Posted by: karenparmer | February 2, 2009

Double Nickels and still rolling


This past Tuesday was my 55th birthday.  If I had known I was going to live this long, I certainly would have taken better care of myself!!!! 

 Katie and Charlie came up on Monday evening so they could be here with me on my BIG DAY. Then on Saturday my brother, Hal, my niece, Kelly, her two boys, Sam and Ben, Katie, Charlie, Chad, Dolly, and Dan were here to help me celebrate again!  Good times!

I don’t think we made pictures on Tuesday but here are a few from the weekend.


Charlie and I made a car cake on Friday night.


My “big brother”, Hal and his grandson, Sam.  Dan and Hal were about to take Sam and Charlie for a golf cart ride.


Charlie likes to love all over Ben.  (He’s my little great-nephew who had heart surgery right after he was born.) He was three months old Saturday.  Now his birthday is something to celebrate.  What a gift he is.  We could not love him more.


We all just sit around and stare at Ben. 

So I am 55, is that middle age?  Not middle age (unless I am going to live to be 110) but definitely mid-life.  Here’s just a few observations about the beauty of being

55 v. 15!

1.  I already know how to drive.  I have a license and my own car.  If  I smash the fender, my daddy isn’t going to be mad at me.

2.  I never have to attend a “sleep-over” and hope the most popular girl will choose to sleep by me.

3.  I do not need a date for Friday night.  I am living with my boyfriend and that’s okay!!!

4.  I have friends who have passed the tests of time.  AND no, they are not trying to steal my boyfriend.

5.  I do not have face break-outs!

6.  I do not have to worry about a tampon string hanging out of my bathing suit EVER AGAIN!!

7.  I do not have to worry about tampon strings anywhere. 

8.  If I miss my curfew I will not be grounded, I will just feel like a truck ran over me the next day.

9.  I don’t have to buy my clothes at Abercrombie.  (not real sure if they sell clothes or sex anyway!!!~just an observation)

10. and my all – time – favorite reason to NEVER BE A TEENAGER AGAIN–

Valentine’s Day does not stress me out.  I do not have to be the only tall, skinny, big teeth girl in the tenth grade not to get a valentine ever again!!!!!  (Remember I LIVE with my Valentine!!)




  1. Cute pictures! Happy Birthday again it sounds like you had a good one. That cake was pretty awesome. Ben is such a cutie. I can’t wait to meet him.

  2. Welcome to the double nickel club! It’s awesome! I LOVE your 10 observations of the beauty of being 55. Numbers 6, 7 and 8 are my favorites! Isn’t menopause wonderful! I especially like the feeling of being in a sauna!

  3. Happy belated birthday! You have now joined my mama in the double nickel club! And I am rolling at your top 10 reasons being 55 is better! I can’t wait until I don’t have to worry about numbers 6 & 7 ever again and I’m totally there with you on number 9!!!

  4. Oh Ginny, We call that our personal summer!!!!

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