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A Little over a Week into Being a Senior (?) Citizen

by Pennie on February 8, 2014

Ok, last week I told you I turned 60, so this week I thought I would tell you how it’s been so far.  

First of all I’m in pretty good company.  Oprah turned 60 the day before I did (she probably had a bigger celebration than I did).  John Travolta turns 60 in about 10 days.  And apparently this is what sixty looks like:



That’s right, me and Christie Brinkley, both 60.  We know how to stay young!  I’m sure if Christie wasn’t available, People magazine would have called and subbed me right in for the photo shoot!

I really did have a wonderful week.  My BFFs surprise visit, while shocking, was wonderful.  She stayed for about a week and we had a great, great time.  I got taken out to eat multiple times by friends and family.  I received wonderful birthday cards and a lemon birthday cake (just what I asked for) which my grandson had his finger in before the candles were even lit.  He mostly blew out the candles and loved doing it!

While the weather was cold most of the week, we had one really nice day on Sunday.  My friend, my daughter and I drove out to the beach.  We stopped at a restaurant I liked and ate outside by the water and ended the meal with the most extraordinary piece of Key Lime Pie.  Then we bundled up and went over and sat on the beach, soaking in the sun, the sound of the surf and the smell of the salt water.  I find the beach so healing.  Stress melts away, relaxation sets in and I’m a whole new version of myself!

My friend and I regained our verbal rhythm and easy banter.  I declared that I have the best daughter in the whole world because of the wonderful present I received.  My friend was hard pressed to argue against that since she was the present.  My daughter 1, her daughter 0.

We stayed up late and laughed and joked and hugged, it really was the best birthday present ever.

After she left, I finished out my birthday week by getting my first senior citizen discount on a haircut!  How fun!  My daughter has now looked up all the places that I can get a discount and has declared that perhaps (while she really prefers to grocery shop alone) I will now have to start accompanying her to the grocery store!

On a lark I Googled “when do you become a senior citizen?” and found a link to this article on  Pretty much nobody thinks of themselves as senior citizens, but they really embrace getting discounts.  To the baby boomers senior citizenry is still about 20 years away in our mind.  But I’ll let you know how I feel about that term when I turn 80!




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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sarah L February 8, 2014 at 8:06 pm

I’ve been 60 for 5 years now and it’s fine. I want the beach and Key Lime pie.

2 Brutus Duffy February 8, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Happy belated birthday! Sounds like tou have a lot of people who love you. :)

3 Pennie February 10, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Sarah, Head to the Fish House Grill in Wilmington, NC!

4 kelly willis April 23, 2014 at 11:14 am

i hope i look like that at 60 she is so pretty

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