72 Down, 40 to Go

My 72nd Birthday highlights included a trip to the other side of the lake to scope out a site for our next writers’ retreat. Amelia drove Harriet and me over to the incredibly beautiful lakeside resort where they made us a deal we couldn’t turn down, so in November, eight of us will journey back for a lovely three days of writing under the tutelage of Judy Reeves, a wonderful workshop leader from San Diego, CA, who has been herding us together and getting us in line for three-day retreats for the past five years. The resort director treated us to breakfast and a tour. Only one other table was filled in the dining room–with a couple and their toddler son, who was kept busy with a ziplock bag full of tiny cars.

I left at 9:00 and was home by noon to survey the $60 worth of plants I had bought for my own birthday present to myself. I’d laid the main grouping of seven plants out for Pasiano to plant in my front garden in a large metal chest 30″ X 20″ X 22″ and left the rest of the zinnias, dusty miller and kalanchoe for him to plant as he wished. Here are the flowers I had arranged for him to plant:

And here is one of his arrangements of dusty miller and zinnias which I love:


At 2:30, Pepe came by for our usual Wednesday massage session. I worked on a story I’m doing for a local magazine, fed the canine and feline troops and was off to meet Sandy for dinner at 6.

When we arrived at the restaurant in Ajijic, a young couple with baby was sitting at the next table. Since I was facing them, I watched their interactions with interest. With this morning’s family that I had observed in the resort an hour or more away from Ajijic, the mother had spent most of the time dealing with the toddler, but I noted with satisfaction that with this family, the father was doing most of the care-taking. It wasn’t until they brought out a ziplock bag of tiny cars for him to play with that I realized it was the same family! What are the chances? Not only were we over an hour away from where we had last seen them, but out of the 100 or so restaurants in Ajijic, we had not only picked the same one again, but were at neighboring tables!

Soon another family took the table that formed a rectangle with our table and that of the young couple and their son. They had a little girl of about the same age. I noted how well-behaved she was and her doting parents and grandparents, but it wasn’t until the end of the meal when they brought out a plate of cupcakes with candles that I realized she, too, was celebrating her birthday! Earlier I had greeted the other family and noted I’d been at the same resort as them that morning for breakfast. Now I had to go over and ask the other family how old their baby was. When they said 2, I admitted that it was my birthday as well, but that I had 70 years head start on her. We chatted a bit and I returned to my table, but when they left the restaurant, they presented me with a cupcake to celebrate our mutual birthday. Very sweet, both the action and the cupcake.Β  Here is my friend Sandy who treated me to my birthday dinner with the cupcake which she insisted I take home, which I did, and that I have since enjoyed:


Thanks for all the good wishes from present and long-ago friends.Β  A lovely, laid-back casual birthday. xoxoxoxo

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My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

42 thoughts on “72 Down, 40 to Go

    1. lifelessons Post author

      Both of these had lots of loving attention, which helps, I think, but neither seemed spoiled. The boy was fussier than the girl, who was perfect the whole meal through, but all-in-all, he was a good boy as well.


  1. slmret

    That does sound delightful — a drive around the lake, breakfast, beautiful plants to be planted, a massage, dinner with a good friend, and a cupcake to top it all off! Here’s to the next 40!

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  2. isaiah46ministries

    Happy birthday, Judy. What optimism, 40 to go! Here’s hoping for many more interesting poems during that period of time. The flowers so beautiful, too. We are hoping for space for a garden in our new home. Life is exciting at every age, if we continue to live it to the fullest.

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  3. Linda Samuels

    Judy, Yesterday, July 3, was my 24th anniversary of living in Ajijic. So I will be able to remember your birthday.. I wish you a happy Belated Birthday, Judy.


  4. Sharon

    Happy Birthday Judy. Sounds like a great 72nd celebration. We will celebrate my 70th and your 72nd together soon with some Mexico Magic thrown in.


  5. Manja Mexi Movie

    Happy birthday, Judy dear, a bit late but I was thinking of you on the 3rd – because my father celebrates on that day too as you know – and had this post opened till now that I could finally read it. It sounds like your birthday was full of coincidences and sweets and friends and observations and plants. Just lovely. I hope that you reinforce the celebration on your cruise. Greet Rome for me when you get there. I’m only in Italy one more week and then go to Slovenia for the summer. I wish you the most wonderful time! ❀

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