a good place to be. I wonder if we'll always be able to say that NOW is the best time of ourlives?

Cathy said...

dmmgmfm - I LOVE YOU! C'mon, though. Look at the hair color - the upward thrust chin (good-bye jowls:0) - How many pixes do you suppose I took before this one made it onto my blog? I'm not bright enough to do that kind of photo-editing, cause I'd have done something with those saggy eye lids :0) Thanks for the birthday wish.

Cathy said...

Rurality - Thanks so much for the wish and the kind compliment. And for the darling puppy that shows up when you do :0D


Anvilcloud - One can hope that NOW will always be 'the best' as our life's trajectory continues toward some unseen horizon. I sometimes lean in melancholy directions, but generally I try to say "Yes. Yes. This moment is the Best."

Cuppa said...

Happy Birthday "old girl"! You look Scintillating At Sixty!!!!!

Cathy said...

Awww, Cuppa - you're a sweetie. Thanks.

Bonita said...

I detect just a bit of playfulness in this "60's" image. It is lovely and delightful. You mention the word 'melancholy' in a comment above, and I think this trait is a blessing at times; without it all good poetry wouldn't be written. There is something sacred about melancholy.

Cathy said...

Bonita, Of course, you are right - about the fun I was having getting this picture and about melancholy as one of poetry's sources. I don't find someone acknowledging the experience of melancholy as 'off-putting', but it can send some people running for the door. I figured I'd be safe here :0D

Dan Dessner said...

The young Cathy is a smokin' hottie but I love the older one, the one I know and admire. Happy Bday, many, many more returns of the day each better than the others.

Cathy said...

Dan - You make an old lady's heart smile. "Hottie" - well. . . maybe so, but I sure am glad you love the 'me' we're stuck with :0) I love you too.

LauraHinNJ said...

Hey - Happy Birthday Cathy! It looks like your sixty years have been very good to you.

Anonymous said...

I don't care what you say about your hair color or upward thrust chin, you are gorgeous.

Casey said...

Oh, Cathy!--what can I say, friend? Sixty is the new twenty-nine.

Daisy-Winifred said...

Well on to the 61st year!, grand aint it. Seems to me the Cathy I lnow i still as 'hot' as ever in fact the heat is far more intense as heart and mind has embraced and transformed whilst accepting and creating over the passing numbers.
May your Birth Day have been one of laughter and love which will carry you through the moments to come with the intent of heart and mind that gives othes reason to smile when they feel the heat:0) Much love

Cathy said...

Laura, dmmgmfm, Casey,- Daisy -

You are all so dear - and have really brightened a rather dreary day. Thanks so much friends.