It’s coming! It’s coming! Gail’s birthday is almost here, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Neither could she.

I’m sure Gail will celebrate, and I’m sure it will be epic.  This is what happened when she turned 50, so Heaven only knows what 60 will bring.



Gail has started celebrating already.  Last week, I introduced you to “Lola,” the new ride she bought herself for her birthday. And, just as we all did as high school seniors, she got her “senior” pictures taken. For real. As in, with a real photographer. The album has yet to be revealed, but here is a teaser of what is to come:


I am carefully selecting a goodie bag of gifts for her, which is always fun for both of us. We won’t deny that we both love to get gifts. Suzanne feels the same way.

But this is not about material gifts. It is about celebrating the gift of life, love, family, age and time.

This is where you come in: Gail has requested a gift from every reader who is up to this task: Please post your age, and why it is a great age. According to all three sisters of The Sister Lode, age is a gift to be celebrated.

Suzanne will be 50 years old in August, and there will be another party, of course.

I will be 54 in April, and even though it’s not a decade marker, I will, of course, celebrate.

I like to remind anyone who complains about their age that age is a gift. It is an insult to The Giver to complain about it. It is appropriate to say thank you. The old adage is really true; there really is only one alternative to aging. While I do believe there is something better waiting for us when we stop aging, this gift of time here on earth is worth celebrating—every year, every day.

I watched one of my favorite authors on a video the other night, and she reminded me of this insight into aging that I had heard before: we don’t lose the ages we have already been, we get to keep all of them. We get to keep all the good, leave the not-so-good behind, and keep building on the wisdom.

For myself, I wouldn’t want to go back to any previous age. I wouldn’t want to lose the wisdom I’ve gained, and I look forward to gaining more.


Now, it’s your turn. I am keeping this post short on purpose, because I want to hear from you. Please post your age and what you like about it either after our Facebook post or on my WordPress website. No cheating, no lying. Only celebrating.



You won’t want to miss next week’s post. I assure you it will be worth the wait.




14 thoughts on “NOW SHOW US YOURS

  1. I am 53 and am thankful I have the ability to keep learning, the desire to keep exploring, the mental and physical capacity to do so. I am most thankful for many friends and family to share the adventure with!


  2. Happy Birthday Gail. I love your senior picture and the birthday picture at the end of the post was so cute. I am 56 and thankful for every year I have been blessed to have so far. I am grateful that I am still healthy enough to be able to do the things I want to do and enjoy time with family and friends. I hope you have a fantastic 60th birthday party and enjoy every minute of it.


  3. Happy birthday Gail! Me 62! Life is a gift, live the age you are! Enjoy each step and press on. The best part of my age is greater independence mentally and physically and sharing life with kids and grandkids as they explore life in every way. Things , mistakes and personal success just don’t seem as important as the were at other ages! I pray for a more civility and a world more accepting of diversity for each individual to chase their dreams! Enjoy your special day!

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  4. Happy Birthday, Gail, and to all who have birthdays. There is only one thing that I am grateful for my years. I am still here, and with God’s approval I will continue my “hobby” of collecting birthdays. I have been collecting birthdays for 63 years now. Wow!! ❤


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