In 1933 gasoline was 18 cents a gallon…
The Twenty-first Amendment repealing Prohibition was ratified, the World’s Fair opened in Chicago, IBM entered the typewriter business, the first drive-in movie theater opened in Camden, N.J., Willie Nelson, Jayne Mansfield and Larry King were born, the Chicago Bears beat the NY Giants for the first NFL Championship and “your’s truly” was born on February 15th.
Recently I’d heard someone say that “the 40’s are the old-age of adolescence and the 50’s are the youth of old-age”...so that puts me on the down side of old-age and I had figured that it was not much cause for celebration. However, my family thought otherwise and I was completely and totally surprised when they threw a 75th Birthday party for me last Saturday. About 35 friends and family showed up and a grand time was had by all.
There were cards and gifts galore and I loved the sentiment that my friend Bill wrote...”75 is not old...if you’re a tree!” How true.
My three children teamed up to buy me a new stove and a new washer/dryer. They know that I am still part of the “want not, waste not” generation and I would have gone to the grave with my old appliances ! However, I love my new ones. They are state-of-the-art and seem to have a button to handle any situation.
Gift cards are always very welcome and I received quite a few (Panera’s, Starbuck’s, Book Stores and Olive Garden), as well as an array of toiletries and remembrances. However, my most original gift came from my blogging friend, Bud. He actually had the name of my blog “Goldendaze” fashioned to hang on a lovely gold chain. (That’s the necklace you see and the other picture is Bud giving me the gift.)
My daughter Jody had the inspiration for the party but everyone chipped in. There were no formal invitations sent out...just word of mouth...but the company, the food and the feeling of comradeship couldn’t have been better if it had been choreographed.
Now it’s up to me to revise my thinking...75 is just a number, not a doomsday prediction. With friends and family like mine I am truly blessed.