Monday, July 6, 2009

You And Me And 53

It seems like yesterday I was 23. What was I doing at 23? Hmmm let me think...ah yes...I was on the road with a band out of Fort Worth, Texas called Camp and Co. and Pat Benetar songs were my friends. We crammed an ungodly amount of humanity into a Ford Suburban, hooked a trailer to the back of it with our equipment and proceeded to set the world of Holiday Inn disco lounges on fire with our talent. The term "disco inferno" was no doubt coined for us. Yes, the blonde in front is moi. There are no words I can give you that can make up an excuse big enough for the outfits we wore.

It's amazing what you can do at 23 that you could even begin to think of living through at 53. Yes, there I said it....FIFTY THREE! Thursday I will be 53! OK, so it doesn't really feel like it was just yesterday that I was 23. It feels every bit like it was 30 years ago. But, when I look back at the girl who lived behind a microphone by night and whispered by day because the smoke-filled clubs had eaten her voice, I am grateful to be the woman I am now instead of the girl I was then. My days are filled with art, dogs, friends, family and art again. There are no words that I can write in sentence-form that will express the gratitude I feel for the life I have now.

Words. I feel a little improv coming over me. Words. I wanna write some words. Without giving it any thought...I'm going to just pour out the first 53 words that come to mind. Wouldn't a therapist have a field day with this! Here's my list just because I'm feelin' free at 53!

Ready? Set! Go! (And no, those are not the first three words)...

Grace
Incognito
Passion
Why
Forgiveness
Dog
Sister
Bohemian
Litigious
Free
Hammock
Rambunctious
Howdy
Paint
Texture
Satisfaction
Bold
Doo-dads
Chemistry
Rebel
Begonia
Sherbert
Honeymoon
Pillow
Calvary
Sedated
Gotham
Layers
Peach
Nape
Sassy
Commerce
Moonstruck
Service
Hope
Bombarded
Simple
Corgi
Royal
Wisdom
Geranium
Home
Philanthropic
History
Peaceful
Blizzard
Mother
Awakening
Porch
Husband
Adobe
Rumpus
Generosity


Those are some of my favorite words.

53 is my new favorite number.

20 comments:

The Feathered Nest said...

Happy Birthday KC! What a wonderful post....it's amazing how fast the time flies isn't it? Love your words ~ xxoo, Dawn

Debra said...

Congrats! You beat me to 53 by about 5 months. Happiest Birthday! May you celebrate many more.

sf said...

Luv ya!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

"...I am grateful to be the woman I am now instead of the girl I was then."

AMEN and amen! My favorite new number is 56 -smile-.

Oh KC, it makes my heart GLAD to know you love the person you are now and have forgiven the person you were then. All of us have forgiveness to bestow upon ourselves but few of us reach that level of maturity. For those of us who do...how totally LIBERATING!
Happy Birthday and may your -many more- years be full of LIFE!

Coleen said...

Happy 53!!.......I too am grateful for the 56 yr old woman I have become....but, I do long for my former 23 yr old body!!! hee-hee!

Heart Hugs,
Coleen

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

Happy Happy Happy!

Karin said...

Hope you had a great day!

Jamie V said...

Have a wonderful year! 53 is a good number! I'll be looking at 50 in 6 months... Best wishes to you. Jamie V in MT

Rebecca said...

Happy Happy 53! I wish you the best and hope you have a little fun on your birthday.
May the Lord bless you and keep you--May His face shine upon you and give you grace.
Rebecca

Sharon said...

KC I wish you a very Happy Birthday. I love your words, I would as one to your list (maybe more) but one would be bichon. Happines to you, Sharon

Halo Hill said...

Happy Happy 53rd my sweet friend! I'm enjoying my 52nd, and here's hoping 53 is your best one YET! Hugs and bliss and blessings on you!

Love,
Sheila

Anonymous said...

Hi KC,
Wow what a great life you've lived , so far .....
Enjoy your special day on Thursday " Happy Birthday "
Hugs Lorraine x

The Rustic Victorian said...

Happy Birthday KC !!! I just had the 57..so 53 sounds easy,,although I don't remember it. HaHa
Have a wonderful year!
Marcie

Maureen L White said...

KC,
I loved reading your 53 words. I think being in our fifty's is the best. For sure one always feels a bit more thankful for each day and hopes to live it to the fullest. Happy birthday and celebrate.

Angie at Free Rein said...

53 is not as old as it used to be. Happy Birthday! Oh, I love Moonstruck too.

Marlene said...

Happy Birthday again KC. Your post has made me laugh and cry. Happy to have made it to 53 myself. OMG those 20's were awesome but glad they are OVER! Have a good one!

Mountain Salt Studio said...

Let the wild rumpus begin!

flatwoodsfolkart said...

What an amazing year you will be having at 53!!!! So many wonderful blessings are in store for you sweetie!!

Happy, Happy Birthday!!!

xo,
Lesley

Dorthe said...

Wow , what a list of all kinds of wonderfull words to use every day, making beautifull moment.
Wishing you again a very happy birthday sweet.

xo Dorthe

Pam Warden Art said...

You and I are the SAME age, 53 on July 11th. You are OLDER :)
Hugs,
Pam