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The middle ages

Yesterday I celebrated a birthday.  And by celebrated, I mean that I did not do housework, and was taken out to dinner not once, but TWICE.  At real restaurants. That do not have drive-thru service.

And yes, one of them included Cracker Barrel.  Which is a recurrent theme in my life right now.

I wasn’t going to mention this particular birthday, because I’ve reached an age that I can’t quite wrap my own head around.  An age that the AARP thinks we’re on a first name basis.  But alas, Fiddledaddy confiscated my header because he thinks it’s funny to mess with me.

A rather sobering birthday revelation I’ve had is that I’ve come to the end of the road as far as my drivers license goes.

The last time I had to have a drivers license picture taken, WAS BEFORE EMME WAS BORN.  The other day, a sales clerk took a look at my license, looked up at me, back down to the picture, and then back up to me.  She took a few moments to study my haggard face.

“Wow.  That was a really good picture.”

“Yes, you noticed the calm and well rested look on my face?  IT WAS BEFORE I HAD CHILDREN.”

As soon as I unearth my birth certificate, social security card, proof of residence, and S.A.T. scores from 1978, I’m due to head down to the license bureau, wherein I will stand in a two hour line with 3 children, and then take the most hideous picture known in drivers license history.

And I will likely then be stuck with that picture until I’m a grandmother.

Wherein shop keepers will stare at my pinched and tired face, look up at me and say, “Wow, that was a really good picture.”

But I will have no need to renew it at that point, because I plan to allow my children to chauffeur me around while Fiddledaddy and I sit in the back seat and bicker nonstop.

Happy birthday to me.


18 Responses to The middle ages

  • HappyvBirthday to you. 50 is not so bad (now that I’m closing in on 60 I can say that). Going out to eat means no dishes and the senior special looks good to you plus all the perks of discounts! Love what hubby did to your header!

  • How fun to read your post- we celebrate the same day for a birthday. Happy Birthday!! Glad you got to rest and relax and be taken out on your special day. =) You are so creative and fun with your blog posts- I look forward to reading each one. Thanks for sharing them!

  • Happy Happy Birthday!! Loved the hacked header!!!

    If it makes you feel better, I’m a few years behind you in the birthday candles and AARP has felt the need to be MY new best friend! I am offended! 😉

    I felt your pain at the DMV. I had to replace my pre-children photo last year. {sigh} Oh, don’t forget a CERTIFIED copy of your marriage license! I got to trot myself down to the Courthouse and pay for a lovely CERTIFIED copy before I could take my new drivers license home! They do NOT budge! I even tried drawing them into conversation, making little jokes and just being my sweet self……didn’t work!

    Anyhoo, can’t wait for the DMV post!!! 🙂

    BTW: it’s Birthday Week! You get 3 more days to celebrate. I think you need to visit Cracker Barrel again today.

  • Happy birthday. Love your header. : ) I had to get my license renewed this time and we decided to head to a rinky dink town about a half hour away and I only had to wait an hour there vs the 3 hours that everybody I know has waited at the DMV down the street from me. So you might give that a try and see how it works for ya.

  • Happy Birthday! Hopefully your license isn’t as bad as my sister’s teenage passport photo – the guy at the immigration at the Miami airport actually died laughing at her photo – and he sees bad photos ever day!

    BTW I love Cracker Barrel – so I’d love to go there for my birthday too (especially seeing as there aren’t any in Canada! grrrr…)

  • Happy birthday, DeeDee! I’m glad that you had a great day.

    Unfortunately we don’t have Cracker Barrel here in Canada, but the last time I was in the U.S. (in May) I had a wonderful summer salad there that was so delicious I’ve contemplated asking my husband if we can make the trip over the border for a redo. Six hours round trip. Um, maybe not. But it was wonderful!

  • Right behind ya girl, but my license is still good until 2014. I love Cracker Barrel myself…hubs on the other will not take us there anymore. He looked at me across the table there once and said, “Have you noticed that everyone either waddles in or is wheeled in?” Buzzkill.

  • Cracker Barrel, huh. Hmmm. The critical question is, what time did you eat? if dinner occurs at 4:30pm, I’ll be concerned.

  • Happy Birthday! And Good JOB, Fiddledaddy!

    I’m ahead of you by 3 years – it’s OK, but I think all of us start seeing the body slow a little. But you’ve got kids, so you may be immune!

    Listen to Brooke! Certified-not a copy-of the Marriage Certificate! My poor mom doesn’t use her first name -EVAH – and the system forced it back on her even though Florida DMV has had her by her middle name since 1956. So that forced SS thus Medicare which also not been using the first – and everything is now coming in her first name – which she hates.

    Do your best CAbi look! I took a better picture than my last one because I’m in a much better place than when the last one was taken. So I’m content for a long time! And National Security has me pinned 9 ways from Sunday which was the point of the new guidelines. No more trying to stay off the grid. I, too, have my end-of-the-world fears!

    Happy, happy Day! May God bless you beyond your comprehension and dreams in this new year! Thanks yet again for your blog. It blesses me with smiles galore!

  • Happy Birthday!

  • Happy Birthday!!

    I am dreading 40 next year. I really can’t even believe it’s coming. Other than my crappy achy knee, I don’t feel like I am anywhere near 40.

    I have put off getting a new picture for my license, too…not that the picture I currently have is good. I look rather foolish in my big old round glasses…but, I don’t want to go sit down at the DMV.

  • Sounds like you had an awesome birthday! Eating out 2 times in one day makes for a great day in my books! Have *fun* at the DMV!

  • Yay happy birthday for yesterday!
    You are a Leo too!
    My birthday is next week so you are only just a year older than me. We could have been at school together if only you had lived in England .

  • Oh, the dreaded license photo. I primped and primped for my new one, and then the lady zoomed in SUPER close, and said no teeth smile. I look pained and sickly, in the sepia color for our state. I hope you had a wonderful birthday! I love coming here, and always feel like you and I are good friends. Happy birthday to a beautiful friend!

  • Happy belated birthday! Sounds like you had a wonderful day! I love the header and love reading your blog!

  • Happy Birthday! I hope you had okra.

    I will be joining you at that dreaded age in March, and I am not happy about it. Digging my heels in. Aging ungracefully.

    Thanks for the chuckle!

  • Happy Belated Birthday. 🙂