August was my birthday month!  Well my birthday is definitely not sneaking up on me this year!  My first birthday present came back in May when I received the most patriotic Red, White and Blue Medicare card! And since then I am being reminded almost daily with calls and letters to help me with the all the decisions that come with applying for Medicare and Supplements.  Thank goodness I have a husband who, after turning 65 last year, has become the Medicare “guru” and attacks this challenge like he would a mathematical equation!

I must say that reaching this milestone in life is something that makes me truly thankful.  I think that anyone who has survived the “Big C” is truly grateful for each and every birthday thereafter.  I choose to stay positive and laugh at most situations that others find overwhelming.  For that reason, I decided to read some of the humorous blogs and jokes written by Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) and share my favorites.  I found the following quote, written by Kurt Vonnegut an American author, extremely amusing since I have just returned from a “mini” high school reunion.   He states, “True terror is to wake up one morning and discover your high school class is running the country!”  That is a scary thought since I am sure we can all identify some of the “crazies” we grew up with!  This quote did make me laugh, but in actuality the approximately 800 students in my Class of 70 at Robert E. Lee High School in Houston, Texas had some incredible students who I believe would be excellent at running our country or anything else for that matter.  Go Generals!

Another one that I can certainly identify with is…”At 65 you can go to the antique shop and visit your old furniture.”   I took a realistic look at my décor and decided that my daughters are probably right…my house looks like a museum!  I can’t help but think of that cartoon that shows  an old man opening up his garage doors to a garage stuffed to the hilt with junk (oops, excuse me…his precious belongings ) and he turns to his son and says, “Just think…one day all of this will be yours!”  That one really hit home because Michael and I are trying our best to clean out and it is so hard deciding what to keep and what to throw away.  I’m pretty sure…we can throw it all away!

As a young child I can still remember my grandmother going into a room and saying…”I can’t remember what I came in here for!”  Well I have been doing the same thing for years now.  I cracked up when I read this quote that expresses the same thought.  “These days I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter.  I go somewhere to get something…then I wonder what I’m hereafter.”

Here’s one last one…”Why do they give you a watch when you retire when it’s the first time in your life you don’t care what time it is?”  Well, I’m not quite ready to retire yet but my goal is to slow it down and watch others (especially my grandchildren) reach their milestones.  My little Kelly, who just turned 18 months, is finally walking!  I have never known a baby to wait that long to walk!  But she would have won the gold in the Olympics if they had an event for “speed crawling” or “walking on your knees.”   And precious Tanner will be entering Kindergarten this year.  He reads like a top and can tell you about every animal at the Hattiesburg Zoo. By the way, The Hattiesburg Zoo is truly one of Hattiesburg’s treasures!   He collects animal figurines and I’m amazed how he can log on to Amazon and put the animals he is missing in the cart.  Right now he is collecting his “work” quarters for an African Wild dog and a Pangolin.  I don’t even know what a Pangolin is but I am learning!

Another milestone, that all of us here at the “All-Star Team” have just celebrated, is reaching the $10,000,000 mark in production for the month of June!  How awesome is that?  We are truly grateful for all of you and your support!

Have a wonderful rest of the year and be thankful wrinkles don’t hurt!

Brenda