Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sixty Years Ago Today...July 8, 1950

Mom and Baby Buttercup, winter 1951

I must admit that turning 30, 40 and 50 made me feel old. I mourned the years flying by and worried about aging. And although I realize I have lived more years than I will live I don't feel old. I feel great and grateful for the years past and excited for the time yet to come. 

I am glad. I am glad I never got a tattoo. I am very glad I quit smoking almost thirty years ago. But I am especially glad for the friends and family that are with me -- both in New York and in my heart. I am so grateful for getting to see all of my close family last month and next weekend. I am grateful for my friends from childhood, college, work, synagogue and Blogland. You are all the best gifts I could have.

I won't be sweet sixteen again, but I am sweet sixty, and it is sweet. Looking forward to sharing every minute of this joyous, messy, sad and glorious life with all of you. As Browning wrote "Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be."  

P.S. A special shout out to my wonderful, sweet friend Sherry for the very best virtual birthday party any girl could every have. Love you, sweetie and so glad you are part of my life.


^..^Corgidogmama said...

Well said Buttercup, well said. Your view on life and turning 60, is just right!
Congrats, and the very happiest of days and years to come to you! We're all so glad that we've crossed paths with you in bloggieland.
It's a big place, but like minds find each other.
Happy days.

Andrea said... do not look 60! I love this picture and i am thankful we were able to spend a little time getting to know each other at Marydon's! I pray GOD will bless you beyond measure...fill your cup to overflowing...and continue to use you in powerful ways.

k and c's mom said...

The Happiest of Birthdays to you, Buttercup!

Terra said...

I like your phrase of "sweet sixty". You and I are of about the same vintage. That is a wonderful bonnet you are wearing.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hello My Precious Buttercup...
Oh Sweetie it is my pleasure to throw you a virtual party. I so wish Marydon and I could be throwing a real one for you. I know your New York friends and family will cover that though.

Sweetie I had the best time ever meeting you and finding my sister, Marydon. We three will have a forever bond that nobody can ever break. (We are the 3 Amigos.) A friendship that will last a lifetime with many, many memories and birthdays between us to share. I will never forget the fun days we spent together with Marydon and Harold. I have never laughed so hard, and shared so openly. It was as if we had known each other all our lives. We are truly family sweetie. Someday I hope to get to come to New York and see you. Marydon could meet me there. Wouldn't that be a hoot? I don't know if New York City could handle us three together.

Now, I see you were glad you never got a tattoo. That is where I am over the top thrilled that I have 2 of them. I am a rebel. Ha! Ha! We so laughed about that when we met. What memories.

Sweetie, have the best, most beautiful and fun day tomorrow. Please know always that I love you and wish many, many more to come. I can't wait for you to post your celebrations you have with friends and family. I am sure you will be having breakfast somewhere fun and quaint tomorrow or dinner and supper? Oh heck, celebrate all three meals. We only live once, right?

I love you sweetie. So many hugs, Sherry

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Happy Birthday, Buttercup! I popped over from Sherry's blog to wish you many happy returns.


Sheila :-)

Bernie said...

Happy Birthday Buttercup....sixty is a great age, we have so much time, energy and hopefully good health to say and do what is truly in our hearts. I love this age and I know you will as well......:-) Hugs

accidental carer said...

Very Happy Birthday Buttercup- you are joining the elite club now. I had my first tattoo when I became 60 and had some pink streaks in my hair so never say never!! xx

Sybil said...

Welcome to joining the sixties rank !! It is the best age....well every age is good I think...but when you get to sixty you can begn to think that soon you will be back to childhood when you don't need to go to work and hopefully can be only responsible for yourself with long days ahead to do just what you like....Now if that is not somthing to celebrate what is.
Have a WONDERFUL WONDERFUL day and may every day be a blessing.
much love Sybil xx

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! Love the picture!!! Have a great day!!!

Sharon said...

Have a great birthday. Hope you are planning to do something special for your sweet 60th. My fabulous 55th is coming up at the end of the month. Like you, I'm not dreading it one bit. Thanks again for stopping by my blog - it led me to yours!!

Jenny said...

Good morning Buttercup! I'm visiting you from Sherry's blog (gee whiz what a party!) and was wanting to wish you a Happy Day.

I love your philosophy of life!

The best is yet to be!

Happy, Happy Birthday!

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

When Jess told me her grandmother had a blog I HAD to come and wish her happy birthday. Keep it UP!!! You should be an inspiration to all.

Marydon said...

G'morn, sweet Carol ~

So Sherry wants us together in NYC ... OMGosh! I don't know that they are ready for us ALL together up there. What a blast this would be ... can you imagine our arrivals at Union Station?, we'd clear out David Letterman's audience, dancing w/the Rockettes, sweeping thru that lovely ABC Carpet Co! Golly, gee! I see excitement on the horizon!

Today you will no doubt have wonderful memories made as you celebrate your fabulous birthday ... will so enjoy hearing about them. Know that we are with you in spirit as we celebrate with you.

Hugs of love, Marydon & Harold
PS I wrote a special birthday piece for you on our blog if you haven't been by ...

Jemi Fraser said...

Happy, happy birthday!! I love your attitude and approach - I totally agree. There's no point in not enjoying the age you're at. Life is too short as it is - might as well have lots of fun along the way! Enjoy all the moments! :)

LemonyRenee' said...

Happy Birthday, Buttercup!

The Curmudgeon said...

Happy happy birthday Jess's godmom! Hope you have a wonderful one!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Happy Birthday! Marydon sent me over and I have enjoyed my visit. I have a friend who lives in NYC who will turn 60 on the 23rd of this month. I am sure 60 will be just as good as 30, 40, and 50! Enjoy your day.

Neabear said...

Happy Birthday Buttercup!! I hope you have a wonderful day. I have a few years yet before I get to "Sweet Sixty"! I love how you call it that. I will have to check out your virtual party. I have not been to it yet. Also I did get your comment the other day, but blogger won't let me publish it. :-(. Blogger seems kind of weird these days. Also I notice you also have the template by Josh Peterson. So do I and I want to get rid of it. It is messing up how my pictures line up. It is on my craft blog, not my main blog. When I click on edit, there is no "REMOVE" button. If you hear of how to remove that template, let me know. I have checked out the help stuff, but have not figured out how it remove it yet. I did notice that other people want to remove it and can't as well. Grrr!!!

Well, enough of that complaining. Again a very Happy Birthday to you! Have a wonderful day!!!


A Hopeful Heart said...

I am a blog friend of dear Sherry, so that is how I discovered you. I wish you a beautiful birthday. May it be a day filled to overflowing with love and joy...and may it be the beginning of a truly wonderful year.

Patti (Fill My Cup with Beauty)

Amrita said...

Happy birthday Buttercup. Love the cute photo

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

"Blushing Rose" asked me to come over... So I am wishing you a very Happy Birthday!!!

Nancy M. said...

You're such a positive person! I really enjoy visiting with you! I will try and embrace 40 this year just like you are 60!

Teacherfish said...

Happy Birthday Buttercup- Right behind you- I turned 55 yesterday! Email me at having been very slow about blogging lately.

Sheilagh said...

Happy Birthday Buttercup, great post form a lovely lady xxx

Country Whispers said...

Happy 60th Buttercup!
I hope you enjoy your day to the fullest.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Happy Birthday Buttercup! Visiting Sherry and what a party she had for you.. Thought I would stop in... Beautiful blog you have..
So nice to meet you.

Chatty Crone said...

I'm feeling like you do about the years. Growing old isn't for sissies is it?

I have gone to a couple blogs and I see how they are giving you a 'blog' birthday party. That is so sweet.


Debra said...

Happy Birthday Buttercup!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

A very Happy Birthday Buttercup! So glad I stopped by Sherry because I got to find your lovely sit just in time to wish you a Happy Birthday.
Welcome to the 60's and I hope you enjoy every year to come

Good to be a Queen said...

Happy Belated Birthday,
Your post was awesome!!! And I will try to keep it in mind when I turn 50 in March....
Have a great year!!!

LDH said...

A little late but still filled with good wishes for you as you celebrate your birthday! Hope this is a very special year for you!
Kindly, ldh

Mimi said...

HaPpY BiRtHdAy!!!!!!
I missed this one on your special day, please forgive me!!
i sure hope it was a BIRTHDAY to remember a lifetime!I sure wish you would make it out west and we could really celebrate in some fun way, like an old west type party!!
I am so glad I have gotten to know you and I so enjoy your posts!!!
Have a GREAT 60th Birthday and year!!make it special and Make it count!
you are truly worth it all!!!
smiles and Hugs {} a hug!!!
love and hugs,

Live Out Loud said...

I just love your attitude!

You're so great - happy belated birthday!!