Damn right I’m 50 years old today. Got a problem with that?

I’ve been hearing the sniggers for days now. The teasers among y’all have been revving your motors, just waiting for the day… rubbing their collective hands together in glee.

Even my (normally) mild-mannered co-worker couldn’t resist throwing that graphic taunt my way. (Of course, he was 300 miles away before he dared fling it remotely, courtesy of Twitter.)

Guess what? To those threatening to festoon my desk area at work with coffins… to the daughter who said (with a straight face, no less) that she “just didn’t know how she’d be able to handle having a 50 year old mother – it’s HARD on me, you know!” The ones who think I can’t keep up, can’t remember, can’t kick up my heels.

Guess again.

I’m happy with where I’ve been. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished – especially in the last year or so. (Per my doctor, my lipid panels are to die for, while I’m keeping the prescription drugs at bay.)

And if 50 means I can splurge on the occasional birthday donut from Little T – yet will inevitably follow it up with my now-daily bowl of salad greens (go, kale!) for lunch? Am limber enough that I can go dancing with my guy on a weekly basis – yet still bound out of bed the next day to take care of business (or head to the coast to go crabbing at dawn)?

Well, then – I’ll take 50. Because I’ve earned 50.

Happy birthday to me!


  1. The best words in this post? “I’ve earned it.” Life is an experience, not a number. The people I respect most get more vibrant as they get older. Stay healthy in body and mind and the years become a bonus, not an anchor. Have a wonderful birthday!

  2. Betsy Richter

    Jane, Patrick, Linda – thank you all for the words of support & encouragement. So far, so good…

  3. marie

    you’re so right girl! been livin those thirties for two years on the second of november, ive learnt climb mountaineer, love love love! and enjoy a good mojito!xxx

  4. Marie

    that should be:I’ve learnt to climb and mountaineer and love love love! as you can see, i have yet to learn to type. xx

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