Sunday, June 3, 2012

When I'm Sixty-Four!

When I'm sixty-four...
When I get older losing my hair,
Many years from now....... 
I was 18 years old when this song was written in 1966, that was 46 years ago. It was released on June 1, 1967 two days before my 19th, birthday. Gosh almighty, what did turning or even reaching 64 mean to me then? My parents were still in their forties and my grandparents had either passed or were somewhere in their sixties. Sixty something seemed a far off destination, a remote thought, I really never gave it much more credence. Ah, the arrogance of youth! I was on the threshold of life, with many adventures yet to be lived and discovered. The Beatles were my idols and Paul McCartney my favorite, life was good! I was a true flower child, a hippie byproduct of the sixties, my strict parents would not allow me to go to Woodstock, however! Crushed and disappointed, I somehow survived and moved forward.
I'm here to say that turning 64 today has now become a reality, yet somehow surreal. The funny thing is that, that young person inside still exists, with perhaps more wisdom, a few more wrinkles (OK, a lot more), but still that desire to discover and learn, with many more adventures yet to be discovered out there on the horizon. Gosh I haven't even seen the green flash yet!
In many ways, living my third trimester of life, has been the gift of life itself. I am healthy, my husband, children and grandchildren are all fine, I am still needed and my soul still being fed by the gifts that opportunity allow. Still loving Paul McCartney, and my Birkenstocks too! Great sandals for anyone with plantar fasciitis, by the way.
I must say that turning 64 is pretty darn coooooool! 
I embrace it gracefully, a lucky person am I!!!
Peace out! Rock on! Wipe out! Am I mixing generations here???
Posted to: Nancy Claelys - A Rural Journal

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14 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

wow! happy birthday to you!!! i'll be turning 49 this next month and feel odd about this older person looking back at me in the mirror, too. :)

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

OMGosh. I just turned 65 and most every thing here I identify with.. I just don't have any Grandkids. I too loved, then and still, Paul McCartney. and I too still feel young inside and wonder how I thought my Grandmother was so old at 63. Happy Third trimester of life!!!! Life is wonderful isn't it? :))

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Happy birthday!!! I started my fifth decade last year and I have to say I might be one of the few that enjoys growing older. Not too happy with some of the physical manifestations that go along with it, but hey, the wisdom I have now is worth it. I remember that song, too and thought 64 sounded as old as Methuselah. Today it seems young. It's all relative, I guess. Hope you had a great birthday! Love the sunset!

Pammie Jane said...

HAPPY TRI-SEMESTER BIRTHDAY ROSEMARY
WHAT AN APPROPRIATE BIRTHDAY SONG FOR YOUR ONCE IN A LIFETIME CELEBRATION TURNING 64-
AHHHH ISN'T LIFE INTERESTING-SO
MUCH TOO SEE- SO MUCH TO DO AND IN THIS LENGTH OF TIME (60 SOMETHING/62 DEC 19TH FOR ME ;)
SO MUCH TO BE ---
Pam

hootnonny said...

Well happy birthday Rose! I'm w/you...there's a young person inside, but the outside belies that! I've always loved that song.

kkkkaty said...

Hi, Rosemary,
Of course this caught my eye today and wish you a very Happy Birthday, indeed!! For me, the 65 mark has made the strongest impact as I think about all there is yet to experience in our short lifetimes. I hear you...right on...peace and love,
Kathy

prideinphotos.com said...

Happy Birthday to you!! I found you through A Rural Journal. I LOVE this Beatles song...will you still need me when I am 64! How true! We all need to be needed!! BTW...we live in the same home town...can you believe this?
Laurie @ Pride In Photos

prideinphotos.com said...

Happy Birthday to You! I have found you through A Rural Journal today. Can you believe we live in the same town? You are doing the right thing, keeping active and bright!
Laurie @ Pride In Photos

lisa. said...

Whatever you're doing, you're doing it right!
Happy Birthday dear Rosemary!!
xo.

Lee Ann L. said...

What a lovely picture. By the way, Happy Birthday! I hope you are having a wonderful celebration! And, I hope you'll have a wonderful year!

Nancy Claeys said...

Happy Birthday Rosemary!

I'm with you -- I'm not sure when it is we are supposed to start acting "our age." Hasn't happened to me either. :)

Shannon Pate said...

Happy birthday! Such a great post!

Deb Crecelius said...

This works for me...
I feel the same way...
I'll be 62 this week.

Linda R said...

I hope your birthday was fabulous.. What a great post.. I just love that song.. I will be the Big "50" this year..

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