Some things in life we can control. Aging is certainly not one of them. Whether I wanted to or or not, at 3:10 a.m. this morning I entered a new decade. Sixty happened! I usually wake up around 3 a.m. but set an alarm just to be sure not to miss my official entry in to my sixties. Jim sang Happy Birthday to me at exactly 3:10 a.m.!
Wait! Me? Sixty? How on earth can that be? Seems only yesterday I as enjoying life surrounded by my older family members, well loved and protected by them. Now I am Nana to adult grandchildren.
Over my sixty years I have been so blessed with a loving family. Growing up we were far from wealthy by monetary standards, but when it came to feeling loved, no amount of money could match that. Along my life path there have been joys and there have been sorrows. I know I was a bit of a challenge as a teen and I was glad I had the chance to make that up to mom and dad! Marriage, kids and grandkids brought joy and of course challenges. Mistakes? Oh yes, made quite a few of those. But we pick ourselves up and move on.
As we get older it is easy ponder how differently you would have lived life if you had the wisdom you have now when you were in your twenties. BUT if I would change things from the past I would not be where I am today. I would not have the people in my life I have now. Mistakes are life’s lessons. So I rejoice in the fact I have made it to a new decade carrying the triumphs and scars with me as trophies.
Since my parents passed, mom in 1992 and dad in 2000, birthdays are bittersweet. It is the time of the year I miss them and my grandparents the most. They always made my day so very special. I can remember the anticipation as my birthday would approach. My parties were held at my grandparents across the street so I knew searching for presents in my house was futile. All day I would look forward to when we would finally go to my grandparents.
TRADITION! For as long as I remember my birthday dinner was hog maw and in place of a cake, pumpkin pie wore the candles. After my grandmother passed my mom made this meal for me even when I was an adult. When mom was no longer able to do this, my oldest daughter carried on the tradition. My husband and I are looking forward to going to her house tonight to celebrate with the family.
Beside a family gathering, my husband and I always go off on some adventure somewhere. Usually a day trip to a favorite spot, shopping and dinner is the itinerary. We did that Friday. Along the way we picked up Birthday treats at Shuey’s Pretzels and Wertz Candies in Lebanon. Next week’s menu; salad and water!
Sixty happened! I have made some choices recently to focus more on time with hubby and enjoying my hobbies and not as much time volunteering. Balance! I have many interests when it comes to crafts and hobbies, but the one hobby that has been consistent since I was young is my love of family history. I am sure that grew from being an only child and spending most of my time in the company of my older relatives. I loved sitting and listening to their stories. Currently I am working on reorganizing my years of collecting data and photos so when my time here is done my kids will find a good history of family lines.
Related to my genealogy, I am very proud to be part of The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). In the past year I was so busy with other things I made very few events. Choices made recently allow me the time to be active again with The Colonel James Smith Yorktown Chapter. I attended the September meeting and then yesterday joined my DAR Sisters to celebrate Constitution Day. Our Chapter was the host for the region this year. This meant we didn’t have to travel far and we gathered at the Roosevelt Tavern in York. One more fun thing making my birthday weekend special. I have made some wonderful friends with this group, and they don’t get tired of talking about genealogy!
While my body does remind me of my age at times, I will stick with my mind which still thinks I am young! Staying positive, spending time with those I love and doing things I enjoy will help me embrace this aging thing. And hey, I now get even more Senior Citizen discounts!
Sixty happened. Life is good!