A couple of weeks ago I celebrated a birthday I thought I would never reach.Â I wish I had suffered amnesia like I did four years ago when I thought I was a year older than I actually was.Â My, that was a grand celebration of relief.Â You see, Iâ€™ve never been much for remembering dates.Â It is my brother that can recall every family member event with exact date detailâ€”birthdays, weddings, school graduations, vacation tripsâ€”even job starts and relocations.Â He doesnâ€™t say, â€śRemember our trip to Hawaii?â€ťÂ Rather, â€śRemember in May, 1992 when we went to Hawaii?â€ť
So, I had this birthday that most would declare as â€śmiddle ageâ€ť.Â I am officially middle age!!Â My father wonâ€™t discuss it.Â He cannot admit that he is old enough to have a daughter as old as I am.Â Fortunately, I work around people who are older than I am who give new meaning to growing older.Â No complaints from guests and co-workers about the aging process down in Sanibel at Oceanâ€™s Reach.Â We regularly host guests and owners who are on the northern side of 80 and 90.Â And you would never know.Â They are as hard to catch up with as our youngsters flying kites or chasing salamanders.Â Warm weather, sunshine, social contact, recreational activity and vitamin D all play an important role in the â€śyouthingâ€ť process.Â Not to mention the beach.Â The beach!
|So, donâ€™t ask me how old I am.Â Iâ€™ll admit only that I am younger than my age and that I feel more energetic and I smile more each day.Â But sadly, I think I celebrated my last birthday for awhile.Â I just canâ€™t get any older.Â Maybe Iâ€™ll celebrate an anniversary instead.Â Like Charlie does.Â He hasnâ€™t had a birthday in over 39 years.Â Imagine!Â But he loves his anniversary cards and anniversary celebration.Â Â Ask him how old he is and heâ€™ll reply, â€śIâ€™m celebrating my 31st anniversary of my 29th birthday.â€ťÂ We all laugh and chuckle but, if you look at and work with Charlie on a daily basis like I do, you will admit that a 31st anniversary never looked so good.|
Dru Anne DoyleÂ 11/30/08