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Beware the Ides of March…

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Today we are 50. I say ‘we’ but of course, I mean me. You’re probably still only 27 with nary a wrinkle and think age spots are what you get on an old banana. For my birthday post I was going to do the rant about a recent book I read about aging, but my daughter told me not to be ranty and depressing on my birthday, so you can now read that post here. This leaves me with a problem: what on earth can I say about being 50 that doesn’t involve a rant?

I had a think and wrote the following.


What I Learned at 50.

Happy Birthday to me! Yes, I’m 50.
Five decades I’ve spent on this earth.
And what I have learned I will tell you 
I’ll share it, for all it is worth.
I’ve learned that it’s cool to be different
So long as you’re true to yourself.
That Soaps are a waste of the TV
And the best Christmas movie is ‘Elf’.
An education is important
So please pay attention at school
In the words of that 80s deep thinker
Mr T, I, too, pity the Fool.
Be kind to the older and weaker
For that might be you some day soon
While your clock edges on towards midnight, 
Some others will still be at noon.
Have fun! Please laugh and be happy
We’re here on this planet one time
Don’t pass up a chance to make new friends
You know – make hay while sun shines.
Drink wine & eat crisps if you want to
But please eat an apple as well
Take charge of your lives, you’re the boss now.
You’ll make your own heaven or hell.
Try not to bear grudges, they’re poison.
They’ll hurt you more than others, you know.
When you’re hurt and feel let down and angry,
Take a deep breath and let it all go.
That sums it all up, to be honest.
The rest is all mirrors and smoke.
But one last thing I’ll tell you sincerely.
Pepsi is not better than Coke.
And ‘Elf’ IS the best Christmas movie.
gran and me

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32 thoughts on “Beware the Ides of March…

  1. Anne from Is Anyone There blog sent me over here and I’m glad she did. That poem is brilliant, Nettie. Of course I know not what you talk of with all this ‘old lady’ stuff. I, myself, am scarcely more than 27 and a bit!

    Happy birthday, have a fabby day and don’t forget to eat an apple with all that wine!!

  2. A big fat juicy apple of a birthday wish to you, lovely Nettie. I love that I can eat crisps as long as I eat an apple too! Does that include chocolate?
    Have a wonderful day and make sure you have a fire extinguisher at the ready when your candles are lit! (I can make that joke because I’m the same age! ; P)
    Love Ange xxx

  3. Here you are giving US a gift on your birthday. Thank you! Love your poem and I really don’t think that one is old at 50. One is old at 100. *nods firmly*

    Enjoy cake, fizz…and an apple…and anything else your heart desires today. Happy birthday, honey 🙂

  4. Lovely poem Nettie!
    I agree Elf is the best Christmas film!! I love the cute pic of you and your Gran too.
    Happy Birthday! I’m catching you up!
    Jo 🙂 x

  5. Lovely poem Nettie.Happy Birthday hope had a lovely day.I passed the big 50 a few years ago and it was quite scary but you’re only as young as you feel and I feel much younger. You’re right coke is better than pepsi.I have a wee glass of wine for your birthday tonight.

  6. Happy Birthday, Nettie. You’re just a girl 🙂 I’m halfway through the fifties. Love the poem and approve its sentiments and wisdom. Slainte!

  7. Happy Birthday Nettie – that was a lovely poem – may I share it with my auntie who is thirty years older than us?

    Have a wonderful time with everything you feel like … another bonus of getting older. xxx

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