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The Big Fifty

Updated on December 24, 2011

A Half a Century Old

I can't believe it. I am 50 years old today. The AARP keeps sending me mail and I keep shredding it. They want me to pay them so that I can declare that I am getting old. Nonsense! I can look in the mirror for that. I can try to scale the stairs for the constant reminder that my knees no longer are cushioned by the cartilage they used to have. I can try to get off of the floor only to find myself crawling upon the nearest chair leg and then using the arm rest to drag myself off of the carpet. I don't need reminders that I am heading toward the century mark. No sir!

Rice Krispies and God

Are you there God? It's me Laura. I haven't been very good about keeping you in my life lately. Too much going on, it seems. You are always in my thoughts and on the tip of my tongue. I acknowledge your presense with each beautiful sunset and every song I hear escaping a sparrow's beak. I see you in the trees and in every ray of sunshine. However, I haven't really spoken to you lately. So, how about now?

I first of all want to thank you for providing me with a constant reminder of my favorite treat; the Rice Krispy Treat. I hear that familiar sound each time a bend over, turn to my opposing side in bed and lift up a bag from the floor. Instead of feeling resentment, I feel gratitude. At least I can still hear the popping. I can still feel the snaps. I can experience the crackle each time I twist my ankles or bend my toes. This means I am still alive. Praise be! I can walk. I can feel. I can still live out my dreams. So thank you my God for Rice Krispies and for my continued life.

A Promise

I feel a need to make promises to myself and others. After all, I only have about 30 some years left in order to do so. I first promise myself to be more aware of my needs. I've always taken such good care of other people and really don't take care of myself. Secondly, I promise to take better care of my relationship with God. Thirdly, I promise to be the friend, mother, wife that I would want for myself. This will be the hardest of the three. Seems like the older we get, the less time we have for the things or people in our lives that mean the most. This may be our children, our spouses, our pets, our friends or our extended family. It isn't hard to do. Forget that is. What is more challenging and more difficult for us is to make that effort to think before we speak. Hug and tell others how much we care more often. Go that extra inch to make another feel valued and important. With the Christmas season in full bloom at this point, it seems the perfect time to re-aquaint ourselves with the feeling of peace we receive from random acts of kindness. I hope all of you reading will join me in this endeavor and please share what you have done. By sharing our efforts, we can influence and spread love and charity.

As my first birthday gift to myself, I have hugged and kissed my own family and told them how valued they make me feel. The smiles I received in return were worth more than the small effort it took me to tell them.

Oh how I love my family!  LOL   Just kidding about the photo!  We love to stage picture opportunities like these!  hee hee
Oh how I love my family! LOL Just kidding about the photo! We love to stage picture opportunities like these! hee hee


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    • MonetteforJack profile image


      6 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

      Thank you for the encouragement. I really noted it and of course, hugs back and God bless you more.

    • ljrc1961 profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Cole 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Monette, my body felt like 90 when I was cleaning houses in the 80's to put myself through college! It is never too late; I am proof of that. Keep going and striving for better things in your life. hugs

    • MonetteforJack profile image


      6 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

      I clicked all the way across and up! I still have about 6 years to go to reach 50s and unlike you, I feel so much double that age with my crickety bones, my high bp ... and the list goes on. Am grateful that God grants us this life, and always will be. May you enjoy many, many more years and sharing your fun with your readers. Thanks!

    • ljrc1961 profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Cole 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      thanks for all of your wonderful comments! So glad to know I have such wonderful company!

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      your cybersister 

      6 years ago from Just relocated from Florida to the mountains of North Carolina

      You have my congratulations and sympathies on your 50th birthday. I had my 55th this year and can't seem to grasp where all that time went! I retired from one job last month (after 39 years) and am in the process of determining what the next one will be. I think that most of us start re-evaluating things when we hit the half-century mark and try to put our priorities in a different order than what they were. It seems we want to be more appreciative of the things that are really important - like family, friends, and our spirtual self - rather than obsessing over climbing the corporate ladder and collecting "stuff". It seems you've also discovered that as our brains have improved over the years, our bodies have deteriorated. It's like the line from an old song "you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone"...

      Here's to your second half-century and all the wonderful moments and experiences it brings! Happy Birthday!

    • bayareagreatthing profile image


      6 years ago from Bay Area California

      Welcome to the world of AARP! It's a great place to be. I think our wisdom starts to kick in at 50 :D And I love your promise!!

    • learntolive profile image


      6 years ago

      Wonderful hub. Very sweet! Voted up, beautiful and interesting :)


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