Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun. However, many years a (wo)man may live, let her enjoy them all. Ecclesiastes 11:7-8 NIV
~ Rose of Sharon ~
(Mom named me after the Rose of Sharon from the Bible. Thanks, Mom)
Nine days until my 65th birthday! But who's counting? Me! I do this every year, get all excited about my birthday. I never go all out for a big birthday bash, but I think about it (although Rob and Jacquie have given me a few wild surprises over the years).
For my 60th birthday, I was going to have a tea party in my garden at the beach, but the more I thought about my eclectic bunch of Ga-Ga's (girlfriends), I knew they would rather roast marshmallows on the beach, then take a bike ride to Newport Beach for pizza, and end up on Balboa Island for ice cream. So I scratched the tea-time idea. By the time I had it all figured out--I was going to have a big bash on the Queen Mary in Long Beach--Rob and I decided to lease our house and buy a home three-thousand miles away in South Carolina, my birthplace.
Now, five years later with the Ga-Ga Sisterhood* spread out across the nation, I'm working on having a little southern breakfast in the country at the cozy cafe, Jasmin's, with a few of my GRITS** Gals. I'm a simple southern girl at heart, and simplicity is one of my mottoes. One of my Ga-Ga's, Shirley, gave me a dish with Simplify written on it and it's sitting upright in my living room to remind me: don't clutter life with stuff that doesn't matter.
As I near my 65th birthday--six days!-- I'm thinking about all the fond memories that my Ga-Ga's have given me over the years, and I'm thanking God that I have a memory to have your memories on!
Oceans of blessings today, my friends, wherever you are! And remember, always do what's wRite! See you on the radio!
*Ga-Ga's: You know who you are.
**GRITS: Girls-Raised-In-The-SOUTH (you know who you are!)