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Today Was My Birthday

Updated on January 19, 2011

Turning 57

"Today was my birthday." This is a line from an "I Love Lucy" episode. Lucy thinks everyone has forgotten her birthday. She goes to the park to sulk, and while sitting on a bench crying, a group of men and women come marching by singing, "We are the friends of the friendless yes we are." Before the night is over Lucy gets the courage to go to the Babaloo, the nightclub Ricky owns. She tells the patrons that everyone forgot her birthday, and with that, all of her friends yell surprise!

I was only five years old when I first remember watching "I Love Lucy" shows, but for some reason I connected with Lucy even though she was at least 30 years older than me. In some ways I am still that five year old and when I was five I was somehow a counterpart to a 30 something housewife! But I'll tell you, I have never been or imagined to be 57, and that is how old I will be in 11 minutes!

I was thinking today how much I wished that I could have gotten my car washed and cleaned for my birthday. That would have made me so happy! Is this what it means to turn 57?

Well, maybe I'll get my car washed ON my birthday. Is this what it means to turn 57?

I went grocery shopping today and on aisle four I saw a box of 12 Kerr glass canning jars for only $9! I was so excited! I bought them as a birthday present to myself. Is this what it means to turn 57?

I was so tired going from store to store to pick up the ingredients for my birthday cake I thought forget it, I don't want a cake! Is this what it means to turn 57?

Tonight I made sure the kitchen was clean so when I get up in the morning I will wake up to a clean kitchen. Is this what it means to turn 57?

Season 10 of American Idol starts on my birthday and I can't wait to watch it. Is this what it means to turn 57?

I'm just a 57 year old woman.....

who still wishes Lucy and Ricky never got divorced.

who still feels scared sometimes like she did when she was five years old.

who likes a clean car and clean kitchen because it makes her feel like she has some control.

who stores her food in glass containers so as not to cause herself any more hormonal imbalance than she already has.

who is so tired she almost didn't get the ingredients she needed to make her birthday cake and

who enjoys watching a non-violent show like American Idol.

Friends of the friendless? No, but my kids would say I'm part of the group Pals to the Pathetic.

I am officially 57 years old. Happy birthday to me!


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    • Marianne Byers profile imageAUTHOR

      Marianne Byers 

      7 years ago from Central California

      Thank you, epigramman. I really appreciate the birthday wishes and thanks for reading my hub. :)

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      7 years ago

      ..well I'm 52 ....and please accept my sincere best wishes for a very very healthy and happy birthday year - and so nice to meet you - you have a great attitude and you write like four winds all blowing at the same time - so it can only get better - because you many gifts which are valuable to this world - and the people in it!

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      Marianne Byers 

      7 years ago

      Thank you everyone for supporting me and being excited with me and reading my story and following me on hubpages. I appreciate it very much.

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      7 years ago

      How fun to read all your comments!

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Happy Belated Birthday. YOu're just a few months older than me...I'm an April birthday girl and I will turn that magical 57 this year as well. Such is life. Loved the hub...I love Lucy as well. In fact, in our home, my late husband and I would name those ridiculously quirky moments as 'Lucy Ricardo' moments. I can name many. Again, Congratulations on your hubnugget award. Bask in the warmth of your glory and watch your fan club grow. Well deserved.

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      7 years ago

      I love you. Always great to read your thoughts! You rock!

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      What a beautiful article. You are coming on strong as a great writer. I will follow you to hear more from you.

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      7 years ago from Western United States

      Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday. Fifty seven is a great age to be. I've been enjoying it for the past five months. Thanks for bringing back memories.

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      Selina Kyle 

      7 years ago

      I loved this-I loved everything about it. This was a great hub and I enjoyed reading it. I like your style Marianne and happy Birthday! :)

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      Leah Lefler 

      7 years ago from Western New York

      Happy (late) birthday, and congratulations on the Hubnugget win!

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      Deborah Demander 

      7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination. And happy birthday.


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      7 years ago

      I wish lucy and ricky never divorced as well. :( Saddd. Happy birthday mama B! Love you!

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      Marie Giunta 

      7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Good luck with your nomination Marianne and welcome to hubpages.

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      7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I Love Lucy was one of my all-time favs growing up. She is hilarious. Thanks for reminding me of the good ol' days. Congrats on your nomination!!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Happy 57th birthday Marianne! As you wash your car or watch American Idol, my birthday wish for you is that you will experience joy and love and laughter in your heart and home!

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. Do check it out:

      Participate in the Hubnuggets forum:

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      Sarita Harbour 

      7 years ago from Yellowknife, Canada

      Birthdays have a way of creeping up, don't they? Lovely hub - I know what you mean about the clean kitchen! Good luck on your hubnuggets nomination.

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      Marianne Byers 

      7 years ago from Central California

      I love you, Candy.

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      7 years ago

      I think what it means to be Marianne at 57 is essentially the same as it always has. It means you know how to love. The Pathetic and the hopefully not so pathetic. How to enjoy the simple things in life-I Love Lucy, American Idol, glass jars and a clean car. It means you are embracing yourself more as the writer and storyteller you have always been, which might mean staying up late or being late in order to finish a hub. It means that yes, you may get tired more easily than in the past, even tired enough to not care about your birthday cake, but not so tired that you are willing to wake up to a dirty kitchen to hang onto a little perceived "control." It means as always you are on your journey and 57 is just a number. A significant one, but not a defining one.

      I love you! Autumn, don't fight it!

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      Marianne Byers 

      7 years ago from Central California

      Ha ha! Yesterday Ian said he couldn't go to Whole Foods with me ever again! Ha Ha! Hate to say it, but whether or not I am a member of the Pals of are headed in the same direction! It's gonna happen! Ha ha

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      Autumn McCarthy 

      7 years ago from Native Californian Living in Texas

      Aww, I liked it! I don't think you belong to the Pals of the Pathetic... haha Because if you do.. I'm slowly headed into the same group!


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