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Monday, July 11, 2016

Fifty

"We live so many lifetimes in one lifetime.
Dreams shift, reality transforms, and emotional resiliency sees us through." 
-me, Woman on the Verge of Paradise

It's a strange time. I feel like I've split into two selves: one, a woman who acts adult-ish; and two, a little girl who waits to be given a grape lollipop or homemade chocolate chip cookie. I mean, I'm always trying to evolve into a better person, but I still feel like that little girl. And I often act like one. Plus when I look in the mirror, I see one (that is, when I remove my bifocals, shut off the lights, and play "Let's Pretend"). So it's extra weird to have recently turned a corner to...50. Yikes. That's one-half of one-hundred. It's a biggie. I'd choose denial, but that's unlike me. Plus, why ignore a good reason for chocolate cake?

So I playfully welcomed my fifth decade with help from some special people. For one, there's Bernie. He's so thoughtful. He bought my birthday cake, as proven by the yellow icing. See:
My good friend Lara gifted me with Bernie socks too, and she flew in from Oregon to help me celebrate. Lara mentioned a Pin the Kiss on Donny Osmond game she played as a wee child. Naturally, I spun the idea into something much more mature...

Sadly, my kiss touched-down closer to Cruz (Yuck!) than Bernie. Note that nobody landed near Martha Stewart's mouth. The Trump-Rosie combo got a lot of action, however. And, well, Bernie's nether regions did alright too. Carly reaped a nearly direct smooch, but Taylor Swift had no luck.

All in all, it was a sweet start to the big 5-0 thanks to good friends and my Bernie.

Take good care, and please drop by. I'll feed you yummy leftovers. I'll also blindfold you and see where your kiss lands.

Whatever life tosses you, keep faith that emotional resiliency will see you through. 

54 comments:

  1. Happy birthday, Dear Robyn. 50 is a good age. I have been 50 myself for 16 years. May you encounter at least as much mirth in the coming years as you have brought into mine.

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  2. Happy birthday, Robyn!! I am 36, even though I was born in 1934; I believe that when you find an age you really like, you should stay there.

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    1. Thirty-six is the double chai (double good luck) year, Fishducky. That's a doubly good choice and a doubly good strategy. Thank you.

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  3. Fun, fabulous and f*cking fifty! Congrats! You will so rock this amazing decade. And of course Taylor had no luck in the kissing game. Poor girl will just go write a mega hit song about it though.

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    1. I've been thinking about the double birdie thing too, Deb. Happy thoughts, thanks to you.
      Taylor, Taylor, Taylor, she does get lots of kisses, before she shakes 'em off.

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  4. Happy birthday, Robyn. 50 ain't so bad... I just read somewhere that if you ain't grown up by the time you're 60, you don't have to. I'm closing in on becoming Peter Pan.

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    1. That's good, Sage, because I've long given up on the growing up thing (ever since I realized I'd stay 4'8" - or well before then). Smiles.

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  5. Happy birthday! Welcome to fifty. Just ignore the number.

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    1. If you can do it so gracefully, Alex, I'll follow your lead. Thanks.

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  6. Feliz cumpleaños, chica! You're a spring chicken... or something better... a chocolate bunny?

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    1. A spring chocolate chicken bunny? Nah, that's just weird. Then again, so are we. Right? Muchas gracias, mi amigo.

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  7. Happy birthday and what a great party!!!!! I so wish Bernie had gotten the delegates needed for nomination. I cannot believe we're stuck with Hillary.

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    1. It's a bitter blow, but I'm slightly relieved and at least somewhat hopeful. Thank you, JoJo. We shall keep on keepin' on.

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  8. Happy birthday. Blindfolds, chocolate and kissing, what a way to bring it in.

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    1. All that was missing were the handcuffs. At least, that's what Martha Stewart would say about the evening. ;-0

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  9. I agree with FIshducky - stay the age you like the best. Happy Birthday!

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    1. It's a great philosophy, and that's how she keeps herself so young - in addition to her creative mind, sharp with, and sense of humor. She's a peach, that fishducky.
      Thanks, Wilma.

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  10. Congrats on The Big Five Oh! The best is yet to come, Robyn!

    Oh, and Taylor Swift isn't hard up for kisses right now. She's snagged Tom Hiddleston ferchrissakes! Unless of course it's really all just a show-mance, staged for her next album/video release.

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    1. I sure do like the sound of "The best is yet to come." Nobody else whose turned the corner has told me that the 50s suck, so I'm going with your attitude, Deb.

      I know, right? Taylor Swiftlips sure gets around.

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  11. You look like a young girl, Robyn--with red curls
    bursting with exuberance, bright eyes which see
    everything and a grand big smile. Congratulations on your fifty, which looks like twenty.

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    1. You're so eloquent and sweet, dear Margaret. Thank you kindly.

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  12. Birthday greetings, Robyn. You are older than your age in wisdom, and younger than your age in naughtiness. ;)

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    1. Haha! Younger in naughtiness, huh? I'll take it. Thank you, my beloved Gorilla.

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  13. Happy Birthday Robyn. Welcome to the club. I was a David Cassidy fan back in the day. I wish you all the best and lots of chocolates. Keep smiling - you bring joy to this world

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    1. Thank you, Joanne. Sean Cassidy was more my type - what with his feathered hair and soft looking skin and all. Ahhh, he was dreamy. Da doo ron ron ron...

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  14. Happy 50th, Robyn. I've been in that club for about a year and a half now, and I can honestly say that's it's great! Wishing you many more wonderful years ahead. Have fun and enjoy!

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    1. Yay! Another 50+er who tells me it's great. Thank you, good Martha!

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  15. Congratulations on turning fifty, a number I see only from a rear view mirror.

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    1. Thanks, Stephen. I didn't go into all the dark reasons that make me feel I've earned your congratulations. I appreciate it.

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  16. Happy birthday! I turned 50 this year, too. And I was excited. I don't look 50. Neither do you. We need to revel in our beautiful youthfulness.

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    1. Yes! We deserve to revel, us youthful red headed sphinxes. =)

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  17. Happy HAPPY BIRTHDAY, my dear blogger friend. I hope this decade is the best one yet with more to follow.

    I totally get where you are coming from about being split between your little girl self and your adult self. I have always felt like that and I am now into my 60s.

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    1. Thanks so much for understanding, and for the sincere wishes. Hugs to you, Cheryl.

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  18. Happy 50th! It sounds like you had a lot of fun at your party. Good friends, entertaining games, and chocolate cake. How can you go wrong? Wishing you much happiness in this upcoming year. :)

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  19. I remember waayy back when I was fifty, although it was in this century. I am happy for your maturation, but glad you still have your youthful attitude. As far as kissing games I have learned this. Always know what to kiss and when to kiss it. Hugs to you you sweet young thing!

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  20. Happy Happy friend sweet Robyn!! 50 looks fabulous on you. That sounds like such an amazing night with cake and Bernie. I am not far behind you. I just turned 48 a few months ago. I still refuse to grow up!

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  21. Happy birthday! Fifty isn't bad at all . . . at least, it wasn't last year when I hit it. Fifty-one is just as good, so I'll give you the thumbs up to move forward next year with ease. Glad you were able to celebrate it in style!

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for dropping by and commenting, Lynda. I've only heard good things about the 5th decade, so I'll take your word for it. Thumbs up backatcha.

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  22. Saw the pictures on Facebook. So cool. I wish I had a birthday party even half that rockin' in the last 10 years.

    I'm just glad to hear that I'm not the only one who still feels like an oversized child no matter how many years go by.

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    1. Definitely not the only one. But I do look like an oversized child. I see this when kids stare at me and try to figure out if I'm a big post-pubescent kid or a grown-up.

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  23. Happy, Happy Birthday, my dear friend! You were surrounded by your close friends and it looks like you had a great time. I feel much like you. I'll be fifty soon too and I don't feel it on most days. Sure, some body aches and pains but inside my head, I'm 16. Love ya!!

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    1. I'm 7 years old, far from learning to drive.
      Love ya too, darling.

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  24. Happy Half Century! Wow. What a milestone.
    (That means mine's coming too). Glad you had a good time. Sounds like fun, though disappointing to see that your cake didnt have more chocolate on it!

    Kisses and hugs!
    X O X O

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    1. I don't it's weird and wrong of ME, Anthony, but I am not a big fan of chocolate cake - I mean, the cake itself. I love chocolate filling, chocolate ice-cream, icing and all that - but not cake it self. I know, I know. *Hanging head low in shame.*

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  25. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I'm so happy you had a great time!

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  26. Happy birthday, Sweetie! You can blindfold me anytime you want.
    Are you getting nostalgic for the century in which you were born?

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    1. Thank you, Jono. Wink. x
      There are definitely things I'm nostalgic for. Then again, there wasn't the internet, and I wouldn't know you or any of my peeps here were it not for the internet.

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  28. What?? I would have never guessed that you were 50! You don't look it at all. I'm glad you had a fun birthday!

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