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The 411 is 66

There’s a great line from Chicago – one of my favorite musicals: “I’m older than I ever intended to be!”

Today’s my birthday.

And I’m 66!

Sixty-six sounds incredibly old to me, but I don’t feel so very old – which is what all old people say, I suppose: Whoever feels older than 30?

In my case, I’d have to say I feel closer to myself at age 12 than I feel to myself at age 30. Twelve was a good age for me. The incredible whammy of great beauty had not yet hit; I was free to think my own thoughts without the constant annoyance of social anxiety – Well, what will other people think? Do other people like you? – because I honestly did not give a fuck what other people thought. My soul mates were either fictional characters or dead people.

At 12, I was in the 8th grade and had just started at Hunter. (Our 50th reunion is coming up in June! Can you imagine?) I wrote a poem for an English class; my English teacher told me, “This is one of the best things I have ever read.”

I wanted to think he was serious, but I had to assume he’d read Shakespeare, so he couldn’t possibly have been.

He was encouraging, and that encouragement took.

All I can remember from that poem:

Something… something…
…to be a little girl again and to be allowed to be afraid of the dark.
It is raining now, and the birds have all gone in


The poem rhymed.

Twelve was the age I began keeping a diary. This diary, which has survived - more or less intact - for 54 years.

I suppose that makes this diary a historical document of some sort. Valuable in context.

It’s certainly detailed.

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In a couple of days I’m off to NYC for a week, and that’s where I plan to do my celebrating. City of my birth! Social encounters booked; museum jaunts planned. I’m seriously thinking of seeing My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center, and that will take bucks. I’m also about 90% certain that I’m gonna buy those shoes, which as I say, are hideously expensive.

Both these things argue for an economical day today!

And it’s certainly gorgeous out right now. I could spend the day hiking by the river, and it wouldn’t cost a cent.

By the time I’m in New York, it will be in the 70s.

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lookfar
Apr. 11th, 2018 12:42 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday, Camera!
mallorys_camera
Apr. 12th, 2018 01:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Mrs. Far! :-)
lookfar
Apr. 11th, 2018 01:44 pm (UTC)
I was born in New York, too, at St. Vincent's in the Village! I'm not sure it's still there.

My personal stuck-age is 31. I look in the mirror and think, What happened to my eyes, there? What is wrong with my skin? Although, with you, I feel there's a strong admixture of 13 year old as well.
mallorys_camera
Apr. 12th, 2018 01:52 pm (UTC)
St. Vincent's in the Village

Closed. If the building hasn't been torn down, I'd guess it's being converted into condos.
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cah1470
Apr. 11th, 2018 01:46 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! I hope you enjoy your time in NY. My Aunt G is 81 and she still can rock her suit and outshine the rest us. She will gamble all night and fly home the next morning without a nap so IMHO at 66 you are just getting started.
mallorys_camera
Apr. 12th, 2018 01:53 pm (UTC)
I feel spry and feisty, so who knows? :-)
lifeinroseland
Apr. 11th, 2018 02:03 pm (UTC)
Happy BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!

My dad is 71 and also thinks he is so old. I am sorry and delighted to remind you, old people, that LIFE IS LONG!

Get yourself the shoes, fair lady! Wear them in the beautiful weather!

Have a sunny, crisp, magnificent birthday hike & yummy treats.

<3 <3 <3 Xoxoxoxo........
mallorys_camera
Apr. 12th, 2018 01:53 pm (UTC)
XXOO

Those shoes... ::SWOON::
egg_shell
Apr. 11th, 2018 02:18 pm (UTC)
Good idea. Happy Birthday today by the river and have your big celebration soon. Have a good one!
mallorys_camera
Apr. 12th, 2018 01:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
thoughtsbykat
Apr. 11th, 2018 02:29 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! (Your 'card' is on my lj.) Enjoy your time in the city, it should be fun.
Age is just a number, it really is how you feel that matters.
mallorys_camera
Apr. 12th, 2018 01:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
signorinakatina
Apr. 11th, 2018 03:25 pm (UTC)

Happy birthday! Enjoy it!

Eighth grade was one of my favorites years in school. Maybe my very favorite.

millysdaughter
Apr. 11th, 2018 10:17 pm (UTC)
9th grade was my very favorite.
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bandicoot
Apr. 11th, 2018 04:43 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, young lady :)
mallorys_camera
Apr. 12th, 2018 01:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
ahunter3
Apr. 11th, 2018 06:44 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!

The odds don't suggest you'll eclipse Ms. Jeanne Clement, but obviously some people do sail on to very advanced age — were they more likely to be the ones who expected to?

Whether it affects actual longevity or not, I think people who don't keep looking down the road and contemplating who they'll be and what they'll be doing when they're older, sooner or later reach an age they hadn't even thought they'd be. And they seem to find it bewildering.
mallorys_camera
Apr. 12th, 2018 01:55 pm (UTC)
Growing older is weird! :-)
millysdaughter
Apr. 11th, 2018 10:17 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!
mallorys_camera
Apr. 12th, 2018 01:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
melissa_maples
Apr. 12th, 2018 05:27 am (UTC)
Happy happy birthday to you!
mallorys_camera
Apr. 12th, 2018 01:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
fuzzilla
Apr. 12th, 2018 03:36 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!! Have lots of fun in NYC!
mallorys_camera
Apr. 12th, 2018 03:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :-)
sulphuroxide
Apr. 15th, 2018 02:21 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
mallorys_camera
Apr. 22nd, 2018 03:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
bel_ebat
Apr. 17th, 2018 11:15 pm (UTC)
Happy belated birthday!! XOXOXO
mallorys_camera
Apr. 22nd, 2018 03:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :-) XXOO
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