Sunday, August 2, 2009

Just to Prove I was Young Once

Hello my friends, another quiet, relaxing but stormy day today. We had much thunder and lightening with tons of rain. The air was balmy almost steam like but I loved it. Power went out again tonight and again I found myself setting clocks....one more time and I am getting rid of few....LOL

I went to Mass this morning, then spent my day answering e-mails, blogging, reading and talking on the phone with friends. Did I mention I had an hours nap this afternoon....heavenly. Talked to my sister, Sylvia, tonight for over an hour, wish you all could meet her as she is one terrific lady who is so kind and oh so funny. We always laugh so much over the dumbest things. Happy to say I am fully rested up now and my tooth doesn't feel like I need to have anything done to it, still taking the antibiotics and will go to the dentist on Tuesday as planned but hoping he will decide to leave it alone.

This is a picture of me, must be over forty years old. My sister, Sheila, (another sister I wish you all could meet, she is much more creative than I am and has a heart as big as the world) e-mailed it to me as I had forgot all about it. My husband carried this same picture in his wallet when he first went into the military and it was still there when he passed. I can't remember ever being so young but I do remember the day it was taken. It was pouring down rain (can you believe I was worried about my hair going flat!) and my husband came with me as he wanted a picture of me while he was away. I never liked my pictures but it was important to him so it was important to me. I only wish I had him have his photo taken as well but we probably couldn't have afforded two pictures back then. When I first saw it after all these years, I realized how much I have aged and I remembered I was once young with the whole world ahead of me. Oh if I knew then what I know now....would I have done things differently? Perhaps some things but not many. I think I am exactly where I am suppose to be and I love where I am right now. Even the sad times, the illnesses and the tears all have formed and shaped the person I was to become. The more things change the more they stay the same. I still have the same likes, same enjoyments and same interest. I still love to learn and grow with each new experience, and I still have the same friends from those many years ago. This picture reminds me of what was, what is and what is left to "be" Life has been good to me, I have been very blessed, known great happiness as well as great sadness but it has been my life and I am so thankful for it.



Now I know I have given you all a good chuckle so I am off to visit my favorite blogs and post comments, have a wonderful day tomorrow and as always..Good Night and God Bless.....:-) Hugs

23 comments:

Stillness Speaks said...

Continue to take the pain medication, because when you start thinking all is well is when the pain rears it's ugly head!

The instant I looked at your picture, it reminded me of Audrey Hepburn :D You still are very beautiful and haven't aged as much as you think you have!

Your outlook on life is amazing! I wish to be able to think the same way when I am as old as you. I certainly agree that all incidents in our lives- the good bad and ugly shape the person that we become and eliminate one of these and we don't remain the same!

I was reading today that Happiness is not about what happens to us, but stuff that we make happen. And you've done just that Bernie! I totally look upto you with deep respect and admiration :)

Bernie said...

Hi Stillness, you are so kind, thank you for your lovely words....I will continue with my medication, and I know I encouraged you to have your tooth pulled but I have to admit I have a "tiny" fear of dentist especially when my jaw is tender....but I promise you I will take my meds and keep my dental appointment as I don't want that pain back ever!
Life is good for me sweetie and I believe it can be good for everyone, not only will you have an outlook like mine when you are my age, yours will be much better as you are so far ahead of where I was when I was your age.....God has blessed you with the gift of wisdom and I know you will use it well and build on it as you mature....all our lives have been enriched since you have become part of our little village. Love you my young friend....:-) Hugs

jinksy said...

As long as you're still young at heart,that's what counts! x

GrandmaK said...

Some things do not change with time, your delightful smile. Have a grand day full of smiles!!! Cathy

Diana said...

Good Morning Bernie,
That was a sweet story about your photo. I wonder how old you were in it? You had a look of innocence about you. Not that you look like a tainted woman now! But it is interesting to see in our photos, how much we have gone through. And it was very special that your husband had the same photo in his wallet all those years. I do believe mine has the same photo in his that he put there 20 years ago.
I wish you luck at the dentist, I do not like going myself!

Wanda said...

Good morning Bernie...I loved your photo...you have not aged very much...and you will not believe this...my senior class photo is almost identical...dark sweater, pearl necklace, same slight smile but, exact hairstyle...how well, I remember that hairstyle...sprayed stiff and high!...so uncanny, you really need to see how similar we look...it's too funny.
A friend of mine from high school days...recently gave me a photo she found in her mother's belongings...it was of me and my boyfriend at the time(Herhusband) and boy did we look like different people, especially since I had never seen the photo before. Stops you in your tracks! Maybe the other villagers could post teenage photos too!
We both seem to be having a great deal of rainy weather this summer...some days already remind me of fall though...it was crisp and cool last night and 18*C. this morning...the seasons seem to be blending into one...
Enjoy your day Bernie!
Wanda

Blessings each day said...

Very conveniently your past picture and your present picture ended up side by side on this post. You were a lovely young girl and you now are a lovely older woman, with not as much change as you think!

I agree with you that I would want to be where I am now and NOT remove anything except for emotional hurts caused by myself or others.

Even knowing that I would have to lose him, I would never think twice about whether to have had Mario in my life for so long, along with the blessings of my parents and so many other loved ones now in Heaven.

blessings and hugs,

marcy

Jackie said...

Bernie....The hour nap sounds like just the medicine for the tooth!
:))
Your photo is beautiful....and you still are. I'm so glad that I've met you. Continue to take care of you.
Hugs and smiles from Jackie

Gail said...

Hi Bernie-

You have such a lovely attitude, simple appreciation, sweet surrender, delightful gratitude, and joy, oh such joy for all the gifts and blessing that are yours to embrace. Even your life's challenges and sadness are yours which you claim with honor, integrity and passion. You are a shining example of living "life on life's terms"!!!!

And the photo? Stunningly beautiful, and so too are you such today.

Love to you
Gail
peace.....

Bernie said...

Hi Jinsky, that's what is so strange, I don't feel any different in my heart and mind but oh the face tells a different story. Have a great day....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Hello GrandmaK, even the smile has changed a bit but the same feeling goes through me every time I smile or laugh....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Hi Diana, I think I was 19, not quite sure though but if not I know I am close as I was 19 when Woody went in the military (thats why I think I was 19) Oh yeah I am a tainted woman after all these years and I enjoyed every minute of it..LOL It's tommorow afternoon I see the dentist and I see my family doctor in the morning, as a matter of fact I am busy every day this week except I have another relaxing day ahead of me today. It's a holiday here in Canada so everyone has a long weekend....a very sunny morning so perhaps no storms today...Hope you have a wonderful Monday Diana...
many hugs....:-)

Bernie said...

Good Morning Wanda, I am not surprised at all that you find we look alike and that we wore the same sweater and pearls, now the hair that's funny....I would back comb it, dose it with hair spray, smooth it down then add more hair spray...no wonder my hair is so thin now....when I saw this picture again after so many years it did stop me in my tracks...I knew I was older just didn't realize how old I looked. Its okay with me though, I don't mind getting older at all. My sister Sylvia doesn't like getting older and we laughed about it just last night.
It is really nice here so far this morning so am hoping for a full sunny day....I'd like to read outside today as come tomorrow I start a real busy week. I am well rested up now and am looking forward to getting everything done.
Have a great day my friend, big hugs to Alivia...so loved your last post, will be over to comment soon.....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Hi Marcy, so true my friend, we were so blessed to have had so much love in our lives and I would do it all over again. (I know I must of but I hate to think of hurting anyone on purpose...gotta pray on that one) What a difference 40 years make and how happy I am to have had them and now I have the pictures to prove it. Have a great day my friend and wishing you many hugs....:-)

Bernie said...

Hello Miss Jackie, I am happy to say my tooth feels completely normal and the swelling has gone (well it is a bit tender but I choose to ignore that little bit after what I had) and Jackie my solution to make anything better is a nap....always works for me. Am so happy to have you (as Wanda would say) in the village Jackie, its been even better since we found you. Have a great day...Hugs

Bernie said...

Gail, thank you for your kind words, you have started my day off with such gratitude. I learned many years ago I may have no control over what happens in my life but I have full control over how I deal with it...I choose to use the positive, focus on the good and let go of the bad. It took some work at first but now comes naturally, I honestly love my life as I know you do yours. You handle adversity so very well and I am humbled when someone like you says such nice things. Have a great day my friend....:-) Hugs

The Retired One said...

So cute! Love that little flip in your hair...I remember those hairstyles. You are correct....what you were then was just a stepping stone to who you are now. It is a progression.
I think the dentist will have to do your dreaded root canal for you to have final relief. So don't be afraid to ask for pain pills and novacaine and have the darn thing taken out.
Hugs to you!

Barb said...

Loved seeing your "bouffant!" I had a style just like it - we kept the hairspray companies in business, that's for sure. You may not be that young anymore, Bernie, but you're definitely young at heart. That's what really counts. Hope you're right about not needing the root canal. (I've never known a dentist to just let it be, though!)

A bear just ambled into our yard around Noon - yikes - I grabbed my camera, of course!

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Bernie said...

Hi Joan,...my tooth.... whatever it takes I will do, be it filled, pulled or the dreaded root canal. You are much too young to remember my flip, had to looking at an old magazine in a garage sale....Have a great day.....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

OMG Barb, I hope you got a good picture of the bear for your next post...can't imagine living so close that they would just amble on into my yard.....young of heart and mind but can't fool the body. Oh yes I think the hair spray we used back then was a heavy duty lacquer. Have a great day my friend and be careful....:-) Hugs

Eileen said...

Bernie, thanks for posting that picture! I love the story that goes with it too, thanks for sharing it all with us.

I don't think you've changed so much at all, Bernie. I think in blogland we're lucky in that we see spirit more than flesh, and in your writing it's your spirit that shines forth, and that is what then shines forth from all your pictures too, both today and yesterday.

I loved this post, Bernie!
Love,
Eileen

Bernie said...

Hi Eileen, thanks for your kind words and I agree with what you say about our spirits over flesh in blogland. It does make a difference I feel....Missed you earlier today, so glad you popped over....:-) Hugs