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I have a friend.

She has been my friend forever.

I can hardly believe that myself, but it is true.

We grew up playing paperdolls, hopscotch, riding bikes, trying on her big sister’s clothes.

We grew up “spending the night”, talking until 2AM about boys and dreams.

We grew up writing letters with real pens on paper and sent with stamps by snail mail.

We grew up, got married and had children.

And we grew up sharing – always sharing – all the joys and problems of life, love, and parenthood.

And the greatest thing is, we grew up always laughing.

And we are still growing up!  And sharing – always sharing – all the joys and problems of life, love and aging.

She is my Oldest Best Friend Forever and her name is Kit.

She just sent me this card and I will cherish it –  forever.

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Peanuts Cartoon

Peanuts Cartoon – From http://www.thecuriousbrain.com

I know.  I already told you about my swollen foot.

It is a case that should be included in the television show, Mystery Diagnosis.

But since a mildly swollen foot is admittedly a bit boring, don’t worry, it  is not really the subject of this blog post.

It goes deeper than that. “It goes down deep…layer after layer after layer!”

One of the tests they did was to check circulation via a sonogram.  Although I lay upon the table worrying, the technician went about her business and kept smiling.   And I thought, “How cruel to keep one in suspense and grin about it.”

But I liked her cheerful attitude and painful as it was to erase the worry lines from my forehead, I dutifully grinned back.

Technicians are usually secretive and unwilling to share information, but Leigh was different.

With a great big smile she said,

“You have BEAUTIFUL veins!”

Huh?  Really?

“In the business, that’s what we call them, and you have beautiful juicy veins.”

My friends, are you listening?  I HAVE BEAUTIFUL JUICY VEINS!

She went on to say there are many people who have skinny, narrow little veins with inhibited blood flow.

I was no longer really listening but was smiling smugly.

And all the way home I smiled smugly and laughed out loud too.

Now, in the looking glass I see the usual old-er, less than star quality image.  But I just have to remember this.

I have BEAUTIFUL veins!

And Mom was right again.

Beauty is only skin deep.

I  just wish I had a copy of that sonogram!

From Yahoo.com – a definition by Duude:

“Beauty is only skin deep” refers to the outward beauty of a person. Of course, we must realise that a person can be beautiful on the inside. Such a person is often referred to as a ‘lovely’ person. However, when we refer to something beautiful we are usually referring to that something’s outward appearance. What the phrase tries to emphasise is that the outward appearance of a person counts for nothing, but it is what lies beneath the skin, the actual person him/herself is what really matters. 
 

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Joys of Getting Older

The government started deporting senior citizens to save on Medicare costs!

The theory is that seniors will not remember the way back!

~Author Unknown

I am not particularly good at telling jokes – or retelling them – but you should be aware that the above is a joke, just in case I’m better at it than I think.

Looking for the perfect gift for a senior citizen in your life? Or how about anyone you know over 40? I remember writing about a wonderful book I found. The story is in a previous blog post, buried among other oddities, but I feel the need to tell the tale again.

I purchased one for every friend over 40. It was not a huge investment at around $5 each, and worth the ultimate reward in smiles. The name of the book is The Joys of Getting Older, by Thomas and Cindy Senior, and it has received dozens of positive reviews.

“An inspirational look at the beauty found in the Circle of Life.” ~ The Times

“This is a straightforward, clear-cut how-to book for putting a spark (or two!) back into your life. It truly describes the magical beauty to be found in the twilight years.” ~Yule Biyung, Author and Inspirational Speaker

“This is a great book. I just wish I could get it in a large print version.”

“This book is a hoot! A joy to give if only to see the look on people’s faces when they open it.”

It is “a book that doesn’t need language to amuse.”

And on the back cover:

“Thomas and Cindy Senior are the best-selling husband-and-wife team who authored Retiring Gracefully and Senior Sex: How to Rekindle the Sizzle in Your Bedroom. Here, in the tradition of their previous books, they have collected all their best advice and share their insights into how you can lead a happy and energetic life after reaching that certain age. The Seniors are living out their dream retirement in sunny Florida, where hurricanes and theme parks provide routine stimulation in their lives.”

The Joys of Getting Older is a great find and a wonderful book of laughter to give to your over-the-hill friends and family members.

Have you already guessed the content?

Yes, the interior pages of this book are all BLANK!

P.S.  This is a real book that is available at Amazon.com and even in reputable book stores and gift shops across the country.

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