Follow your dreams,
reach for the stars.
but never forget
where you came from.
I wrote about renting “our” house in Loveladies, Long Beach Island, NJ, two years ago. We rented this house for a family reunion and to celebrate my sister’s 60th birthday.
At that time I wrote about all my memories and the good times our family had here. (LESSON #57 – MEMORIES) https://lmcutrone.wordpress.com/2017/10/20/memories/.
Here we are once again! This time it is for a different reason. This time we are here to celebrate my 70th birthday. OMG…REALLY? How did I get here in ALMOST one piece?? Where did all those years go? I know where. I was in the business of living and growing up, traveling, college, being married, raising two children, moving, watching my children be married and having children of their own. I shouldn’t have blinked! Damn.
I can hardly believe I am at this juncture in my life. Many of my family and many friends will be gathering here for my Birthday Party. I am grateful I have these people in my life and I am grateful that we are celebrating in the very house where I turned 21 so many years ago. How many? OMG…49 years ago! When I wasn’t looking! So here we are ready or not. Say hello to the ’70s!! Like it or not I intend to make the most of my years ahead of me.
It was like yesterday. I remember the details. I remember it all. My father handed me his gift. It was a beautiful heart-shaped diamond pendant in white gold. This gift was the most appreciated and such a special gift. It even topped my very own Princess phone given to me at the age of 15!
A surprise party of fellow Long Beach Islanders driving to the house across the dunes with revved up engines, doing wheelies in the sand. (It must have been cool???) At that time I had a small group of year-rounder friends that seemed to all stick together. Islanders do that and still do I’ve been told.
I was a ‘single’ 21-year-old young woman. I had fun and laughed a lot. I was feeling no pain as I stood in the middle of the bar dancing to Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” Alcohol may have been involved! Ouch!
Funny how more nostalgic we get the older we are. I look out at Barnegat Bay now and remember looking out at the same Bay all those years ago. I decided then that I loved the Bay more than the ocean and beach. The Bay still relaxes me.
As we all begin to gather here I am reminded that I feel at home and it is appropriate that I spend my 70th birthday here. I am a Jersey girl for sure! I was born in NJ, I went to High School in NJ and I spent many summers and years here on Long Beach Island.
When family and friends arrive, I will feel even more at home. There will be no cars driving over the dunes!
I’ll try not to dance by myself in the middle of the room dancing to Zeppelin!! Oh, who am I kidding? It’s in the plan!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY CLASS AT CHHSW! We are in this together!!