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It’s My Happy 51st Birthday Today!

My life is so good now! Thanksgiving always brings home how real that good is. And today I turn 51.

I’m grateful, I look good these days, better than I did in college. Mom has always looked much younger than her calendar age, and I got good genes in that department!

EudoraAladdinsThe gray hair (which I do not cover up) is beautiful, if you ask me… I earned every one the hard way. Each is a badge of courage and learning.

Here is a photo of me performing as Eudora (at New Aladdin’s Restaurant). The photo was taken this spring. This is what 50 looks like, at least on me.

I wish I had some photos of me in college. I gained about 35 pounds in just over a year. I was a very unhappy person and food comforted me. But if you could see the photos of me at 20, you would understand how delightful it is for me to feel well and lovely at this time in my life.

No, I’m not old yet. However, many of us yearn for youth and I am not one of those people.

I shared this one last year, but it is the only photo I seem to have of myself as a young person which is in digital form. I believe it was taken on my 18th birthday (before my large weight gain).

I was just a kid. I liked “costuming” even back then, can you tell?

I am here to tell you, though, that I would not go back for any amount of money. Youth, for me, was a time of turmoil and angst. Thank goodness I was born an optimist, so I did not notice how much upset I had and how little I laughed. I thought things were pretty good, and that got me through.

Please Join Me for Birthday Dinner/Fun

Anybody out there who is in driving distance… come on down to Altu’s Ethiopian Cuisine on Michigan Avenue in East Lansing tonight. Jen Sygit and Drew Howard/Cap’n Midnite are playing, and I’m just inviting others to go to dinner there when I’m going to dinner there. The music is from 6:30-8:30.

It’s not a party, per se… I have too much stuff so I emphatically ask that no gifts come with you. It’s a gathering and a celebration. Life is good, let’s eat well and laugh, and sing, and listen to significantly incredible musicians sing/play for us!!!

16 Responses to “It’s My Happy 51st Birthday Today!”

  1. Janet Says:

    Happy birthday Lynn. May you have many more!

  2. Lori Says:

    Happy Birthday Lynn. You are an inspiration to us all. Enjoy your day!

  3. Paz Says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday! I remembered that it’s right after Thanksgiving. ;-)

    You look TERRIFIC in your belly dance outfit.

    May all your dreams continue to come true.

    Big hug,
    Paz

  4. Susan Says:

    Happy birthday, Lynn! You and I are the same age – I turned 51 in June.

  5. Mom Says:

    Happy Birthday, Lynndy! I remember way back when. How excited I was to become a mom. How lucky I was to have you! Love you, Mom.

  6. Howlin' Hobbit Says:

    Happy Birthday, Lynn!

    You caught up with me, but I’m racing towards mid-June and 52 even as I type. ;-)

  7. Donna Says:

    Happy Birthday, Lynn!

    May this coming year’s blessings mightily abound.

  8. Riin Says:

    Happy birthday, Lynn! And many more!

  9. Caroline Says:

    Happy Birthday, belatedly, Lynn! You look happy and beautiful. I hope to be like that when I’m fifty in a few years. Many happy returns!

  10. sharon Says:

    Happy birthday beautiful girl with the beautiful hair.

  11. My Merino Mantra Says:

    Happy Birthday! You look wonderful! Best wishes in the coming year.

  12. Charlotte Says:

    Happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday dear Lynn
    Happy birthday to you

  13. Rae's Aunt Pat Says:

    Have a very Happy Birthday, Lynn! Here’s to 51 more! Miss seeing you. You are an inspiration!

  14. Chelle Says:

    Happy Birthday. You DO look great and your wonderful attitude is one that I find very inspiring. If you hold onto the fresh outlook, you’ll be young in heart forever.

  15. Trish Says:

    Happy Birthday Lynn!!! Welcome to 51. You’re only about 6 weeks behind me. Your enthusiasm and positive outlook always brighten my day!! Hope to see you sometime soon!

  16. ikkinlala Says:

    Happy (belated) birthday, Lynn!