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It's November, 2007! This has been quite a year. What I find so amazing is all the "firsts" our little family has gone through:

1-Hubby turning 50

2-Our daughter becoming a parent

3-Our becoming grandparents

4-My placing in the top 5 of two writing contests

5-Having one of my essays included in a REAL book

6-It isn't a first, but having 3 more recipes published in major magazines

7-Our son graduating from college

8-Our daughter announcing her second pregnancy

9-Becoming a Baby Boomer Diva

10-I'm a week early on this, but I'm turning 50



If I'm honest, as I write this, I sure do feel what I think "50" feels like. I'm happy with how life is going, happy with how I look and pretty relaxed with things in general. I wish I felt less pain, but don't we all?



I'm STUNNED that I'm "that number"-how in the blazes did I get here? Wasn't it just last week when I was diapering my kids? I know I took dance class a few days ago.



How did my kids get so darn old?? Geez louise, my daughter is 25 and my son is 23!



For pete sake-I'm a Grandma,almost twice. Okay I'm really loving the last sentence-he's the most adorable and smartest baby in the whole world since my two were born. AND I'M NOT SAYING THAT JUST BECAUSE HE'S MY GRANDSON EITHER.



But I digress-I didn't care about turning 49, but 50?



I feel like the character Roxy Hart in "Chicago" who just prior to her "hi, Mom!" number (Foxy, Roxy Hart)says, "I'll let you in on a little secret, I never intended to be this old".



We all hear it said that age is what you make of it, which is true to a point.



What I was thinking I'd be is "hip, active and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound". The reality is I'm active alright-I work, write, do domestic goddess chores, exercise, eat right and go to the doctors a lot. I'm sort of hip-I wear jeans and tucked in tee-shirts (is that hip, or is that soooo yesterday? I forget)and let's not go there about the leaping. If you've read this blog any amount of time at all, you know that's not happening.



I am looking forward to the next half century: will I hang-up the day job and write full time? Will my husband and I have a mutual day off in the near future? Come April and our anniversary cruise, will I be able to walk without losing balance at the same time? Will the "mother's curse" about having "2 kids just like you" come true?



That's what so terrific about reaching milestone birthdays-instead of waiting for New Year's Eve to make your resolutions you can opt to start right on your special day.



Why stand on ceremony?



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