September 15, 2012

Nancy’s 70th Birthday: 9/15/2012


NANCYS 70th BIRTHDAY: 9/15/2012

Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time. —Jean Paul Richter
 You can only perceive real beauty in a person as they get older. —Anouk Aimee

So you think seventy is old?

How would it feel to be 25,567?

How would it feel to be 613,608?

How would it feel to be 36,816,480?


Surprise! You are all of the above…

25,567 days…

613,608 hours…

And 36,816,480 minutes old.

Do you want me to calculate your age in seconds?

No? then you do the math:

Multiply 36,816,480 times 60…

Don’t despair—doesn’t seventy seem young???? Getting old ain’t for sissies. — Betty Davis

But then again, neither is being birthed…but what choice do we have? —Carolyn Cornell Holland

On Sunday, November 9, 1941, your father has produced the semen that will be half of you soon. He produced 1000 sperms every second of this day and one out of 500 million sperm will be sent on their way in the conceivement. You may find interesting to know that his morning coffee consumption made a difference in who you became—if he drank coffee his sperm speed would be different than if he hadn’t drank coffee, because caffeine changes the speed of male sperm.

On November 24th, 1941, your mother had her last menstrual cycle and started building up the egg, that will be the other half of you. After today, she will not have this cycle again for a very long. She spent Monday as moody, anxious, short-tempered and you should be glad, you were not around her that day!

What could be more beautiful than a dear old lady growing wise with age? —Brigitte Bardot

You are my older, therefore wiser, sister

Not by much, only fifteen months.

We shared a common childhood,

Streets of Portsmouth, sands of Wallis Sands Beach. 

It’s a long stretch between that first birthday speech and this one. That
was my cradle-song, and this is my swan-song, I suppose.  —Mark Twain on turning 70

 Yet, we have something more in common:

The date December 10.

What? you say. Pray tell what.

December 10th I say,

The date we both experienced our “first day alive.”

This was the date, in 1941, that you became an embryo, a living entity,

when you became a one cell creature, uniquely you, uniquely your DNA.,

And this was the date, two years later, when I left our mother’s womb.

On a cold, snowy Rhode Island day.

The best birthdays of all are those that haven’t arrived yet. —Robert Orben

You might also want to note Christmas Eve, 1941. By this date Mother might have suspected your presence in her womb.

There was a star danced, and under that was I born. —William Shakespeare

And December 31, when your heart came to life, pumping for its first time. 

I love everything that’s old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines. —Oliver Goldsmith
I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.  —John Burroughs

FYI…food for thought…

If your hair were never cut since 15.September.1942, it would be 10.200 meters today.

If your nails were never cut since 15.September.1942, they would be 2.531 meters today.

An apple tree seeded on 15.September.1942, bore 6,215.900 kilograms of apples to date.

Thought for the day: No one can feel as helpless as the owner of a sick goldfish. 

Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened. —Cora Harvey Armstrong


Age is not measured by years. Nature does not equally distribute energy. Some people are born old and tired while others are going strong at seventy. —Dorothy Thompson




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