When we were in Utah my SIL's called me upstairs and wanted to talk to me. They seemed very serious and were all concerned because they didn't want to step on my toes. They wondered why everyone else's birthday is on the calendar on the family website and NOT MINE. I told them, it felt funny to put my own on there ; )
They confessed THEY DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO PUT IT ON THE CALENDAR.
So I put it on, and in fact, it reads "Happy Birthday to Me--Yvonne". I am the administrator of our family website. On most everyone's birthday I get up early and try to post a picture and a birthday message. I appreciate Neal who has posted mine in the past--thanks, Neal. (I had every intention of getting on our family website this morning and posting a message, but Neal did it last night. Thanks, Neal ; )
Heidi asked me what I was doing for my birthday and I told her Allan is out of town so we won't be going to dinner until Saturday. It really is okay. I have a fairly busy day planned--Boot Camp at 6 am--at least I've had a week to get back into Boot Camp mode; Doctor appointment; lunch with a couple of friends and then PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS. All in all a GREAT DAY. So, I may have to just relax on Wednesday--after all, at my age, I need lots of rest.
Let me just add some memories of growing up. This will show you how old I really am:
- I still remember the first time my sisters and I went out to dinner at a restaurant. We had the best laugh ever when they brought us our ice cream for dessert--the tiniest scoop of ice cream we had ever seen. We laughed and laughed and laughed.
- Walking to the grocery store with my mother to buy a hot dog and a drink for a dime--yes, a dime.
- Going to the Five and Dime to get penny candy.
- Some guys from NASA coming to our school and announcing one day we'd walk on the moon--MY FRIENDS AND I LAUGHED SO HARD. We thought--SURE WE WILL!!!!
- Being so scared when we thought we were going to war--Cuban Missile Crisis.
- My dad dying.
- The assassination of President Kennedy--what were going to do without a President. (It was only a few months after my dad had died and life had changed so much.)
- The first time we saw color on TV--BONANZA. I still remember Little Joe and the gang riding up on their horses.
- My mom getting sick and my sisters and I being taken away from home and becoming "Wards of the County".
- Junior High School--YUCK!!!!
- My mom dying and not knowing what was going to happen to us.
- Helen and Les rescuing us.
- Starting high school. Friday night football games.
- Going to get my driver's license--after failing the first time.
- Summer jobs--working at the Naval Air Station and the Nut House (no, not that kind of Nut House)
- Cruising the strip on the weekends--thank goodness gas was so cheap.
- Graduating from high school and flying to Florida to visit my sister, Judy--my first plane ride.
- Apollo 11 landing on the moon.
- Becoming a mom and not knowing the first thing about taking care of a baby.
It's funny when I think about the things that we would see in the future--things that were so amazing when they first came out:
- Contact lenses
- Clothes dryers
- Computers--it's crazy when you think about how the first computers were HUGE and now look at what we have
- HBO and Showtime--I remember when I first heard about pay TV, in my mind all I could see was a TV with coin slots where we would put in money to watch ; )
- Microwave ovens--I love microwave popcorn--can't tell you how much popcorn I burned trying to pop it on the stove.
- Bottled water: I wonder what my folks would think about our paying for water?
- Digital cameras
- Cell phones--Who'd have thought that one day we would be texting one another???
- Record players to 8 tracks to Cassette Tapes to CD's to iPods
- Fast food
- Dishwashers--THANK GOODNESS FOR DISHWASHERS, but seriously, can't they figure out a way to have them load and unload by themselves???