I know a lot of people dread their birthdays as they cruise into their 50s. I just celebrated my 54th, and didn't think it was so bad. In fact, the exact circumstances of the celebration were quite fun, really. I got a lot of funny birthday cards all week (including one from my college friend Barb), and one serious handwritten card from Rae I will cherish my whole life. Mom sent me a couple of books I wanted. Marlow and Rae usually buy me something off my Amazon wish list (I have enough ties to last me a lifetime). This year my daughters got me a gift certificate for an herbal wrap at the Claremont resort, something I've been meaning to do again for years and will actually experience Saturday night.
I am pretty sure I have mentioned it before, but Vicki and I now like to do a 90 minute bike ride before dinner out in Walnut Creek or Danville, on the Iron Horse or Contra Costa Canal bike trails. This week we did it with Marlow, then went to Va da Vie, sort of a tapas joint with small plates of American food, where we ate outdoors at sunset on a warm evening.
I don't want to show hubris or tempt fate by dwelling on how wonderful this celebration was (last week I commented on how long it had been since I lost my keys--and promptly lost my keys). Let's just say a good time was had by all.
I also received a small pamphlet from another college friend on the "Seven Most Important Aspects of God." Makes interesting reading. I'll tell you more about it when I'm done.