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Thursday, January 19, 2006

I generally enjoy my birthday. My family all calls, all my friends email me, Dave lets me sleep in. But the very thought of this one coming made me feel I was facing the ordeal of eating an onion. It makes no sense--it's not a decade type birthday or something huge and momentous. You know what I think it is? I'm only a year away now from the double nickel.

That's the age when people people start asking you when you're going to retire (um, can you say NEVER!. Some snot nosed kid in the fast food place will tell you your drink is free. That happened just the other day when I ordered water with my chicken salad. The kid told me I could have whatever I wanted because it was free. At first I wondered if I'd combed my hair, or maybe I had a hole in my sweater. Then he uttered the dreaded words: "It's your senior citizen discount." SENIOR CITIZEN? Not me! I consoled myself with the thought that it was because I was with Dave whose hair turned white in his forties. But I have a sneaking suspicion the pimply faced brat actually thought I looked like a senior.

I don't feel any older. Not one whit. Inside there's still a nineteen year old girl amazed at the world and enjoying the ride. I'm in a rollercoaster car, and I'm not even to the top yet, so don't go telling me I need to RETIRE! I keep remembering what my former pastor, Steve Parks, told me once when I said that. He said it's because the SOUL never ages. We really are ageless, it's just the house that needs a little repair.

I think I'd better go buy some paint!
Colleen Coble  
posted at 6:46 AM  
  Comments (13)
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At 10:09 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

You're not getting older, girlfriend, you're getting better!! Check it out. We don't have to buy Clearasil anymore. We don't have to go to school. We don't have to wear spiked heels that kill our feet. We can tell it like it is--or not. Young men open the doors for us and call us ma'am. I mean, life is GOOD!!!



At 10:48 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I hate being called "ma'am"! Give me "Miss" any day.

And C, you look fabulous and you have the energy of a nineteen year old, so stop whining. LOL

Hope your birthday rocks!

At 12:13 PM, Anonymous Bethanie said...

hippity hoppity happity birthday colleen!!!!

At 1:13 PM, Blogger Rhonda Gibson said...

Laughing, at the double nickel comment. My Dad couldn't wait to hit the double nickel. He talked about it for two years before and then another afterwards. He worked his tail to the bone and enjoyed doing it. Did he feel old? Heck no!! Did he look old? No, no, no!

Colleen you will NEVER be old. So have a great Birthday!!!

At 1:16 PM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

Happy Birthday, Colleen! You do have such a young soul. I can't imagine you ever slowing down. Have a fun day and some good chocolate.

Oh and I still love your hair when it's like this picture. Straight and flipped up at the end. =) You look glamorous.

At 2:34 PM, Blogger Deborah Raney said...

That kid could NOT have been talking about YOU! No way, no how! You're the youngest 54 I know! Honest to goodness, it was thinking how young YOU are (were) at 53 that eased me over the big 5-0 this last year! LOL!

Have a wonderful, blessed birthday, Colleen!


At 4:03 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Happy Birthday!!!! You look beautiful. Hope you have a great day!!

Love you! Rachel

At 6:01 PM, Blogger Camy Tang said...

Happy birthday! You seriously do not look your age. I had to think a full minute what a double nickle means. (Is that just pathetic or what?) But it was because you totally don't even LOOK it! Sigh. Can I grow up to be you, Colleen?


At 10:33 PM, Anonymous bethanie said...

don't worry camy, i had NO idea what double nickel meant. but you can excuse me coz i'm a silly aussie. but i worked it out by deb's comment.

i KNOW a nickel is 5c but still... i was confused. oh well.

At 11:32 PM, Blogger Pammer said...

Darling Colleen, you look mahvelous! Really, you do. You are a beautiful woman on the outside, but on the inside you are even more glorious as God's love shines through you.


At 1:35 AM, Blogger eileen said...

Hey, life on this side of fifty ain't all bad! Happy birthday.

At 12:42 PM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

You? Old? NEVER! I can only aspire to look as great in my fifties. Wait, I wish I looked as good as you NOW, in my 30s! And my dear friend, your soul is young and lively! And just think....if you WERE younger, you couldn't get so excited about the prospect of possible future isn't THAT worth the comments?

At 11:45 AM, Blogger south asia said...

As I was reading this, I thought that when you were hinting at a 'momentous' birthday that you were going to say the big 4-0. When it finally hit me what double nickel meant (I'm with you Camy and Bethanie) I was shocked. No way do you look your age, which must be a testament to your soul's age! Save the money on the paint; go buy a miniskirt instead. ;)


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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