Happy Birthday to Me!


 
I'm linking up for the Two Writing Teachers Slice of Life Challenge. You should too! You'll be glad you did! 

Tomorrow is my birthday. It is the last year of my forty’s. I’ve never thought much about my age. I’ve always been the baby in my family, the youngest of three. But there is something about the finality of my forty’s that makes me pause and reflect. Is it the age or the era? I don’t know. but here is my first forty-nine in retrospect. Forty-Nine Lines of My Life.   
Born in Tempe.
The baby.
The only girl.
Raised in the desert.
Summers on grandpa’s farm.
Wild about horses.
The dream of one of my own.
Move to the prairie at fifteen.
Oklahoma’s my home.
A horse and a girl the story begins.
High school,
horses,
a boyfriend too.
Beauty school,
dances,
dates
and jobs.
Graduation,
cutting hair,
a proposal and love.
Twenty brings marriage,
a life just begun.
Promises
Work
Compromises
And tears
But oh so much love
Changes and growth
Pregnant at twenty-five
I never knew what love was before
Baby boy
So much love so much joy
Horses leave
Baby grows
Pregnant again at twenty-nine
Baby girl
Family is complete-my life’s purpose.
Children growing
School, baseball, swimming and more
Old ones die-leaving holes
Twenty-five years of love and friendship
Looking forward to twenty-five more.
College for me
A new chapter, teaching and friends
Children go, grow, and leave
College and now a soon to be marriage too
My life has been a ride.
Forty-nine years of bliss
There is not one thing I would change

Not a moment I would miss. 


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8 comments:

  1. Love this reflection of "the finality of the forty's." What a beautiful way to express the infinite treasures of a lifetime to this point.

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  2. Love this reflection of "the finality of the forty's." What a beautiful way to express the infinite treasures of a lifetime to this point.

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  3. Happy Birthday! Forty-nine lines of your life--a fabulous way to celebrate each moment that led you HERE.

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  4. Happy Birthday tomorrow! Celebrate like you've never celebrated before because you have lots to celebrate. I love your forty-nine lines.

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  5. You put this together so well, Tammy-a beautiful life shared in a lovely poem!

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  6. Make it a great day! I planned an amazing birthday bash!
    Here's to more great events...
    Bonnie

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  7. Happy happy day to you! I'm sure you'll wear 50 beautifully!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  8. Beautiful reflection! I hope you had a fantastic day!
    Kelly
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

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