The first day of being 50 started just like any other, but this was a special day. Not just because it was my birthday, but because I had to go to another school to help with Kindergarten Screenings. This is a time of year the Speech Pathologists (SLPs) actually look forward to because we get to spend a whole day with at least one other person with the same professional background. It's also a nice break from the same ol', same ol'. It's a time to catch up with each other between screening; there's some griping, but there's always some laughing. Today was no different, especially when this one little guy came in. I screened him, and I don't remember what he said that was so funny, but I got tickled and then he started laughing. He had one of the most infectious laughs I've ever heard! The other SLPs in the room started laughing, too, which just made him laugh more. You've gotta love kids like that!
After I got home, I spent an uninterrupted hour or two with my flute. I'm so glad that I decided to go ahead and buy it. Then, I ran over to my see my beautician so she could get a look at what my hair's doing. I'm going to someone new, and she hasn't quite learned how my hair curls and waves. I think she was afraid to cut my hair too short, but I made sure she knew that she couldn't cut it too short (well, technically she could, but I know she wouldn't!). She cut this one section of hair shorter to get rid of the hair bump, matched the other side, then shaped up my cut.
For birthdays, our family usually goes out to dinner as a family, but since YS had guard, MS had to work (so I thought, anyway), and OS is coming in on Saturday, we decided just to wait and do our family dinner on Sat. CH & I went out for Chinese after he surprised me with a new charm:
And then CH had another surprise for me:
I got the traditional phone call from my parents: they sing "Happy Birthday". You need to know this about my daddy: He can't carry a tune. Seriously. It was a source of embarrassment when we were little, and I actually think it embarrassed him, too, but he's learned to embrace it and doesn't hold back during Mass. It just makes it more special that he sucks it up and sings to us at least once a year!
I switched my shoes over from my winter shoes to spring/summer, and came across a box that has some memorabilia in it. In the bottom was this: One year for Christmas, one of my sisters asked everybody to write something about each of our siblings and send them to here. She compiled them all together, and each of us got a sheet with what our siblings said about us. Our parents were included, too. I had tears in my eyes as I read what my siblings thought of me. A lot of my siblings (and both parents) mentioned my flute playing. (I don't remember the year this was done, but all 3 of my boys had been born.) After reading the sheet, I thought about how you just don't know what an impact you can have on someone else's life by just being you. Both of my younger brothers mentioned something about me and how that helped them grow. I think we all need to be reminded of that every now and then. I need to remember to get that out every once in a while.
All in all, not a bad way to start my 50's! Oh!!! I guess you're wondering about my Birthday Bandit!!! For a finale, I got an Amazon giftcard, and they revealed who they were: My oldest brother and his wife! They knew what a tough time I had when I turned 40 (but that's a whole different story!), and wanted to "soften the blow" of turning 50! I got my AARP invitation in the mail the other day, so I'm ready to get started on that! Turning 50 does have its advantages!