Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. ~Chili Davis

OK, so I’m fifty-nine today if you must know. Yeah, hard to believe–even so when my mother exclaims, “My goodness. My baby is fifty-nine!” So when she makes remarks like that (only because she wants people to tell her that she doesn’t look eight-five–and she doesn’t) it makes me feel young.

But it’s only a number, and I’ve got that bucket list to complete and add to. So I’m exercising the brain by doing puzzles and reading. I’ve found a passion for Boot Camp and Zumba which is keeping me in the best shape that I have ever been in. Dapper G and I eat healthy foods. Actually, fifty-nine ain’t lookin’ too bad! And I don’t want to grow up! Don’t want to be president! I’m youth! I’m joy! So there!

Events of 1052:

  • Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Old Man and the Sea was published in 1952.
  • John Steinbeck’s novel East of Eden was published in 1952.
  • Herman Wouk won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for The Caine Mutiny.
  • In baseball, the New York Yankees won the 1952 World Series, beating the Brooklyn Dodgers, 4 games to 3. Casey Stengel was manager of the New York Yankees.  (This one’s for you, Thorn)
  • Albert Schweitzer won the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize.
  • In 1952, the hydrogen bomb was detonated for the first time.
  • The transistor radio was developed. 
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected 34th President of the U.S.
  • Joseph Stalin ruled the Soviet Union.
  • Actors and actresses who were born in 1952 included: Maria Schneider (March 27 in Paris), Liam Neeson (June 7 in Ireland), Isabella Rossellini (June 18 in Rome), Robin Williams (July 21 in Chicago), Patrick Swayze (August 18 in Texas), Christopher Reeve (Sept. 25 in New York), Paul Rubens (a.k.a. Pee Wee Herman, August 27 in New York), Jeff Goldblum (Oct. 22 in Pittsburgh), Angelica Huston (in Ireland).

©Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2011.

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16 thoughts on “Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. ~Chili Davis

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  2. So many nice comments and wishes for the Birthday Girl. See how great the year was,and I know that you enjoy and see alllll of it. Happy Birthday and many Happy Returns.

  3. Thanks, Everyone, for the birthday wishes. Yes, I shall be dancing brightly from here on, will continue to listen to Van Morrison, have all of you as an inspiration, and one day have coffee with some blogging buddies in England!

  4. Happy Birthday Petal,

    Love the quote. It is indeed an impressive array of World Series champs and actors and authors, but you are the proof positive that it was a very good year.

  5. Happy birthday you! you are certainly not old in any shape or form!
    I’m 59 already so am planning my big 6 -O in January.
    We can compare bucket lists over a coffee one day maybe!

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