Birthdays, Age, And Time


Yesterday, I celebrated my 56th birthday, but the strange part about it is that I actually forgot it was by birthday until I checked my emails in the morning and discovered a dear friend of mine had sent me a Happy Birthday wish.

DUH!

And I immediately thought to myself, “How the hell could you forget your own birthday, Ron?”

But then I remembered a time when I was a kid and my mother said something to the effect, “The older you get the less birthdays seem important.” However, at the time I thought she was NUTS because as a kid, you can’t WAIT until your birthday arrives so you can get birthday cards, a birthday cake, and TONS of presents.

I also remembered a time when I was a kid and my mother had forgotten her birthday, which I thought was totally INSANE because how could ANYONE forget their birthday????

Yet, here I was….forgetting my birthday too!

I pondered this throughout the day and began to wonder if why we get to the point where we forget our birthdays is because, as my mother shared, they just don’t seem so important anymore.

But WHY do they don’t seem so important anymore?

Could it be because of time?

Have you ever noticed how as we getting older, the more time seems to speed up?

As a kid, things like, waiting for our birthday, Christmas, summer vacation, or waiting to be old enough to get our driver’s license seemed to take an ETERNITY.

As kids, we seem to PUSH time away from us.

Yet, as adults, we seem to PULL time toward us.

So, the older we get….time seems to get closer.

And faster.

And shorter.

Therefore, we lose track of time.

Therefore, lose track of our birthdays.

Therefore, lose track of their importance.

Which is a good thing.

Which is why I should continue to forget my birthdays…..

51 comments

  1. Ooooooh Ron, belated birthday greetings. I wish I could forget my birthday. I hope you had a happy day. Don't worry about forgetting, there will come a time when you actually look forward to the next birthday ... and feel proud that you're still around to enjoy it.... hahahahahaa. You must have heard the oldies bragging about their age! However, that is in the future.... you've got a long, long wait! In the meantime, try the memory jogger on Yahoo or something... it's called a calender..................... rushing out to avoid a kick up the backside. Have a nice day x

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  2. I'd love to forget about my birthday, but I don't think my kids will ever let me. Here's my weird thing - I can NEVER remember how old I am.....I have to literally go, "Ok, it's 2011, I was born in 1963, let's see if I can subtract that in my head...." OR I just LIE!

    However..........Happy Birthday, Ron! Hope you ate cake!

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  3. Happiest of birthdays to you, Ron!

    I'm pulling time toward me as hard as I can pull. I am more satisfied with my life the older I get, but still dont want my body to show signs of aging. If only I could stay in a 30 year old body and have the mindset, confidence, and security that the older years bring.

    Hope your week is beautiful.

    xoxo

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  4. Happy birthday! It is so true. The older we get, the faster time seems to go by. It drives me crazy. This is why I feel like I need to pack so much in all the time. Which then makes time feel like it's going by faster. It's an endless cycle.
    Been sick all weekend so fell asleep before I could call on Sat. night. Will try you this week.

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  5. Well, shit! I'm sorry I'm late in wishing you a very happy birthday! I kinda forgot mine, too. Time moves way to quickly now.

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  6. First of all: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RON!! And I wish you many more! You make so many great observations in this post. I especially enjoyed your kid's-eye view of time--Christmas always took forever to get here and now I groan and say, "ugh, it's the freaking holidays again?!?" Still, I believe you're a special person, so your birthday is a special day. It's great to lose track of time, but don't forget to party your ass off! Have a great week, buddy!

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  7. Ha ha! Oh Ron that is so funny. I've never forgotten my birthday and I'm a lot older than you. Mind you, I have forgotten other people's :)

    You're so right about time speeding up as you get older. I liken it to a ball rolling down a hill, picking up speed as it goes.

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  8. OH.MY.WORD! See, I forgot! Hahahaha!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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  9. Good morning Valerie~

    Thank you!

    "Don't worry about forgetting, there will come a time when you actually look forward to the next birthday ... and feel proud that you're still around to enjoy it.... hahahahahaa."

    HA! You're right, because my mother is now saying the same thing!

    " you've got a long, long wait! In the meantime, try the memory jogger on Yahoo or something... it's called a calender..................... rushing out to avoid a kick up the backside."

    Bwhahahahahhhhahhahahahahha!

    Okay, I will. But no kick in the backside, dear lady, because that was HILARIOUS!

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a glorious week!

    X

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  10. Morning Bijoux~

    " Here's my weird thing - I can NEVER remember how old I am.....I have to literally go, "Ok, it's 2011, I was born in 1963, let's see if I can subtract that in my head...." OR I just LIE!"

    OMG! OMG! OMG! I CANNOT believe you just said that because about a month ago I actually had to take a calculator and subtract 1955 from 2011 - I KID YOU NOT!!!!

    Glad to hear I'm not the only one!!!!!!

    Thanks for stopping by, dear lady. And thank you for your Happy Birthday wishes!

    Have a great week.....X

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  11. Hey there myfwbs~

    Thank you!

    "I'm pulling time toward me as hard as I can pull. I am more satisfied with my life the older I get, but still dont want my body to show signs of aging. If only I could stay in a 30 year old body and have the mindset, confidence, and security that the older years bring."

    LOVE IT! That was FLAWLESS!!!!!

    But I know what you mean because I too feel more satisfied with my life the older I get. I feel more 'relaxed' about it.

    I think the 'key' in getting older is to stay young 'mentally'....and then use A LOT anti-aging cream!!!!

    Bwhahahahahahahhahaha!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl! So glad to see you. I miss ya in blogland! Hope all is going well.

    ((((( You ))))))

    Have a beautiful week......XOXO

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  12. Hey Jen~

    Thank you.

    "The older we get, the faster time seems to go by. It drives me crazy. This is why I feel like I need to pack so much in all the time. Which then makes time feel like it's going by faster. It's an endless cycle."

    So true! So true!

    The thing that aging is teaching me the most is to try and live in the moment. I don't always do it, mind you. But when I do, I feel much more relaxed and 'in the moment.'

    So sorry to hear that you're sick :( One of girls I work with is sick too. In fact, it was just this past weekend when she ended up getting a very bad cold.

    You take care, my friend. And we'll talk eventually, no worries.

    Have a great week!

    X

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  13. Hiya Lady Nitebyrd~

    Thank you.

    And please...don't worry about being late because I was late even remembering it - HA!

    And you said it....time moves way too quickly.

    Thanks for stopping by, Sis! Have a great week!

    X ya!

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  14. Hey there Rob~

    Thanks, buddy!

    "I especially enjoyed your kid's-eye view of time--Christmas always took forever to get here and now I groan and say, "ugh, it's the freaking holidays again?!?"

    You said it! And for me, because I work in retail, the holidays seem to come and go faster - UGH!

    "Still, I believe you're a special person, so your birthday is a special day."

    You're right...it IS a special day! That's why I try and do something a little extra special on my birthday - even if it's just eating my favorite meal.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Rob! Muchly appreciated.

    Have a great week too!

    X

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  15. Good morning Babs~

    Tee, hee! Aren't I silly? I just couldn't resist sharing that last photo!

    " I've never forgotten my birthday and I'm a lot older than you. Mind you, I have forgotten other people's."

    GOOD FOR YOU!!!! Yes, and I too have forgotten other people's.

    One year, I forgot the birthday of my best friend in Florida! I felt so bad. I finally remember it TWO weeks later!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend! Have a great week!

    X

    P.S. thanks again for your email last night!

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  16. P.S.#2....

    "OH.MY.WORD! See, I forgot! Hahahaha!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!"

    Bwhahahhhahahahahha! OMG...HOW FUNNY!!!!!!!

    Thank you....X

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  17. "Too old to get laid"?? What is this nonsense you're spewing, Ron? I think your advanced age has caught up with you and caused dementia!!!

    Having said that...happy birthday, my friend!

    I know it's Monday and you're probably working (since you forgot it was your birthday), but I hope you have a great day! A wise friend once told me, no matter how old you get, your birthday is always a special day and should be treated as one. I have since never failed to take her advice to heart myself.

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  18. Mornin' Mark~

    "Too old to get laid"?? What is this nonsense you're spewing, Ron? I think your advanced age has caught up with you and caused dementia!!!

    Bwhahahahahahahahahahahahaha! You think?

    Actually, I'm only kidding. In fact, I got LAID last night.

    However, it was in a DREAM.

    Bwhahahahahahahahahahahaha!

    Thank you for the birthday wish, buddy! And you're right...it IS special day!

    Always great to see ya! Have a marvi Monday!

    X

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  19. Well Ray,
    Another day of age. Happy birthday Old Man. I hope your day was full of light and love. I wish for you comfort and joy. I know that we all grow and we all age yet that is the body that contains the soul, that experiences the rigors of age. Our soul always stays young and in the now. So as you stand and wait for the pee to start and when you discover that air slips more frequently from you ass just know that this is not what you are. You are the warm breeze, the cloud that brings the rainbow you are the friend that is always there. I wish you a Happy Birthday.

    Dave

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  20. Howdy Dave~

    It's sooooooooooooooooo great to see ya, buddy!

    Thank you. And a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you too, my fellow Libra friend!

    And you're soooooo right...our 'soul' stays young and in the now.

    "So as you stand and wait for the pee to start and when you discover that air slips more frequently from you ass just know that this is not what you are. You are the warm breeze, the cloud that brings the rainbow you are the friend that is always there."

    Bwhahahahhahahahahahahahahaaha! OMG! I'm rolling on the floor HOWLING at that!!!!

    Both HILARIOUS and so TOUCHING, Dave! LOVE you're sense of HUMOR!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing the wisdom and laughter!

    You're the BEST!

    Have a great week!

    X

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  21. Hi everyone...

    Just wanted to say that I've gotten more emails about leaving comments and having them dissappear. So, if you left a comment and don't see it here, Blogger ate it.

    So sorry.

    But, I thank you for stopping by and trying to leave a comment. Muchly appreciated.

    I'm working on 'something' to correct this problem, so stay tuned! :)

    Have a FAB week, peeps
    !

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  22. I think birthdays are really for the others in our life. For some reason, it helps all of us "out there" to have a day to attribute to somebody special. So, for you, dear friend Ron, a chance to say "thanks" for all the light and joy you bring to all of us with your musings and postings and bitchings and insightful commentary on all things living. You are a blessing to us all. Kudos on your big day. Again. EFH

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  23. Howdy Expat~

    So great to see ya, bud!

    And thank you SO MUCH for your sweet, and thoughtful comment. It actually made me teary-eyed. What a kind gentleman you are!

    So glad we met through our blogs, sir!

    Hope you have SUPER-DUPER week! And again, thank you!

    X

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  24. what up ron. i tend to forget my bday too and sometimes i think i have one everyday when the time reads 7:17 and then i remember i don't live in dog years.

    hope you enjoyed.

    this is so true


    Yet, as adults, we seem to PULL time toward us.

    So, the older we get….time seems to get closer.

    And faster.

    And shorter.

    Therefore, we lose track of time.

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  25. Happy Birthday ya old fart!

    At 46 my next big milestone will be becoming old enough to be in AARP. What a flipping trill!!!

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  26. *ahem.....mi mi mi mi mi.....*

    HAPPY Birthday to you
    Happy BIRTHDAY to you
    Happy BIRTHDAY
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!

    Happy BIRTHDAY TO YOUuuuUUUUuuuuUUUU!!!

    Loud and offkey, of course.
    And with great love.
    OF COURSE!

    (((((((((((((((((((( Ron )))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    :-)

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  27. Happy Belated Birthday, Ron. I laughed so hard at that last graphic. How funny! It totally caught me off guard.

    It's true, time does seem to speed up as we get older. Perhaps it does because as we get older we get more wrapped up in life and get busier. I know I have. And the funny thing about it is that I still feel like a little girl.

    Wishing you a great 56th year!

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  28. Hey there V Girl~

    " tend to forget my bday too and sometimes i think i have one everyday when the time reads 7:17 and then i remember i don't live in dog years."

    Bwhhahahhahahhahahahaha! OMG...that made HOWL! How FUNNY!!!!

    Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing a birthday laugh!

    Have a fantabulous week, girl!

    X

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  29. Hey Jeff~

    Thank you, buddy!

    "At 46 my next big milestone will be becoming old enough to be in AARP. What a flipping trill!!!"

    Ain't that the truth!!!!

    Hey, I just thought of something....when I hit 62 I'll be able to ride the city buses, trains, and subways for FREE!!!!

    Thanks oodles for stopping by, Jeff! Always so FAB to see ya!

    Have a super week!

    X

    P.S. hey, it's starting to get COLD here. finally feels like FALL. yahooooooooooo!!!!!!!!

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  30. Hiya Mel~

    Aw....thank you dear lady, and fellow Libra!!!!

    "Loud and offkey, of course.

    And with great love.

    OF COURSE!"

    No, not offkey at all! You're voice is STUNNING!!!!

    Much great love back at ya.

    OF COURSE!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and for the song!

    ((((((((((( Mel )))))))))))))))

    X ya bunches and bunches!

    Enjoy your week!

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  31. Hola Denise~

    Thank you, dear girl!

    "I laughed so hard at that last graphic. How funny! It totally caught me off guard."

    Tee, hee! Aren't I sneaky?

    "Perhaps it does because as we get older we get more wrapped up in life and get busier. I know I have. And the funny thing about it is that I still feel like a little girl."

    I think you're right. As we get older we get more responsibility, so time just seems to FLY!

    And it's so true...I too still feel like a little boy.

    *and act like one too*

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and for your Happy Birthday wish. You're a sweetie!

    Have a wonderful week.....X

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  32. Ron!!! Happy Belated Birthday, Sweetie!! I hope you did something wonderful for yourself. You deserve it.

    MUUUUUAHHH!! Love you~

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  33. Hey there Chrissy~

    Aw...thank you, girl!

    I actually had to work that day, but it was really a nice day. It was one of those days when everything goes right.

    Also, I treated myself to A LOT of sweets!

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you had a dynamite Monday and a fab week!

    X to you, Millie, Vinny, and Dino!

    P.S. aren't you lovin' this cool weather??

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  34. Aww, please tell me that that t-shirt is a lie! Cus time does march on rather quick and I don't want that reality to creep up on me too fast. Boo! :(

    Big birthday greetings to you though. Heck, maybe that t-shirt will be proven wrong sooner rather than later too though, if that psychic was right. Fingers crossed that a late bday present might just surprise you. :D

    Katherine
    xoxo

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  35. Greetings Katherine~

    "Aww, please tell me that that t-shirt is a lie! Cus time does march on rather quick and I don't want that reality to creep up on me too fast. Boo!"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes! Yes! It IS a lie. I SWEAR!

    "Heck, maybe that t-shirt will be proven wrong sooner rather than later too though, if that psychic was right. Fingers crossed that a late bday present might just surprise you."

    HOLY COW, Katherine...you're right, I totally forgot about what the psychic said. So, I better get a manicure and pedicure - HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!

    Thanks loads for stopping by dear lady. And also for your birthday wishes.

    (((( Katherine ))))

    Have a great week....X

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  36. Bon anniversaire... happy b-day Ron! You are the greatest. (I bet you could get laid too, you most likely do do so...) Oops. So daring the lil' Susu this morn'.

    Age is only a number. An indication. A fact. then we live the way we do. If staying young means funny and open-minded, then that is a goal.

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  37. Holy shoot....I had no idea. Happy Birthday, my friend! Here's hoping that you got all that you wished for.

    Something will be on its way to you from us shortly!

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  38. Happy birthday to YOU! Happy Birthday to YOU!
    Happy birthday dearest wonderful fantastical spectacular incredible Ron, Happy Birthday to YOU! And many more....

    I knew it was sometime during Libra. :)

    I know some who don't give their birthday much thought, but can I just tell ya, I'm not one of them!! OH NO, I want the full fanfare, whenever possible. Ron actually took the day off from work last year to spend with me (because he knows I am the sweet pumpkin fairy princess... or however it was he addressed my card one year...ha!) and we went over to Philly and up onto the observation platform of City Hall. If he's unable to spend the whole day with me, we atleast do dinner out. If I'm by myself I'll usually go and do a little Christmas shopping but YES I tell people it's my day while I'm out there.

    11/23 is the date! Remember it! Write it down! That's NOVEMBER 23rd, Sagittarian extraordinaire! WooHooooo! hehe

    So whether you remember your birthday and celebrate or not, just know that you are loved. And many good wishes are coming your way for a year of happy and healthy. ENJOY!

    xo

    These cool temps should have you singing! Wonderful, isn't it? As I sit here in my flannel pj's feeling the chill in the air. Mmmm.... FALL!

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  39. Bonjour Susu~

    "(I bet you could get laid too, you most likely do do so...) Oops. So daring the lil' Susu this morn'"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA! I LOVE IT, SUSU!!!! You GO, girl!

    "Age is only a number. An indication. A fact. then we live the way we do. If staying young means funny and open-minded, then that is a goal."

    I loooooove how you said that!!!! And you're soooooooooooo right! Age is only a number.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, beautiful lady! And thanks for your wise words!

    Have a gorgeous week!

    Ciao...X

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  40. Howdy Herman~

    Thank you for your birthday wishes, buddy!

    And as I shared.....I had no idea it was my birthday either - DUH?!?!

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you're having a great week!

    X to you and the family!

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  41. Goooood morning Crystal Chick~

    Aw...thank you SO MUCH for your sweet words and birthday wishes.

    ((((( You ))))))

    I know SO MANY Libra's (my mother in fact), and remembered THEIR birthdays this year, but for some reason forgot mine - HA!

    " Ron actually took the day off from work last year to spend with me (because he knows I am the sweet pumpkin fairy princess... or however it was he addressed my card one year...ha!) and we went over to Philly and up onto the observation platform of City Hall."

    Oh, how WONDERFUL! Isn't it something how once you get up to the observation deck of City Hall, you realize how HIGH up it is? Yet, looking at it from down below, it doesn't look all that high up. I took a friend up there who was visiting me from Florida and she FREAKED!!!!

    "11/23 is the date! Remember it! Write it down! That's NOVEMBER 23rd, Sagittarian extraordinaire! WooHooooo! hehe"

    Okay, I'll mark that date on my calendar, as not to forget - HA!

    "So whether you remember your birthday and celebrate or not, just know that you are loved. And many good wishes are coming your way for a year of happy and healthy. ENJOY!"

    Thank you, my friend. Thank you!

    Hope you're having a glorious week and enjoying these cool temps., because as you have guessed...I certainly am! Yahoooo! Singing...Fall is here! Fall is here!

    X

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  42. Oh Ron! Happy 56th Birthday, my Libra friend! xoxoxo

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  43. Hello Meleah~

    Thank you, my fellow Libra friend!

    I can't wait to find out when YOUR birthday is this month!!!!

    Thanks for stopping by! Hope you're feeling better....

    ((((( Meleah )))))

    xoxoxoxo

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  44. I downloaded a different browser, google chrome, and believe this is the answer to the problem with comments not sticking. Apparently something in the version of IE installed on this laptop is incompatible with the blogger engine (maybe?). Don't quote me on that. But I have been experiencing success with google chrome. yay! diane

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  45. Hey there Diane~

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!! You were able to comment!!!

    "I downloaded a different browser, google chrome, and believe this is the answer to the problem with comments not sticking. Apparently something in the version of IE installed on this laptop is incompatible with the blogger engine (maybe?)"

    Yes! I think you're right because I read in one of Bloggers forums that certain versions of IE are not compatible with Blogger, which is absolutely ridiculous, isn't it? I've also notice that those who use Mac computers don't have problem leaving comments because they use Safari.

    Anyway, I'm installing a new commenting format on this blog tonight, so you will see it on tomorrow's post. Stay tuned!

    And thanks SO MUCH for stopping by and letting me know.

    You're a sweetheart!

    X to you and Cristybella!

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  46. Happy Birthday Ron!!!!!!! Your Bro Tom.

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  47. Hey TOM!!!!!!!!

    Great to see ya, bro!

    Thank you!

    And thank you for stopping by to leave a comment. And for trying out my new commenting system!

    Tell mom I said, Hi!

    X

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  48. oh ronnie, what a bad friend i am .... i saw this post and that it was your bday and then *I* forgot to wish you a happy day!! what kind of friend does that anyway??? i feel terrible!! however i cannot do anything but apologize to you and say happy birthday, dear friend now.... i love you and hope you had a good day doing everything your little sweet heart desired. xoxoxoxoxo and extras for being such a sweet friend and not letting me know what a loser i was for not at least acknowledging it is/was your birthday....sighsighsigh, i am so distracted these days really and now i am going to use this new system of yours...funny thing is i was going to use this too and now i can see how it works for you....i too HATE blogger's commenting system and so many cannot leave me one...what's up with that???? stupid blogger.... xoxoxoxxooxoxoxoxoxoxo

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  49. Good morning Linda~

    Oh, please don't worry because as you read, I FORGOT my birthday too!

    HA!

    Yes, please check out Disqus because it truly is a great commenting format. AND it's compatible with Blogger!

    "i too HATE blogger's commenting system and so many cannot leave me one...what's up with that???? stupid blogger.... "

    I know how you feel because I am so over Blogger's commenting format!

    Thank you for stopping by and wishing me a Happy Birthday, dear friend!

    ((((( Linda ))))

    xoxoxo

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  50. um, well this just goes to show how MIA i've been. UM, HAPPY BELATED BDAY BESTIE!!!!


    seriously, i hate bdays and forget mine half the time. You don't look at day over 55! hahaha, jk. You look fab as long as you don't rip your eyebrows out cus of blogger ;)

    love ya!!!

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  51. Hey Blunt~

    Aw...thank you, girl!

    "You don't look at day over 55! hahaha, jk. You look fab as long as you don't rip your eyebrows out cus of blogger."

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you're having a swell week!

    X ya!

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