It happened. I turned fifty today. My mind cannot comprehend my age. This has been a difficult milestone for me. Tears have crowded my eyes today and a heaviness has surrounded me at times. I've talked to God about it, making an effort to praise him for my life and all that is ahead.
And I have been encouraged by all the phone calls and messages on Facebook. At work today my friend Jennifer made me a plate full of gluten free cookies. My loving husband and daughters took me out for Mexican and gave me Mastering the Art of French Cooking. As I looked over my pictures on Facebook I saw that my life has been filled with wonderful family, friends and adventures. It has been a life of joy. My latest adventure was just this pass weekend when my sisters and I took a road trip to Clearwater, Florida where we walked on the beach, talked non-stop, ate great food and wine, went sailing and kayaking! What a fantastic way to celebrate becoming fifty.
So, (I am taking a deep breath) I am excited about tomorrow and being 50 plus one day. Life is good. I think I will love being any age as long as I can celebrate living. Oh, I talked to my middle daughter tonight and she said a person isn't old until they are seventy. That's good to know. I have 20 years to prepare for that one!