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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Birthday Break

A rather momentous birthday for me this year as today is the last birthday I'll celebrate in this decade of my life.

Where have all the years gone?

I do have feel some sadness today. This will be the first birthday I celebrate without my dearest aunt wishing me "Happy Birthday." My parents are long gone: my mother in 1987 and my father in 1998. For me, the hardest part about growing older is losing the ones whom I love.

This evening when I get home from work, Mr. AOW and I plan to celebrate the actual date at home, possibly with carry-out from Outback Steakhouse. Mr. AOW doesn't feel like going out much these days. Winter hibernation? Brain healing? Whatever it is, he has been quite lethargic the past several weeks.

Over the weekend, I have a lot to do. I'll be attending a play in which commenter MJB has the lead role. Also over the weekend, Mr. AOW and I will be visiting with my cousin, a United States Marine, who will soon be deploying to Afghanistan. And, of course, I have to deal with my malfunctioning desktop.

All the above to say that I'll have a limited presence here in the blogosphere for the next few days.


  1. Happy Birthday OAW!
    Many happy returns wish you lots of happiness and good health.

    Some nice music to share with Mr AOW.


  2. Happy Birthday, my friend. You're not getting older, you're getting better.

    (yes, I know it's trite, but it's optimistic)

  3. Mark,
    You're too kind!

    Thank you for the birthday wishes.

  4. Happy Birthday as well! Thanks for all of your support!

  5. A special B-Day wish for you "young lady" with many more to come!

  6. AOW:

    Happy, Merry Birthday!

    I am thankful to know you, if only through c-space....

    You and Mr. AOW have been 'wandering in the desert' sooo much in the past year, I don't blame either of you for mild depression.

    There is an upside--always. You are both alive, and still showing each other (and the rest of us) how great love can overcome such huge obstacles!

    The arrival of Spring will help you both--and a lovely dinner sounds delish!

    It's not how old one may be, but what is in their hearts that keeps them young!


  7. So you are going to turn 40 are you! hahahhaa.

    Happy Birthday young lady!!!!

  8. Happy Birthday and enjoy the takeout. A lot of times when me and my wife get time alone we eat at home. It is nice to be able to talk without all of the noise of a restaurant.

  9. Happy birthday. When spring gets here and you can get out, it will lift your spirits some more. I promise.

  10. I know you are fundamentally an optimistic person, AOW, so no one can begrudge you a little melancholy indulgence. Milestones are a time to remember, and as each year passes, many of those in our more cherished memories have fallen away...

    Happy Birthday!

  11. AOW, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you! i hope warm memories of your aunt make you smile today and always. i'm guessing here but, you've turned 29, yes?


    today is a good day for me to say thank you for being a good blog friend. i appreciate your constant intelligence and occasional humor. (((HUGS!)))

    also, please accept my belated condolences for your loss.

  12. Happy Birthday, AOW. Enjoy your dinner and toast your aunt because she's sitting right next to you :-)

  13. Someone once observed that wisdom doesn’t always come with age —sometimes, age just shows up all by itself. Not in your case though. My best wishes to you on your birthday, AOW. Remember that the secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.

  14. ===" Where have all the years gone? "===

    I really don't know !
    But,thank you for this one !..

    Happy Birthday AOW and many Happy Returns !



  15. Happy Birthday dear friend. If we are blessed to live to be your age then that is a blessing in and of itself when you consider all the children and young ones that die young never to live life to its full potential. I would say you have a lot to be happy about.

    We all face loss in our lives, the loss of child, a parent, grandparents. Yes, it is sad, but it is a part of life. There are several people I know who have lost parents while at a very young age. I cannot imagine that. I have lost a child. so dear one, this is not some exclusive club - it is a part of life like it or not.

    The Bible is clear, "We are appointed ONCE to be BORN, and ONCE to Die."

    For now, life goes on for all of us. Enjoy it, thank God for it. There is a time to grieve and time to rejoice. Rejoice in your life. None of us skate through like a breeze and life is too transient to waste on looking backwards, move forward, go on. Your loved ones would and would want you to do so also. What choice is there and I know you are not one to wallow yourself in sorrow, though we could all do that!

    So have a happy and blessed birthday with your lovely dear hubby! We love you here!

    me xo

  16. Look for an e-card from me in your e-mail box!!! xxoo

  17. Happy Birthday AOW. You and I have different birth dates, but we will both celebrate the same "momentous" birthday this year. Scary isn't it?

    Hubby and I were watching something on TV, and a sudden wave of sadness swept over me. A feeling of loss for things gone by. We give up little pieces of ourselves as we grow older, things we can't or don't do any more, things that we might have done different. Yet we have all those years of wisdom and memories, and more memories to make.

    Do something special for yourself today.

    Right Truth

  18. Happy Birthday, friend! I know the older we get the more we miss those around us who have passed, but look at it this way... growing old beats the alternative.

  19. Just to let everyone know that I am checking comments at my blog -- in between desperately getting some school work done while my desktop is still limping along. Not the best way to be celebrating my birthday, I know.

    I hope to purchase and get up and running a new desktop soon.

    I will be checking back in as circumstances here allow.

  20. Happy B-day! I'm thinking 29 as well. Enjoy your day.

  21. Happy Birthday AOW. I notice you didn't tell your age. Don't fret, I don't ever tell mine either, and I'm not even female.

  22. Happy b-day, AOW! I know that things may not be the same for you, but I hope you have a great one. :-)

  23. Happy Birthday, AOW. "Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you're a cheese."

  24. In one more year, I'll be 60 years old. Yikes! As long as I dye my hair, I don't look my age. I hope.

  25. Next month, I'll be "Yikes" + 3 !...
    I don't dye my hair, and don't look my age !...

    But my brain will be - "Yikes" x 3 !!!

    Dig it ?

  26. AOW, don't worry you look a lot younger than you really are. And Happy Birthday!

  27. Wildstar,
    Thanks for the compliment.

    One reason I look younger (besides my father's genes): I love what I do for a living! Plus, I have a short, stress-free commute to work -- usually, that is.

  28. Because we seem to agree on so much, and have much the same taste in Music, art, and movies, I always assumed you and I were pretty close to the same age.

    I was wrong. I am almost 3 months older than you!

  29. Is it that time again already?!?

    You have a wonderful birthday, AOW!

  30. I'm a day late AOW, but happy, happy birthday. I understand the feeling of birthdays celebrated without those who have been around for all the special days in our life. Your aunt would have wanted you to hoot and holler and have a beautiful day.

  31. I like the Dali painting. I used to own a limited edition print of a Dali, bot h print and painting signed by Dali, but lost it somewhere between marriages.


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