Sunday, September 7, 2014

Stories to Celebrate and Prizes to Win

"Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon." ~A.A. Milne

Have you ever had balloons on your birthday? Balloons just seem to say let's celebrate. Just ask Winnie the Pooh. That old bear can float around with a balloon and enjoy every day, birthday or not. 
So today here are some balloons to get us in the birthday mood and to remind you that this month I'm celebrating getting older by giving away some prizes. Three winners will get gift cards and their choice of one of my books. Check out complete prize details on my website. Entry is easy. Just send me a message from my website or leave a comment here on a new blog post in September. Please remember to leave a way to contact you in case your name rises to the top of my drawing hat. For fun, you can share a birthday story and get a bonus entry in the giveaway. 
I love hearing your stories and I will eventually get around to reading them all. My surgery has slowed me down a little, but I'm getting back up to speed. Of course, with adding on another year, speed is a relative term. Perhaps I should say I hope to keep plugging along. 
Age wasn't a problem for Karen in this birthday story she shares. She was turning that magical "I can drive" age. But the license issuing offices just would not stay open for her. Here's Karen's story.
I'll be ?? on November 11th. Now my birthday is a federal holiday so all state & federal government offices are closed on 11/11 and where do you go to get your driver's license? Right, a government office. Well, when I turned 16 I was very anxious to get my first driver's license. I was so upset that the DMV office was closed on my birthday that I called about a week before to see if I could get my DL on the 10th since it wasn't MY fault they weren't open on the 11th. LOL Well, of course, the answer was NO. That year my birthday was the longest day ever waiting for the 12th to arrive and I could get my driver's license. Don't we sometimes wish we had those youthful days back again?
Indeed, Karen. Oh, to be 16 again, but then I don't think I want to take that driver's test again. I was soooo nervous when I had to take a ride with the state policeman giving the test. But maybe not as nervous as he was. LOL. 
When Karen told me I could share her story forward she added how the story makes her smile now when she thinks about her impatience. To add to her anticipation, her brothers were both in the service and had left their old Chevy at home and given Karen permission to drive it. So there was that car in the driveway just begging her to get under the wheel and start it up, except her parents hid the keys. Our parents just know us too well sometimes. For sure that day had to be Karen's "longest day ever!"
But about those balloons again. They aren't much fun until we put a little effort into filling them either with our own breath or some helium to make them float. Did you ever wonder if you could float up in the sky if only you could hold onto enough balloons? 
As Karen says, oh to be young again with a zillion dreams clasped in our hands as life beckoned us down dozens of exciting roads. Each birthday is a milestone and one we're celebrating with balloons today.

15 comments:

  1. Balloons just make any occasion more festive and fun. Even when we don't have a big party, a few balloons for a birthday make it special.

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    1. I agree, Amy, although I don't usually have balloons. Even at the nursing home, the balloon they put on the residents' wheelchairs on their birthdays as a way of making the day better.

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  2. Hi Ann,

    Hope others get a giggle out of my story and you and I have shared. Thanks for putting my name in lights. Only 2 months 3 days to my big day....again and I'm still the youngest kid in my graduating class!

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    1. Thanks for sharing your story, Karen. Being the youngest kid is a lot more fun now than when you were 16, I'm thinking. :)

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  3. Hi Ann,
    Got Love Comes Home in the mail today. Can't wait to settle down tonight and start this book. I was thrilled to have won. On my 65th BIRTHDAY my husband tried to give me a SURPRISE party. But alas he wasn't very good at it and they failed to hide their cars which I recognized. It was still a wonderful party with family and friends. Hope you have a great BIRTHDAY! My email is llgravett@comcast.net.

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    1. Hope you enjoy going back to Rosey Corner, Barbara. But about that birthday party, whether it turned out to be a surprise or not, it was fun. Not everybody gets a party on their government certified birthday. A party might make the sting of Medicare a little less. :)

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  4. I have a sad birthday story and HAPPY birthday stories! My saddest birthday was my 21st birthday....the BIG one we all wait for. The office took me out for a nice lunch. Just as we starte d to celebrate a local newscaster ran into the restaurant saying......"My god, he's been shot!" My birthday is November 22. On that date in 1963, President Kennedy had been killed. BUT, happily, every 7 years or so, my birthday is on Thanksgiving! Birthdays are always special, but on T-Day it's doubly so. :)

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    1. That was a hard birthday, Pat. That was a bad day in our country's life. But life does go on and I'm glad you've enjoyed your birthdays since. Do you have a birthday cake for Thanksgiving? I can tell you don't have a problem being thankful for the gift of a new year coming your way.

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  5. Hi Ann! I hope you are getting along well, my friend. I had a great 50th birthday with hoopla hoops, a juke box filled with great songs, poodle skirts , leather jackets and the works! My daughter did a fabulous job of throwing a most memorable birthday party.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. That sounds like some party, Melanie. A fun one, but then when you hit that midway point in your life it's a good time to celebrate.

      I'm doing okay. Thanks for asking. I've got you entered in the drawing.

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    1. We've all been there with her, Mary, having to wait for something that takes sooo looong.

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  7. Happy Birthday Ann!!! I shared a story on the other birthday blog but will share another one, like you said, some days can be very special!!! I wrote about my wonderful Mom in the other one! For my God-son, and nephew's 3rd Birthday, I dressed up as a clown in complete makeup and dress. No one knew it was me with all the balloons except me and his parents. There were about 25 adults and 40 kids at the party! I made balloon animals and did face painting for all the kids!!! We had a great day and nobody was the wiser! It was a gift that not everybody could give to him!!! My email is: cavallofrances@yahoo.com, you can contact me there if need be! God Bless and Good Luck to everyone!!! And Ann, have a very blessed day!!!

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    1. That's fun, Frances. Sounds like you made the party great for your nephew. It's fun helping kids celebrate birthdays. They are always so excited to have a party.

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  8. Bonus entry:
    When I was growing up, there was my parents and they had 4 kids. So there was 6 total in the family. We had 5 birthdays in 5 weeks, plus Father's Day. Mine was the last birthday, ( on July 18th) By the time my birthday came, they were tired of eating and making birthday cakes. For my birthday they would have birthday cookies or even birthday homemade ice cream, and one time leftover birthday cake from my Dad"s birthday ! Also since my birthday was the last of the 5 weeks, my brother and sisters were usually out of money by then. Then sometimes they would give me a late birthday present. We diffidently had a birthday season!

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