Answer these questions on your own blog, then back here tomorrow to add your link to the party.
Thanks to Joice for being the brains behind this link party.
1. Tell me something you remember (or if you're not there yet, something you look forward to) about being 35.
It was October 17, 1989. I was 35 when the Loma Prieta earthquake hit San Francisco and the Bay Area. The boys and I (They were 5, 8, and 11 years old) were preparing to watch game 3 of the world series between the Oakland A's and the San Francisco Giants. I had homemade chili in the crock pot.
We lived 18 miles from Candlestick Park, where the game was being played.
We had aftershocks for a couple of months and everyone was stressed - we slept with our shoes on for at least a month. When I went out to open my garage door, the hinges were loosened and the door swung open out of my control and hit my youngest son (5 years old) in the head. He was fine but his school photo that year had that scab on his forehead and to this day we call it his earthquake boo boo.
I really thought it was the BIG ONE.
2. Last time you 'burned the candle at both ends'?
It's been so long, that I can't remember. I really try not to do that to myself anymore. Old age has taught me to delegate and I'm good at that. I don't have to be a superwoman anymore, nor do I want to be. Been there/Done that.
3. Are you someone with the 'gift of the gab'? Elaborate (which shouldn't be a problem if you answered yes teehee).
No. Quite the opposite. I really don't talk much. Don't get me wrong - I'm not mute. I smile, make eye contact and I am an awesome listener. I know how to make niceties - My gift of gab is trapped inside of me I guess - That’s why I enjoy blogging. I've been like this since I was a kid. Everyone said I was shy - maybe as a child I was, but I don't believe I am shy anymore.
4. Do you request a special meal on your birthday, and if so tell us what that meal is? Do you want the same kind of cake year after year or will any flavor work? Do you want cake at all? Growing up were birthdays a big deal in your house? Are they a big deal now?
NO special meal - as I have mentioned before I am low maintenance. It doesn't matter to me. I'm content to be healthy and alive. I'll be 70 on my next birthday - we did have a family dinner when I turned 65. The big one where I might throw myself a big party is when I pass 74 - which is when my Mom died.
Growing up, birthdays were special up till the age of 8 or so - and then after that, it was pretty much like,
"suck it up, buttercup - you aren't anything that special."
They didn't actually say that, but birthdays just weren't that big of a deal. And I didn't seem to mind. I never felt deprived or depraved by the lack of big birthday celebrations. I'd get a card, a cake, and some money.
I did have a slumber party when I was like 13 - it was wild.
I always acknowledged my son's birthdays (and still do) but never went overboard and I refused to keep up with the Joneses. I lived in the Silicon Valley - I was a single parent. No way could I even keep up a little bit. My boys were happy - never complained about the cake mix cake with Betty Crocker frosting. We did campout birthday sleepovers in the backyard with their friends -
5. 'Age is just a number.'..agree or disagree? Tell us why.
Agree. It's how you feel. Definitely not how you look.
6. Insert your own random thought here.
This is in regard to the Take a Plant, Leaf a Plant. Apparently, it started in Southern California in 2020. I checked, and they have them all over the country now.