Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Born during the War


She was born a few months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Not an auspicious time to enter this world. A difficult time for the family who already had two children and now a third. The dad had been drafted and was ready to leave for basic training. If you had three kids, you weren't drafted, but the unborn one didn't count.

Back in those days there weren't daycare centers so as an alternative some children were housed at orphanages as the moms had to work while the husbands went to war. So when the baby was about six months old, she was taken to such a place but, wouldn't eat and cried all the time, so she was brought home and her older sister, who was eleven took care of her, sometime. She stated once that her life was never the same once the baby came. I bet it wasn't.

So, that's how I entered the world. Maybe that's why I have the strong determination to take care of myself and enjoy every minute of my life. Who knows?

Yup today is my birthday - 67, I absolutely cannot believe I'm that old. AND, sorry I do think
67 is old. 66 wasn't nearly as bad.

I'm off to the gym to "stem the tide" of aging and gravity. Ha.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

feliz cumpleanos babs! que cumplas muchos mas!

abrazos,
teresa in l.s.

great picture by the way. you look very youthful!

1st Mate said...

Feliz cumpleanos, amiga! You look better than most women in their forties. How smart you were, at only six months, to figure out a way stay out of that orphanage! And you came out pretty well for having been raised by an 11-year-old.

I'm right behind you: my 67th is in July.

Bob Mrotek said...

Happy Birthday Babs! Don't forget...Every day in every way you're getting better and better!

Calypso said...

Happy Birthday Amiga! And the beat goes on...Stay Tuned!

Robin in Atlanta said...

HAPPY Birthday, Babs!! I too was a WWII baby - it only made us stronger, even if it took us years to realize it. Remember it's not the years in your life - but the life in your years. Yours has been very rich! Here's to 67 more!! Hugs, Robin in Atlanta

Brenda said...

Happy Birthday. Enjoy.

Steve Cotton said...

Happy birthday to one of my favorite people on this whole blogged planet.

Babs said...

Thanks everyone! Your salutations mean a LOT. Well Bliss, I appreciate your sentiments but, if there is a forty year old out there who looks this old, she's in trouble, ha. I purposely put this closeup so you could see all the wrinkles. YIKES. At this point in life, no point in trying to hide it all! Heck, I'm just glad to still be alive........And Steve, equalmente.

Ruco said...

Feliz Cumpleanos Miss Babs, see, it didn't take long for that resiliant Aries spirit to get you back on track. For me as a Cancer, it would have taken months. All the best. Bob (el Ruco)

Diane said...

Happy Birthday! You look great.
Diane

maria luz said...

Happy Birthday!

You are doing pretty darn well and the best is yet to come.

Manana is my 58th! I shall eat cake in your honor! Plus, I just found out I am going to be a grandmother in October. Yay!!!

maria luz

Babs said...

Well, geez, my very own cheerleading group. And, so it goes. Thanks so much.
Stay tuned!

Babs said...

Maria Luz - Happy Birthday to you - we're almost Aries sisters! ANd congrats on the grandbaby - oh my, they are sooooo wonderful!

I'm so committed to losing this weight that I ate a bag of M&M's instead of cake, and I didn't even think they tasted good!

Onward - I said on your comment on "And the beat goes on" to email me - go there for the address.
Ruco - Where in Canada?

Cynthia Johnson and Mike Nickell said...

We watched/listened to Jimmy buffett's CD, Live in Anguilla, today and thought of you...we hope you had a great birthday!

Texas Gal said...

Happy, Happy Birthday Babs. You look really nice in your picture and you look happy too. I hope you had a wonderful day and enjoyed yourself and may you have many, many more Cumpleanos.

Salud!

Pat

Ruco said...

Miss Babs, I live just outside Vancouver British Columbia in the land of tall trees and too much rain. Having said that, we have had 3 days of beautiful sunshine so now we have tall trees, weeds that grow faster than the flowers and grass that doesn't understand the words, don't grow anymore, short is good.

Cynthia said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day.

Kay Cox said...

And I hope you had a good day! And yeah, I had that same feeling...66 wasn't too bad but 67 was getting just too damn close to 70 but what the hey...I can tell you that marching across the threshold of 70 ain't too bad. Not looking bad at all, dear chica, considering the alternative. Good picture of you, by the way. Aries always stay young.

Todd said...

Happy Birthday!

Todd

Felipe said...

You look like you are 18. Or so.

jennifer rose said...

Feliz Cumpleaños!

Babs said...

Felipe - "or so" is the operative word there. Todd - You've come out of hiding! YEAH. Ruco - Ahh, Vancouver, beautiful beautiful country......Jennifer - I didn't know you read the blog! Thanks - Kay - That photo was taken this past Sunday - me, at 67 for posterity - OMG - and thanks to all the rest of you. I think I have to have a birthday every day to hear from so many wonderful people.

Anonymous said...

A belated happy birthday, to you, Babs. Sorry I couldn't have been there to help you celebrate AND 67 is young!! I'll be 70 in July and I still feel young and wonder when I'll grow up! Hope you had a good one and this weekend, have a margarita for me!! Liz in Connecticut

Islagringo said...

I'm going to bake you a birthday cake this weekend. I know you can't be here to enjoy it so I'll eat your piece for you! Wishing you many, many more to come! (and I agree with 1st Mate!)

ccinha said...

You go girl! Have to admire your devotion, habit, whatever it is to the gym. It's obviously working. Just wish you could send a little (whatever it is) this way. I have every excuse to avoid. Is it called gymphobia? Kudos, and keep those upbeat blogs coming. You really don't know how many people you make happy! Happy belated Bday. Ccinha