Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Thoughts for my friend on a notable birthday September 12, 2018

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Smile, even when you’re turning sixty. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo.

 

MY FRIEND, I’LL CALL HER JULIE, turns sixty today. I know she’s not particularly excited about that number because, as she says, “It sounds old (compared to 59).”

I remember feeling the same when I reached that landmark birthday. And to think I struggled with turning forty. I wish now that I was only four decades, rather than six-plus decades, old.

But there’s something to be said for this age. And I can summarize that in a single powerful, joyful word: grandma. Julie and I, who have been friends since our kids were in grade school, are both relatively new grandmas. Her grandson is 14 months younger than my almost 2 1/2-year-old granddaughter. We trade stories now about grandchildren and share images of the cute little ones who bring us much happiness.

Julie and I have been through a lot together. Joyful times and difficult times. We listen to one another and trust each other. With anything. What a blessing she has been in my life through rearing children and now into loving grandchildren.

On this her 60th birthday, I want Julie to realize that turning sixty is really not all that bad. Especially when you have a grandchild to spoil and love.

Happy birthday, dear friend! I wish you many more years of joyful living.

© Copyright 2018 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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12 Responses to “Thoughts for my friend on a notable birthday”

  1. Every day is a GIFT to Savor and Cherish 🙂 CELEBRATING matters as well as taking time out to play, laugh, have fun and for some deserved R&R time. Happy Day – Enjoy!

  2. Almost Iowa Says:

    It is wonderful to have life-long friends.

    That said, are there anymore of those smiley-face cookies left over?

    Inquiring minds and hungry stomachs, need to know.

  3. Happy birthday to your friend! Growing old sure beats the alternative

  4. Littlesundog Says:

    I’d never choose to go back… I like this wisdom thing!! Ha ha!


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