It’s my birth day!

Yep, today is the day my mom brought me into this world. And this year’s birthday is a big one. How big? Well, I’ll leave that to you to try and figure out, but I’ll leave you a few clues a little later.

First, I’ll share a four generation photo from waaaay back when with Great-Grandma Olive, Grandma Maida, Mom Thelma and…Me! Sadly, my GG passed in November of the year I was born so I never really knew her at all.

The year I was born was a busy year. Here’s just a few noteworthy events….besides my entrance. 🙂
* Super Glue was invented
* NASA….National Aeronautics and Space Administration was formed
* Explorer 1 was sent into space to measure radiation in earth’s orbit. It orbited earth more than 58,000 times before it re-entered the atmosphere in 1970
* The Hope Diamond was donated to the Smithsonian Institute
* Bobby Fischer won the United States Chess Championship at only 14 years old
* Elvis Presley was inducted into the Army
* The Hula Hoop was invented

My first birthday

A few other tidbits of info:
* The average cost of new house was $12,750.00
The top song for January of that year was At The Hop by Danny & The Juniors
* A new, 8 cu ft RCA Whirlpool refrigerator cost $118.00
* A gallon of gas  cost 25 cents

It’s strange what I remember about my early years. I still remember the address of the house I lived in until 2nd grade….6202 E. 96th Street. One of my first memories is one of me and my cousins watching The Wizard of Oz on the TV; that would be the black and white version on a black and white set.

Have you figured it out yet? If so, you know it’s sorta a big one. One that I’m having a little bit of a hard time wrapping my head around!

Looking back at my life fills me with a lot of emotions. Are there things I regret doing or not doing? You bet. Were there aspirations that never materialized? Yes. Would I do things differently, given another chance. I’m not sure…maybe. What I am certain of is that my life has turned out pretty good so far even though it was not the road I saw myself traveling. Besides, I’ll drive myself crazy playing should of, world of, could of at this point in time.

So, I’ll now focus on trying to make the best of the next 365 days…knowing I’m not promised one more day, much less an entire year’s worth of days.

However many years a man may live, let him enjoy them all.
~Ecclesiastes 11:8

9 thoughts on “It’s my birth day!

  1. First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Lisa!!!!!

    *cheers*

    Second, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the family photographs you shared (especially the black and white one of your first birthday), they’re fabulous!

    And you’re so right about how strange it is what we remember about the early years. I can remember my family’s phone number, which goes back to the mid-60’s!

    “One of my first memories is one of me and my cousins watching The Wizard of Oz on the TV; that would be the black and white version on a black and white set.”

    HA! OMG…me too! It used to come on TV every Thanksgiving Day.

    Wonderful post, my friend! Love the quote and photo!
    X

    P.S. I’m 2 years older than you 🙂

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  2. Hope you have/had a great birthday. Such a great memory to have that first photo of yourself and mom and grands. I have never really seen a photo of myself as a baby or young one. From your information, I’m guessing that I’m probably 12 or so years older than you. I remember the 25 cent/gallon and cost of housing well. 🙂 Hubby and I, when we dated could ride around our town for quite a while on 50 cents or a dollar’s worth of gas. haha

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