Friday, October 24, 2008

"When I'm Sixty-Four"

When I get older losing my hair
many years from now
will you still be sending me a valentine
birthday greeting, bottle of wine
if I'd been out till quarter to three
would you lock the door
Will you still need me
Will you still feed me
When I'm sixty-four

This was not my favorite Beatles song but for today it fits me! What was my mother thinking parting my hair down the middle? I remember school pictures and all the excitement. Weeks later ordering the packets which included small photos for trading with friends. The 50's were so simple, school pictures, milk money and weekly bank deposits on Friday. I also remember an art teacher and a music teacher visiting on a regular basis. Oh, and library day where we were marched over to pick out a was magical to me. There was recess, dodge ball, kickball, four-square and swings and slides but never in those years did I imagine my self reaching 64. I wonder if children are still sweet and excited by school? I'm not around children and it doesn't look promising with my two sons and Pablo's son...single, all three. What are your memories of grammar school?
I'm going to lunch with friend Deena and Pablo and I will go to the movies and dinner. Sunday my youngest son will visit as the 23rd was his birthday...cupcakes for everyone! Oldest son celebrates Nov. 3.
I'm okay at 64, healthy enough, grateful and peaceful....hardly ever lust after "things" anymore. Love creating in my studio, laugh everyday and generally okay with the regrets issue. Love my husband and friends and open to loving more. It's all still magical to me!


  1. Happy, happy birthday, Blue Sky! Best wishes from the Manor for a lovely day. My youngest son's birthday is Nov. 3rd, too. I haven't made cupcakes in ages. I think you've just inspired me to make him some.

    Funny you mentioned Billy Collins' poem, because I had planned to post it today! Synchronicity!

  2. And a very happy birthday to you. I hope your celebration is wonderfully fun and delicious. It sounds like you have a good perspective on life and the changes life brings. There are always so many riches, we just have to look. A toast to 64!!!!

  3. Happy Birthday! - I'm running up on you very soon! - your sentiments echo mine in many ways - have a fabulous weekend - life is good!

  4. Willow, Thank you for the birthday wishes. I'm planning on having one of those perfect days and your wishes are the beginning as well as sunshine and Pablo is picking up the bagels!
    Congratulations on raising a Nov. 3rd boy...he will love the cupcakes!!

  5. Suki, Thank you for your wishes and friendship! I received a Nina Simone CD and THE book Art From Intuition so I am so happy. Pablo had it all wrapped and on my computer chair...I told him to pace himself it is only 9am...he is out picking up bagels..yummmmm!
    64 years and plenty of hills and valleys but today I'll settle for great!

  6. Happy Happy Birthday Dear Mary Ann! Wishing you health and joy today and every day.


  7. I have been viewing your blog for a little while now, and was so pleased to learn you were a little older -- wishing you a very happy birthday! I had my own in August - now I am 65! I really enjoy your blog, and as I am new to this, it has given me much inspiration. Thank you!

  8. Jeane, Thank you so much for your good has been great. I enjoyed your thoughts on home and travel, we meet on that subject as well!

  9. Patrice, Concerning your good wishes...there is the old line "from your lips to God's ears". You are precious to me.

  10. Nice post Blue Sky! :-) It sounds like you had a great day planned. Love the Beatles!

  11. I'm not great on following blogs but yours in one I check in on occasionally. Pleasantly surprised to find it was your birthday. Soooo, happy happy birthday to you! PS - love the muse!

  12. karon leigh, Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the birthday wishes. I visited your site and loved the photos of Arizona.

    Karen, Thanks, I had a great weekend...we went out to dinner a few times and the weather was great. Hope all is well!

  13. HAPPY 64th! (a little late).

    At the time of that song, I remember seeing some artist's imagined portrait of what the Beatles would look like at age 64. Back then I was distressed to see their future sagging faces. Little did I know that two of them would not even make it to that milestone. Being the age I am now, I have a different perspective, one that appreciates the wisdom of experience, the ability to refrain from lusting after those "things."