Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Half a century of me


My eyes don't seem too clear
I'm not sure what I hear
It seems I'm going dear
Over the hill


I've got 50 years behind me on the 24th (dutch time) It went fast and a lot has happened. One of the  biggest things I did in my half a century was having children and moving to New Zealand. Both great choices and both hard work. I was a full time, part time mum for a long time and since a couple of years I slowly got back into nearly full time work. I enjoy it and feel that I am doing more things than ever before. I know now what I like, what I want and don't want and feel good being myself. That has been different in the past. When I was young I was very shy and just cruising. I had no idea where I was going for a long time.
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow


I think back to the time when my parents became 50 and I thought they were extremely old. We also made a Abraham and Sarah for my parents. In Holland they make a big doll (with a jacket or dress stuffed up with hay and they use often a mask for a face) and place it in the front of the house so that everyone can see that you've seen Sarah (or Abraham in case you're a man). Which means that you've become 50. The Sarah tradition in the Netherlands honors a woman gaining wisdom through experience and is a major birthday. I won't celebrate it big time. We go out for dinner with the family and in the weekend some friends come over. I also planned some fun events in the coming months. Watch this space.

12 comments:

  1. Happy birthday, Marja. Welcome to second half of your life.

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  2. no matter the time zone
    you're in the birthday zone.
    best wishes for happiness all around.

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  3. Heartiest congratulations, Marja. May you have many more healthy and happy years ahead.
    50 is the new 35! I have an acquaintance who recently turned 93, and he claims to still feel 20!

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  4. Happy Birthday!!!!

    I'll never reach 50, I stopped counting at 39 and my wife claims I act no older than 12.

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  5. Happy Birthday Marja. Have a blessed time and many more years of joy.

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  6. Happy birthday and coming of age, Marja - from a fellow Virgo (it's my birthday today).

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  7. Van harte gefeliciteerd! En nog vele jaren in gezondheid.

    Just thought you had to hear it in Dutch too ;)

    Loved your pictures.

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  8. Hope all went well on the day, Marja, and that your weekend and later upcoming activities add to your happy memories of this special time.

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  9. many more happy returns of 24th. May health and happiness stay with you all the years to come. Would look forward to read more of you.

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  10. I wish to spend your next 50 years in peace and joy!

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  11. Love your thoughts on age, Marja, and love coincidence that our birthdays fall in the same month, mine being today. I am half a century plus 9 and wonder where all the time has gone. Thank You!

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  12. Lovely post and thoughts about your birthday!Happy belated birthday to you!Health and luck to you and your family!

    Groetjes,Steffi

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