THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE HAPPY, KIND, FUNNY, WONDERFUL MESSAGES WHICH I RECEIVED YESTERDAY AS I CELEBRATED MY BIRTHDAY BY MYSELF WITH STILL NOT MUCH OF A VOICE AND NOW A BIT OF A COLD AS “FROSTING” (??) ON TOP OF IT…. I’M KIND OF “HOME-BOUND.” BUT ONE THING I DECIDED TO DO WAS TO POST ALL THE THINGS I PUT ON MY FB PAGE TO CELEBRATE MY BIRTHDAY (AS IF ANYONE WOULD BE AT ALL INTERESTED IN SUCH A COLLECTION….) BUT IF IT’S ONLY SO I HAVE IT ALL “IN ONE PIECE,” IT’S WORTH MY LITTLE EFFORT ON THIS MORNING WITH THE SNOW COMING DOWN THICK AND HEAVY AND BEAUTIFUL!!!!
NOW…. BEFORE I PUT EVERYTHING HERE WHICH WAS IN SEVERAL FB POSTS YESTERDAY, I JUST HAVE TO REMIND MYSELF (AND ANY OF YOU WHO NEED REMINDING) THAT I’M NOT YET FINISHED!! I’M STILL THE ONE WHO KISSED A STINGRAY IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC (BORA-BORA) LAST YEAR!!! LET THAT EVENT NOT BE FORGOTTEN!!!
AND NOW I’LL PUT IN EVERYTHING FROM YESTERDAY (JUST FOR MYSELF… BUT YOU’RE WELCOME TO TAKE A LOOK IF YOU’D LIKE)
MUCH LOVE AND THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR HELPING MEE CELEBRATE!!!!!
TODAY’s THE DAY. I’M 78 NOW. GETTING A BIT “OVER THE HILL,” RIGHT? OH WELL. I’M STILL HAVING FUN AND ENJOYING SO MANY AMAZING EXPERIENCES AND OPPORTUNITIES, AND DEEPLY APPRECIATING AMAZING TENDER MERCIES, SWEET FRIENDSHIP, AND STILL WITH MY OWN TEETH. I’M HAPPY. LIFE IS GOOD. I CAN NEVER THANK EACH OF YOU PERSONALLY FOR THE HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES YOU’RE SENDING MY WAY… I WOULD IF I COULD, BUT I HAVE SOME OTHER THINGS I NEED TO GET DONE TODAY… SO I’LL JUST SAY “THANK YOU SO VERY, VERY MUCH!!!” ENJOY YOUR DAY — I’M GOING TO ENJOY MINE (GRIN) (NOW A BURST OF LAUGHTER). WITH MUCH, MUCH LOVE, MEE
CHARLOTTE AND I BOTH BECAME NURSES. IT TOOK ME 4 YEARS (AT BYU), BUT IT TOOK CHARLOTTE ONLY 2 YEARS (AT RICKS). SHE TOOK CARE OF BABIES (NURSERY/NICU) FOR MANY YEARS. I MOSTLY TOOK CARE OF PATIENTS A LOT OLDER THAN I, NEVER BELIEVING THAT SOMEDAY I’D BE “OLDER.” OK… OLD. I DON’T THINK NURSES WHO TAKE CARE OF ME WHEN I’M OCCASIONALLY IN NEED OF THEM HAVE ANY IDEA HOW CLOSELY I OBSERVE ALL THAT THEY DO (LIGHT LAUGH TRACK IN THE BACKGROUND). AND BY THE WAY (IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING) IT WASN’T EASY WEARING A CAP AND “DRESS UNIFORM” AND SHOES THAT HAD TO POLISHED (WITH “SANI-WHITE” OF COURSE) FREQUENTLY… SOMEONE GOT SMART, AND NURSES DRESS MUCH MORE COMFORTABLY AND SENSIBLY THESE DAYS…. LIFE WAS DIFFERENT IN THE LATE 1800’s…….
I’M SURE YOU ALL REMEMBER TIMES WHEN YOU LOOKED AT AN OBITUARY AND THOUGHT 60 WAS OLD… RIGHT?? I’M HERE TO TELL YOU THAT 60 IS VERY, VERY YOUNG (AT LEAST FROM MY VIEW). I HAD SUCH A FUN, WONDERFUL CHILDHOOD THAT I NEVER THOUGHT ANY PART OF MEE WOULD EVER EVER WEAR OUT!! IT WAS A MYTH… I’M WEARING OUT!! WHEEEEEEE!!!
ONCE UPON A TIME MANY YEARS AGO THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL WHO WONDERED WHAT HER LIFE WAS GOING TO BE LIKE (BUT MOSTLY SHE JUST PLAYED AND HAD FUN, KNOWING SHE’D NEVER EVER EVER GROW OLD!!) GUESS WHAT, LITTLE GIRL!!! YOU’RE OLD!!! HA HA … AND SO IS YOUR LITTLE SISTER CHARLOTTE!! HA HA
AS THE YEARS GO BY, I THINK AND LAUGH MORE ABOUT GETTING OLDER …. I REMEMBER MOM USED TO SAY, EVEN AS SHE GOT IN HER 90’s, SOMETHING LIKE “I STILL FEEL SO YOUNG INSIDE!” I’M NOT SURE I FEEL THAT WAY RIGHT NOW… BUT I KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT SHE MEANT. I LAUGH MORE AT THOUGHTS LIKE THIS ONE: WISDOM COME WITH AGE… SOMETIMES AGE COMES ALONE… I THINK THAT’S HILARIOUS. ANOTHER: OLD AGE COMES AT A VERY BAD TIME. YEP. AGAIN I THANK ALL OF YOU FOR THE “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” WISHES!!! Love, MEE
Oh! Get better soon. Thanks for compiling these…you are a rock star!
HA HA! Thanks! Love, Melon
Love all the pictures and of course your take on things always makes me smile! Love the Stingray photo 🙂 I miss you friend …Keep Celebrating you deserve it~ Love u EE
Oh my dear, dear “Formie”… How I wish Leanne and I could hope in Scooter (my Subaru… unconscious right now, so stuck in the garage…) and come to see YOU! I love you! Please know that even when I’m so POOR about keeping in touch…. LOVE! Melon
These posts are so much FUN!!! 🙂 I love the one of you kissing the stingray and then the next picture were you are celebrating and Leanne is laughing her head off!! That picture makes me feel HAPPY!! 🙂 HA! I really love it when you share bits and pieces of your life with us. The pictures from your youth are so fun to see and as you tell us your experiences, I can picture them in my mind. SO FUN!! You have ALWAYS been so entertaining, haven’t you!? You’re INCREDIBLE! Thank you so much for sharing your birthday with US! You are so loved and valued beyond measure. I’m happy you enjoyed your birthday!!! I love you tons! 🙂
WOW. What a sweet, wonderful note from the ONE AND ONLY SISTAH!!! You know I love you (and appreciate you!!) Melon
Thank You for sharing You. My birthday was March 2. I turned 69; and yes I still ski (half day) and play on the floor with my adorable grandchildren who think I just the 6 part.
Thank You for sharing the very beautiful photographs of you and your sister. I pretend like I’m a photographer sometimes, so I appreciate lovely photography.
Thanks for the compliment on the photography! I think Homer Jones in Cedar City did the earliest ones. Thanks! Mee
This is wonderful to see all the photos in this post – thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts! Happy Birthday! I love you!
It was really FUN putting them all together in one place! Thanks for your note! I love you too!!!
So very happy and surprised to see your post today MEE! I have missed your wonderful insights, and testimony. Welcome back. huggggs
Thank you, Fran
Happy birthday. Sorry your feeling under the weather but hope your feeling better soon. Loved your humour on aging. We are all going to get there so we might as well enjoy the journey along the way.
Happy birthday. Sorry your feeling under the weather but hope your feeling better soon. Love your humour on aging
We are all going to get there so we might as well enjoy the journey along the way.
Thanks, Edi. I love your note!
Thanks for your note, Edi
We will never “be old” you and I. I’m glad that my Spirit stays young. If I look this old when I return Home, I hope that someone will recognize me. I will come looking for you in ten or twenty years. You are a dear friend. So glad that we can meet once a year for lunch. I’m looking forward to our class reunion. I hope to see you there. I hope that I last long enough to be there. Ha, ha.
Thank you, dear friend. I loved seeing you at the lunch thing (I don’t make it to all of them). I’ll be in Montana when the “Class of 58” reunion happens… SHUCKS! I really enjoy each one I’m able to attend. Much love to you — and oh what a reunion we’ll have “OVER THERE” someday… looking GOOD!!! Much love, Mee
Dear Mary Ellen Edmunds,
I just turned 73 in February. I relate to everything you posted about your birthday and getting older.
I love your sense of humor. I love to laugh. It is a blessing to laugh. My husband (now deceased) made me laugh all the time. I miss him so much. If we went out to dinner the the steak was tough, he would say, “this steak is tougher than boiled owl.” I think he liked me because I would laugh at his jokes, even if I had heard them before. I’m sure you have heard this before, “the sad part about getting old is . . . you stay young on the inside, but nobody can tell anymore.”
I love that you have a happy, positive outlook on life. The following is a quote I love about handling the difficulties of life. “Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a
cactus, but you don’t have to sit on it.” Have a blessed day and get well soon!
Thanks for your wonderful note! I love the quotes! And I love the “boiled owl” thing — I have a feeling I’d have laughed with you!! Carry on… and don’t sit on the cactus! Love, mee
MEE – you are still the cutest and funniest girl we know! We love you and are glad you celebrated with a smile . David is hot on your tracks…and will join you in double 7’s soon!! Get better and stay healthy for spring!
Love you – much Aloha! D.& L.
Double 7’s, eh? Such a young thing! HA HA… I owe you a 50-page letter, and I wish I could really do that. Too much going on right now… but I still pray for you daily. And I think OFTEN of the incredibly sweet time Leanne and I had staying with you — you’re SO KIND and SO WONDERFUL!! Much love to you always!!! Melon
I loved your post. And you…Yeah, my body laughs at me also when I talk of still being young. But I keep working at it and sometimes, I succeed in forgetting those years which are piling on top of me and just enjoy the blessings of the day and the activity and friends and family. and it’s all good. Thanks be to God. I feel blessed and I know you feel the same. Good life, good memories…Again, happy birthday…I’ll be having my big day in a couple of weeks…Oh Dear!!
Oh how I love you, Norma Rae. I wish I were able to “get up and go,” and I’d drive down there to visit you! I wish Ann and I could come together for an amazing trip down OUR “Memory Lane.” Happy Birthday to YOU! Thanks for your note!