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It’s time to party! It’s my birthday!
Wednesday, June 28th, 2023

[Play the music while you read!] It’s my birthday today! I’m the big 6-5! I’m officially “elderly” now! My daughter is in denial. I’m excited. I’m old enough for Medicare now. Not that I need it because I have my military retirement with Tricare. Important stuff when you get old though.

What else can I celebrate? I’m 65! When I was a teen, I didn’t expect to live past 21—I was a bit of a wild child. So, I always thought any day over 21 was just “gravy.” And while some bemoan the milestones, I’ve never worried. I hit 30 and thought, “awesome!” 50—the same. 60—I had a lovely birthday party with both my parents still there to celebrate. Now, at 65, I’d love to have them here, but life’s a journey, and I’m not going to bemoan the fact I’m 65 and still fabulous!

I decided to take a picture to prove it. I sent my selfie to my dd and said, “What do you think?” She immediately sent the 14-year-old to snap a picture with her iPhone. So, I’m assuming she wasn’t impressed. This is what she sent back to me.


Huh. She thought I needed a filter—and wondered why I didn’t bother with makeup other than a swipe of lipstick. I guess she was right. My sunburned nose and forehead made both look shiny and really big. Still, I don’t look like a wrinkled old woman just yet. Well, there are some wrinkles. Here’s the original, what do you think?

I still have less forehead wrinkles than someone I won’t name because she’s pissed looking at me every day. My eyebrows and eyelashes aren’t blond anymore. Or gray. They’re translucent—which is why you can’t see them! Still, I don’t feel a day over 40. Actually, I don’t feel old. Period. Although, sometimes, when my hands hurt after a day at the keyboard… I just call that a workout. They’re supposed to be sore.

They threw me a party last night. It was nice to have the fam around, plus a couple of their friends. We ate finger foods and pie. No candles, because we didn’t want to burn the house down. Today, I’m back at the keyboard because that’s what I do. Who I am.

So, tell me: Have any of your milestones been downers for you?

17 comments to “It’s time to party! It’s my birthday!”

  1. Katherine Smits
    · June 28th, 2023 at 9:20 am · Link

    Happy birthday! You look great. Thanks so much for all you do. I hope you continue to work for a long time. I highly value your help as my editor and expect to have another manuscript ready this year, so I hope you will have time for me. I was a little freaked by turning 60, so I started jogging and ran a few 5ks. That made me feel better. 70 has been a harder transition. I can’t do some of the things I loved like ride my horse. But, I look at my friends who are in their late 80s and still having adventures, and I try to concentrate on the things I can still do. I will never have enough time for all of them!

  2. miki
    · June 28th, 2023 at 10:01 am · Link

    Happy Birthday! you are gorgeous!
    enjoy it!! and i wish you many many more in good health!

  3. Sara D
    · June 28th, 2023 at 10:14 am · Link

    Happy Birthday to a fellow June babe. I turned 65 June 3rd, so right there with you. No downer birthdays other than my mom has been gone for 27 years so each year on my Birthday I miss her and tell her Thank You for having and keeping me as a single mom, which I know was hard for her.

  4. Laura
    · June 28th, 2023 at 11:19 am · Link

    Happy 65th Birthday!!!! I hope you have a FABULOUS day!!!!

    I don’t consider myself old either. I turned 58 at the beginning of the month. I had a lovely Chinese food dinner that my son arranged plus a beautiful vanilla and strawberry cake. The unfortunate thing happened when taking the cake into the house was the wind. It knocked the cake right out of my hand upside down onto the patio. We were eating outside. I felt so bad because there had been only 3 pieces eaten from it but my figure was happy. I would have eaten nothing but cake until it was gone.

  5. Elizabeth Andrews
    · June 28th, 2023 at 11:20 am · Link

    Happy birthday, Delilah!

    No downers, though 30 was traumatic enough that I went to get a tattoo. lol

  6. Kimberley Bailey
    · June 28th, 2023 at 11:28 am · Link

    Happy Birthday!!

  7. Colleen C.
    · June 28th, 2023 at 11:59 am · Link

    Happy Happy B-day!!!
    For me time has flown by… a few more wrinkles and some added aches and pains, LOL.

  8. Annie K
    · June 28th, 2023 at 1:14 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday! You look fabulous.

  9. Pamela Reveal
    · June 28th, 2023 at 1:36 pm · Link

    Love the picture
    You look awesome. the years are treating you well. Hope you have many more selfie birthday pictures. Life is a crazy roller coaster some have more bumps twist and turns then others but we all are grateful to see another birthday coming

  10. Debra Shutters
    · June 28th, 2023 at 1:49 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday and wish you all the best. I turn 60 next month I am losing my Hair, eyebrows and lashes which the doctor took my blood to see why. Didn’t mind losing the hair on my legs and underarms.

  11. Flossie Benton Rogers
    · June 28th, 2023 at 2:33 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday! You look fabulous. Enjoy your celebration.

  12. Cindy
    · June 28th, 2023 at 5:40 pm · Link

    Can’t remember if it was the 30th, 40th or the 50th which really hit me hard. By the 60th I was used to them. The downer is on every birthday, I am sad because I live alone and miss my mom. We were together (and dad) because I helped them financially here at home. Both are gone.

    By the way, today is my birthday, too. At the top of the roller coaster for the start of the drop to 70.

  13. Beverly
    · June 28th, 2023 at 7:04 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday!!!! I think you look great at 65!!! I haven’t really let any of my milestone birthdays rattle me. I’ll be 70 in September…& the only thoughts I’m having are that growing up 70 just seemed so very far away & I couldn’t imagine reaching it. I’ve been told I don’t look like I’m about to be 70, though my body does tell me some days that it feels older. One day at a time…that’s the way I’m going forward.
    Hope you’ve had a great day!!!

  14. Mary McCoy
    · June 28th, 2023 at 7:52 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday! None yet, maybe 70 will do it.

  15. Jennifer Beyer
    · June 28th, 2023 at 8:44 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday! I don’t get bummed when I hit the big numbers. I figure I’d rather be alive than the alternative.

  16. flchen
    · June 28th, 2023 at 9:19 pm · Link

    Happy birthday, Delilah! Looking good, and well, onward and upward, right? Hugs!

  17. Delilah
    · July 10th, 2023 at 10:57 am · Link

    Thanks, everyone, for all the birthday wishes!

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